Agenda Item No. V. B. 7.

Washburn University Board of Regents

SUBJECT: Creation of a Minor in Women's Studies


The Washburn University General Faculty recommends the creation of a minor in women's studies. The minor consists of 15 hours of coursework from a set of currently existing courses (see below). At least six (6) hours must be taken at the upper division level. A women's studies minor committee, coordinated by the College of Arts and Sciences but with representation for all interested academic units, will supervise the program and approve additions to the course listing. It is anticipated that students will also have the opportunity to select special topics courses or do individualized readings in this area. Students may petition the committee to have coursework (typically transfer work) that is not part of the course list designated as counting toward the minor by showing that a majority of that course's work directly related to women's studies.

The Minor in Women's Studies provides students an additional interdisciplinary educational opportunity in an important area of study.

Courses included in the Women's Studies Minor at this time:

AN 321 Anthropology of Women

CJ 314 Women in Criminal Justice: Offenders, Employees and Victims

EN 214 Women and Literature

HI 315 Women in US History

HI 380 Women in World History

HI 281/HI 381/PY 281/PY 381 History and Psychology of Sex and Gender (one version only)

Additional Costs: N/A. All identified courses are existing courses. No new faculty will be added.

Library Resources: Current Library holdings are adequate.

The University Council approved the proposal on December 10, 2002.

The General Faculty approved the proposal on January 30, 2003.


President Farley recommends Board of Regents approval of the proposed Minor in Women's Studies.

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(date) Jerry B. Farley, President

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