Contact Information

 Dr. Laurie Naranch, Director
      Office: Siena Hall 427
 
      Phone: xt 6877
 
      Email: lnaranch@siena.edu

Requirements of the Women's Studies Minor

How Does the Minor in Women's Studies Work?

 
The Women’s Studies minor allows students to expand their knowledge of women and gender by choosing from an array of interdisciplinary courses offered in this field. Students interested in the minor should meet with the Program Director, Dr. Laurie Naranch, as early in their course of studies as possible. 18 credit hours are required for the minor. Students will choose 5 elective courses in Women’s Studies.  All Women's Studies minors must also complete the 3 credit capstone senior seminar course, WSTU 400.
 
Women's Studies Elective Courses:
 
WSTU 200      WOMEN IN ANTIQUITY (CLSS 210)
WSTU 210      WOMEN IN LITERATURE (ENGL 210)
WSTU 215      SEXUALITY IN LITERATURE (ENGL 215)
WSTU 220      PHILOSOPHY AND THE FEMININE (PHIL 285)
WSTU 230      WOMEN AND POLITICS (POSC 218)
WSTU 240      PSYCHOLOGY OF WOMEN (PSYC 120)
WSTU 250      WOMEN AND RELIGION (RELG 250)
WSTU 260      SOCIOLOGY OF SEX AND GENDER (SOCI 230)

WSTU 300      SPECIAL TOPICS IN WOMEN STUDIES: Topics have included courses such as:
GLOBAL WOMEN TRAVEL COURSE; BRITISH ROMANTIC WOMEN WRITERS (ENGL 285) 
ISSUES OF GENDER IN ART (CREA 297)
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE (SWRK 466)
GENDER AND POWER IN FILM (ENGL 285)
GAY AND LESBIAN LITERATURE (ENGL 490)
CONTEMPORARY QUEER LITERATURE AND FILM (ENGL 490)
WOMEN OF IRELAND, (ENGL 490) 
MODERN WOMEN WRITERS (ENGL 490)

WSTU 305      U.S. WOMEN’S HISTORY (HIST-325)
WSTU 310      WOMEN IN EUROPEAN HISTORY (HIST 375)
WSTU 320      MODERN MEN, MEANING AND MORALITY (RELG 300)
WSTU 330      WOMEN WRITERS FROM LATIN AMERICA: LITERATURE IN TRANSLATION (SPAN 027)
 
Required Capstone Seminar:
 
WSTU 400 WOMEN'S STUDIES SEMINAR: has focused upon topics such as BODY POLITICS, WOMEN AND TRAUMA IN LITERATURE, FEMINIST THEORY AND ACTIVISM. This seminar provides an advanced overview of the field of Women's Studies. The course emphasizes feminist theory, women's studies research methodologies, and contemporary political activism. Students complete advanced research projects, give group presentations, and engage in co-operative social justice actions. This course may be repeated with different topic.  Prerequisite: Completion of 3 Women's Studies courses or permission of instructor.