The 18–hour minor provides for an interdisciplinary approach to Diversity Studies. It also provides conceptual frameworks for exploring new perspectives which recover the history and creative expressions previously excluded by the traditional approaches to higher education. The minor fosters students development of self, voice, and moral vision to prepare students to live and work effectively in a pluralistic society. Although not required, the minor currently offers students the option of a concentration in a special topics area. The special topics include: African American, American Indian or Latino American Studies, Latinos and the Media. Students may also explore issues related to religion, age, sexual orientation, and physical ability and disability. Using the courses available students may design a special focus based on their interest or career path.
The 18-hour minor offers an interdisciplinary program that concentrates on the images and realities of women. Drawing on recent scholarship on women and gender, the Women’s Studies minor provides a flexible, coherent program that enables students to consider the significance of gender.
On a personal level, courses in this program enhance the human potential of both men and women, because knowledge about how societies construct gender relations can encourage students to examine their own attitudes and behavior. On an academic level, a minor in Women’s Studies provides study of the ongoing scholarship about women and gender and offers students the opportunity for exciting intellectual growth. On a professional level, the minor provides a valuable specialty to prepare students for opportunities in a variety of fields, including business, counseling, education, government, health and medicine, human resources, law, politics, psychology, social work, and graduate studies. The Women’s Studies minor helps students recognize their opportunities in a rapidly changing society and flexibly complements any major.
For a more detailed outline of the requirements for the undergraduate Diversity Studies and Women's and Gender Studies Minor, please refer to the course catalog.
Dr. Audwin Anderson, Director
Center for Diversity and Gender Studies UAC #478
Texas State University
601 University Drive
PHONE (512) 245-2361