Academic Programs

The Braden Prize in Women’s Studies is awarded each year to a student majoring or minoring in women's studies who has demonstrated substantive contributions to the field through both scholarship and activism on behalf of women.

The award is named after Anne Braden, an activist from Louisville, Ky., who dedicated her life to promoting equal rights and justice for all people. Braden embodied many of the values esteemed by women's studies programs and is an excellent role model for women's studies students. In naming this award after Braden, we hope to increase awareness of Braden’s story and inspire students to connect their scholarship to activist efforts on behalf of all people.

KET—Living the Story: Anne Braden

Colorlines—Inside-Out and Upside-Down: An Interview with Anne Braden

Catalog 2015-2016

An interdisciplinary academic program, women’s, gender, and sexuality studies aims to expand students’ understanding and appreciation of women’s lives and experiences both historically and in contemporary societies worldwide. Courses used to fulfill the requirements of the minor pattern should, to asignificant degree, examine the ways in whichgender has structured intellectual and social traditions in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences. Special topics courses, independent studies, or courses taken at other institutions may fulfill a minor requirement, upon approval of the director of Women’s Studies.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Interdisciplinary Minor Pattern
6 course units, including:
Core course:
WGS 1004 Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

In addition, students must take 5 courses from the following:
CLA 2244 Gender and Sexuality in Greece and Rome
PHIL 2614 Animal Minds/Human Values
PHIL 3404 Epistemology
REL 2154 Gender Roles in Religious Life
SOC 2814 The Family—Past, Present, and Future
WGS 2004 Feminist Philosophies (or PHIL 2004)
WGS 2014 Introduction to Sexuality Studies
WGS 2124 Romance, Gender, and Popular Culture
WGS 2134 Immigration, Gender, and Race (or SOC 2154)
WGS 2144 Women's Literature (or ENG 2144)
WGS 2154 American Women Writers and Ethnicity (or ENG 2154)
WGS 2294 Special Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
WGS 2314 Gender and Children’s Literature (or EDU 2314)
WGS 2414 Sociology of Gender (or SOC 2414)
WGS 2524 Psychology of Gender (or PSY 2524)
WGS 2554 Human Sexuality (or PSY 2504)
WGS 2714 Jane Austen and Film (or ENG 2714)
WGS 2934 Gender, Culture, and the Social Body (or ANTH 2934 or SOC 2934)
WGS 3044 Gender and Communication (or WRC 3044)
WGS 3124 Women in American Life and Thought (or HIST 3124)
WGS 3134 Women in Art (or ARTH 3124)
WGS 3144 Gender in European History (or HIST 3144)
WGS 3204 Reading and Representing Women’s Lives
WGS 3234 Feminist Rhetorics (or WRC 3234)
WGS 3244 Global Feminisms (or ANTH 3244)
WGS 3424 Women in Education (or EDU 3424)
WGS 3434 Queer Theory (or PHIL 3434)
WGS 3514 Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective (or ANTH 3504)
WGS 3534 Black Feminist Theory (or PHIL 3534)
WGS 4204 Internship in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
WGS 4244 Directed Study in Women’s Studies
WGS 4294 Advanced Studies in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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