Women's & Gender Studies


Women's Studies seeks to understand the contributions of women to human cultures and their experiences as women in those cultures. Women's studies is interdisciplinary: it draws ideas, information, and methods from many traditional academic disciplines in order to explore the full range of women's lives and the role that gender plays in organizing knowledge and in our social and political structures. While Women's Studies takes steps to integrate women fully into the pursuit of knowledge, the perspective it offers on matters of gender is broad and far-reaching. Women's Studies courses are likely to treat such issues as the relationship between gender, race and class, multiculturalism, cultures of work, and global feminism. Women's Studies courses are for all students—male and female, white students and students of color, middle class and working class—who are interested in getting a pluralistic approach to gender issues.

At The University of Southern Mississippi, the Women's Studies Program offers both an undergraduate and a graduate minor. In addition to courses specific to the program—Introduction to Women's Studies, Special Topics in Women's Studies and African Women Writers—we offer classes in a variety of academic areas, from sociology to literature, nursing to human performance, theatre and dance to speech communication, history, and political science. Please see the link below for specific program requirements.


Undergraduate Minor

The undergraduate minor in Women’s Studies requires 18 hours. All students must complete Women's Studies 301: Introduction to Women’s Studies, and five other courses from at least three disciplines.

The following are regularly taught courses with a standing course number for the minor.


Undergraduate Minor

ANT 452

Language, Gender and Culture

CJ 463/WS 427

Family Law

CJ 464/WS 428

Family Violence

DAN 462/WS 462

Dance History I

DAN 463/WS 436

Dance History II

ENG 468/WS 403

British Women Writers

ENG 478/WS 602

American Women Writers

HIS 328/WS 310

Ancient and Medieval Women

HIS 477/WS 410

Women in American Society

HPR 403

Coaching the Female Athlete

NSG 492

Women’s Health (Online)

 PS 405/WS 420Women and Politics
SCM 475Gender Issues/Speech Comm.
SOC 415/WS 425Sociology of Gender
WS 401African Women Writers
WS 450Special Topics in WS
WS 490Directed Research in WS


Graduate Minor

The graduate minor is designed to develop the student’s proficiency in a variety of feminist theories and research methodologies at an advanced level.

Requirements include:

A minimum of nine hours for the master’s-level minor or a minimum of 12 hours for the doctoral minor.  WS601, “Feminist Research Methods,” or the director’s approval of previous course work in WS as an equivalent.  The remaining hours fulfilled in electives from approved courses numbered 500 or above and distributed across at least two disciplines in addition to WS.

The courses include:


Graduate Minor

ANT 552

Language, Gender and Culture

ENG 568/WS 503

British Women Writers

ENG 678/WS 602

Topics in Writing by Women

HIS 577/WS 510

Women in American Society

NSG 692

Women’s Health (Online)

PS 505/WS 520

Women and Politics

SOC 515/WS 525

Sociology of Gender

WS 692

Special Problems in WS