Using an interdisciplinary gendered perspective, the minor in Women’s Studies helps students study feminist scholarship and methodology as well as develop skills to engage in feminist activism.
The Women's Studies minor introduces students to the study of women and their experiences from an interdisciplinary, critical, women-centered perspective. Theoretical developments in feminist scholarship and methodology will be addressed and the relevance of theory for feminist activism will be investigated. This specialization will support students who intend to pursue women's studies in graduate school.
Courses offered within Women's Studies minor draw from a wide range of undergraduate programs within Lesley University, including Sociology and Social Change, Art History, Literature, Biology and History. Students must choose courses from at least two different disciplines to complete the minor.
This course explores issues related to women and men and work from colonial to contemporary America including relationships of work to ethnicity, class, economic change, political, and social conditions.
This course focuses on the impact and consequences of being female and Hispanic, both in the United States as well as in the Caribbean and Central/South American continent. It examines women's changing role from an interdisciplinary perspective, as well as the influence of class, race, and socioeconomic status on the generalized images of Hispanic women in the United States.
This course analyzes contemporary and historical patterns, images, myths, and practices that women draw on to express that which is sacred to them. Students examine the diversity of women’s sociocultural relationships with religion and personal and political dimensions of what they understand as “spirituality,” whether practiced individually or communally.
In this course students analyze ways in which the spiritual and racial identities of women shape their responses to racism. They study their own cultural identity, read and discuss a range of writing about gender, and race, and use historical and contemporary examples to test their ideas and concepts.
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