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This minor is an excellent addition to any student’s portfolio of activities; although the majority of students are women, men are welcome to explore this minor as well.

Are you curious about how societies create, control or contain gender differences? Are you intrigued by the many ways in which gender affects your life? Are you aware of the changes in women’s roles in society in the last hundred years? Do you doubt that women are from Venus and men from Mars? If so, the Women’s Studies minor offered at Penn State Brandywine may be an excellent choice for you. Women’s Studies explores gender issues in every area of life. By focusing on gender-distinct perceptions and experiences, you will gain a vital perspective on human experience throughout history and across cultures.
Coursework focuses on feminist analyses of the structure of sex/gender systems, gender relations, and women’s contributions in all facets of life to their cultures. The interdisciplinary and inclusive nature of the field is reflected in a curriculum that includes courses cross-listed with a wide variety of departments; courses deal with diversities of culture, race, religion, ethnicity, age, disability, and sexual orientation. Women’s Studies classes emphasize the development of critical, analytical and interpretive skills, of creative approaches to understanding social issues and of action-oriented capacities, through student participation and discussions with faculty.
This minor compliments every other course of study and gives students a nuanced, politically savvy perspective on other academic subjects. It is particularly valuable for those pursuing careers in law, medicine, education, public policy, communications, information technology, social sciences and business. It also encourages a deeper understanding of oneself and others, and facilitates the creation of positive interpersonal relationships and family life.
We encourage our students to participate in educational enrichment opportunities whenever possible: Included in the curriculum are internships, study abroad programs and courses, service learning, independent or ‘team’ research with faculty, and, if eligible, Penn State’s honors programs. Co-curricular activities also abound, with cultural programs, social gatherings, and community outreach opportunities.

To complete the minor, a grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR: 18 credits (Courses may double-count, for your major, General Education or other graduation requirements)

PRESCRIBED COURSES: 6 credits
WMNST 001 (3 credits) Introduction to Women’s Studies or WMNST 003 (3 credits) Introduction to Women: The Humanities and the Arts; WMNST 400 (3 credits) Feminist Theory

ADDITIONAL COURSES: 12 credits
Select at least 3 credits in the arts or humanities from Women’s Studies or from the program-approved list –List A.

Select at least 3 credits in the natural or social sciences from Women’s Studies or from the program-approved list – List B.

Select at least 3 credits that focus on non-Western women or on women of color in the United States from Women’s Studies or from the program-approved list – indicated as WOC or NWW on Lists A and B.

Courses that are heavily oriented to women’s issues or gender relations may be approved as contributing to the minor requirements. on an individual basis by the Head of Women’s Studies. For more information contact: Dr. Julie Gallagher, 610-892-1464, jag63@psu.edu


A selection of the courses listed below are taught each semester at Brandywine. (NWW non-western women; WOC women of color)

LIST A: Women's Studies Arts and Humanities List
(NWW non-western women; WOC women of color)
WMNST 003 Introduction to Women, the Humanities, and the Arts
WMNST / AAAS 101 The African American Woman (WOC)
WMNST / AMST 104 Women and the American Experience
WMNST / HIST 116 Family and Sex Roles in Modern History
WMNST/ RLST 137 Women and Religion
WMNST / ENGL 194 Women Writers
WMNST 187 Freshman Seminar
WMNST 197, 297, 497 Special Topics (1-9 credits)
WMNST 199, 299, 399, 499 Foreign Study—Women's Studies (1-12 credits)
WMNST / ENGL 402 Literature and Society
WMNST / ENGL 404 Identity, Difference and Place
WMNST / ENGL 490 Women Writers and their Worlds


List B: WMNST Natural & Social Sciences List
(NWW non-western women; WOC women of color)
WMNST / AAAS 100 Blacks in the 20th Century (WOC)
WMNST / AAAS 102 Women of Color: Cross Cultural Perspectives (WOC)
WMNST / SOC 110 Sociology of Sex Roles
WMNST / HIST 116 Family and Sex Roles in Modern History
WMNST / HIST 117 Women in Modern History
WMNST 187 Freshman Seminar
WMNST 199 Foreign Study (1-12 credits)
WMNST / HDFS 250 Sexual Identity over the Lifespan
WMNST 297 Special topics course number
WMNST / CAS 455 Gender Roles in Communication
WMNST / HDFS 418 Family Relationships
WMNST / HDFS 424 Family Development in Economic Context
WMNST / HDFS 425 Work as a Context for Human Development
WMNST / HDFS 433 Developmental Transition to Adulthood
WMNST / HDFS 445 Adulthood
WMNST / MGMT 321 Leadership and Motivation
WMNST / PSY 270 Psychology of Women
WMNST / COMM 205 Women, Minorities and Media (WOC)