5 women’s studies classes to take before graduation

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The BYU global women’s studies minor requires 16 credit hours focused on gender studies. But women’s studies has application in nearly every major and career field.

Here are five classes you should take before graduating from BYU—even if you don’t declare the minor:

  1. ARTHC 301: Women in Art (3 credit hours)
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    This course deals with the history of female artists, critics and patrons, as well as how women are represented in Western art. The class also studies theories and methodologies of feminist art history.

  2. POLI 342: Gender and Politics (3 credit hours)
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    Students enrolled in this class will learn about theories of representation and issues with the intersections of gender with citizenship, leadership and political candidacy. Gendered political issues are also covered.

  3. WS 222: Introduction to Global Women’s Studies (3 credit hours)
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    This introductory course examines issues affecting women as well as the contributions of women both in the United States and around the globe. The course is interdisciplinary, the teaching approach depending on the professor’s focus. The course also counts for the Global and Cultural Awareness GE credit.

  4. WS 350: Medieval European Women Writers (3 credit hours)
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    This class focuses on European literature written by women in the Middle Ages prior to 1500.

  5. WS 392R: Women’s Studies Colloquium (1 credit hour)
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    In this class, researchers present findings on global women’s issues and throughout history, covering women’s experiences within education, ethnic groups and economics. Anyone can attend colloquium without enrolling in the course. Find the semester presenter schedule here.

    Learn more about the global women’s studies program, courses offered and the process of declaring the minor here.

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