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Gender, Race, and Nation Minor


This minor introduces students to a range of feminist scholarship on the intersection of gender with race and ethnicity and with nation. Courses examine race and ethnicity in contexts that are local, transnational, or both. They analyze the ways in which gender, race, and nation are constituted with and against each other, and how these constructions operate in discourses, institutions, politics, societies, and individual lives past and present. The minor can be tailored toward an international or domestic emphasis, but topics are likely to include the changing boundaries of race, gender, and nation; differential relations among nations; histories of imperialism, colonialism, and globalization; and postcolonial resistance and theory.


Five courses totaling at least 15 credits.

  1. Foundational Course.  One course chosen from:
    WS 240 Introduction to Women’s Studies
    WS 250 Race, Gender and Nation.
  2. Feminist Theory: One course chosen from:
    WS 330 Feminist Thought 
    WS 422/PolSci 401 Feminist Political Theory.
  3. Electives.  Three electives (9 credits) in the gender, race, and nation area of the WS curriculum. At least two courses must be upper-level courses, with at least one at the 400-level.

Worksheet for Gender, Race, and Nation Minor

PLEASE NOTE. Only one course may be used to meet both the requirements of a minor and a major.

TO DECLARE: A student may declare a minor only after a major has been declared. 

Students interested in declaring or learning more about Women's Studies minors (as well as the Gender & Health major or Women's Studies major), must first attend an Information Session.

Information Sessions are held on the following dates: Wed. Jan. 24, 4:30-5:15pm, Monday, Feb. 19, 3:15-4:00pm, Wed. March 14, 4:30-5:15pm, and Monday, April 2, 3:15-4:00pm. Sign up for an Infomation Session on the advising calendar

WALK-IN ADVISING is held when classes are in session on Tuesdays, 1:30-4:30pm in 1122 Lane Hall.

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For a list of courses that meet minor requirements, please see the buttons at the top of this page.