Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)
Top Myths about the Women's & Gender Studies
MYTH: No men allowed.
FACT: You don't have to be a woman to participate in the Minor, to be a feminist, or to be an activist for women's and gender issues. Further, WGS seeks to foster compassion for both sexes.
MYTH: WGS is only talks about white women
FACT: WGS is a diverse field that explores race, class, gender and sexuality in complex ways.
MYTH: This will not help me in my career.
FACT: The WGS Minor opens up many career opportunities, even to jobs you might think have nothing to do with women's studies. (Examples: Social Work, Health Sciences, Law, Business, Education, Psychology, etc.)
MYTH: All feminists are the same.
FACT: No two feminists are alike. Feminism is also a diverse concept that represents a number of different interests.
MYTH: I have to be a liberal arts major.
FACT: ANY major can have a Women's Studies minor.
MYTH: WGS is only about suffragists and bra-burners.
FACT: Once again, WGS is a diverse field. It is interdisciplinary and multi-faceted. You'll meet a few feminists, along with many other women and men with varied theoretical frameworks.
MYTH: I have to think a certain way to take these classes.
FACT: The minor does not aim to attract a certain “type” of people. Your opinions will be welcomed and challenged in this setting.
- What is Women's & Gender Studies (WGS)?
- What are cross-listed courses?
- What Practical Skills Will I Learn?
- How will these classes help me get a job?
- Can courses count from other Schools? (See Transfer Student)
- What classes do WGS Minors take?
- What classes do graduate students in WGS Take?
- Who do I talk to if I want to Minor or earn the Certificate?
- What Can I Do with this Minor?
- What are other students saying about WGS?
- How can faculty be more involved?
- How can students be more involved?
- What are some student organizations that WGS collaborates with?
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Links of interest
WGS Advisory Board/Council
The purpose of the WGS Council is to advise the Director of the program and enable all members of the University community to participate in and be informed about the Women's Studies Program.