Ph.D. candidates in other disciplines may select a minor in Gender and Women's Studies. The Ph.D. minor in the Department of Gender and Women's Studies at the University of Arizona is intended to enhance their training in their major field by providing a foundation in diverse theories of gender, critical race theory, feminism and other social movements, history, literature, critical and cultural studies, and the relation of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and transnational economic and political processes. Through coursework and preparation for individually designed comprehensive exams (that include a GWS component), students gain understanding and skills in diverse approaches to feminist scholarship that inform the design and execution of their dissertation project.
The Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) Department at the University of Arizona stands at the cutting edge of interdisciplinary feminist research and curriculum. The Department was founded in 1975 and gained full departmental status in 1997. It offers BA, MA/JD, and PhD degree programs, and its renowned faculty - composed of 13 core faculty and over 60 affiliates - work in a wide range of areas including:
Our internationally prestigious Southwest Institute for Research on Women (SIROW) was established in 1979. SIROW develops collaborative research-action projects of importance to women in the southwestern U.S. and the Mexico-U.S. border regions; links researchers, community organizations, and policy makers to encourage informed policies and accessible, responsive services for diverse women's health and well-being; encourages women's contributions in knowledge and cultural production; and supports science and engineering education of, by, and for women and girls through the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program. The department also has a member-based community organization, the Women's Studies Advisory Council (WOSAC), that promotes and supports the students and faculty of GWS and its activities. The Women's Plaza of Honor is sponsored by the Women's Studies Advisory Council and is a means to fund an endowment to support GWS students in their academic achievement.
College of Social & Behavioral Sciences
University of Arizona - Main - Tucson
The Gender and Women's Studies minor is 12 units of approved Gender and Women's Studies courses, including two courses from the following list:
The remaining two courses may be any 500-level (or above) courses offered by core Gender and Women's Studies faculty or officially cross-listed with GWS. Students may repeat GWS539A and GWS539B one time each for credit that is applicable to a GWS PhD major, PhD minor, MA, or Concentration, on the condition that the syllabus for the course is substantially different from the earlier offering. Course eligibility will be determined by the Director of Graduate Studies or, if a conflict of interest, the Department Head. Repeat enrollment will be treated as a normal GWS elective course. Repeat enrollment will have no bearing on PhD Qualifying procedures tied to these courses.
The minor will be granted upon completion of coursework with a B or better for the required units. No more than two transfer courses will be accepted, and cannot replace the Gender and Women's Studies core courses.
Contact our Graduate Advisors for more information.
GWS 500 – Special Topics in Women’s Studies (3.00 units)
GWS 502 – Gender and Language in Japan (3.00 units)
GWS 503 – Latina Feminisms in the Americas (3.00 units)
GWS 511 – Human Sexuality in World History (3.00 units)
GWS 515 – Chicana/o Literary & Historical Recovery Projects (3.00 units)
GWS 525 – Gender, Culture and Capitalism (3.00 units)
GWS 530 – Queer Cinema (3.00 units)
GWS 532 – Social Justice Movement Media: History, Functions, And Theory (3.00 units)
GWS 538A – Women’s Health in Global Perspective (3.00 units)
GWS 539A – Feminist Theories I (3.00 units)
GWS 539B – Feminist Theories II (3.00 units)
GWS 545 – Women in Islamic History (3.00 units)
GWS 546 – Health and the Global Economy (3.00 units)
GWS 549 – Women in Ancient Israel (3.00 units)
GWS 551 – Gender and Violence in the Middle East (3.00 units)
GWS 552 – Israeli Women (3.00 units)
GWS 560 – Film and Feminism in Latin America (3.00 units)
GWS 563 – Gender Issues and Women’s Literature in the Middle East (3.00 units)
GWS 569 – Gender and Sexuality in Latin American History (3.00 units)
GWS 570 – The Feminization of Migration: Global Perspectives (3.00 units)
GWS 571 – Iranian Cinema, Gender Issues, and Social Change (3.00 units)
GWS 585 – Mexican/ Chicana Women’s History (3.00 units)
GWS 586 – Transnational Feminisms (3.00 units)
GWS 587 – Feminist Interpretations of Health (3.00 units)
GWS 591 – Preceptorship (1.00 – 4.00 units)
GWS 593 – Internship (1.00 – 6.00 units)
GWS 596C – The Literature of Identity in the Modern Middle East (3.00 units)
GWS 596P – Women’s Life Writing: Autobiography, Diary, Oral History, Biography… (3.00 units)
GWS 596S – Technology and Social Theory (3.00 units)
GWS 596T – Queer—Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender—Histories of North America (3.00 units)
GWS 599 – Independent Study (1.00 – 6.00 units)
GWS 605 – Moral Politics (3.00 units)
GWS 645 – Psychoanalysis and Cultural Theory (3.00 units)
GWS 684 – Feminist Knowledge Production (3.00 units)
GWS 691 – Preceptorship (1.00 – 3.00 units)
GWS 695B – Gender and the Law (1.00 – 3.00 units)
GWS 695E – Advanced Studies in the History of Women (3.00 units)
GWS 696A – Latina/o Literary and Cultural Studies (3.00 units)
GWS 696G – Queer Theories (3.00 units)
GWS 696H – Science and Social Theory (3.00 units)
GWS 696J – Sexuality and Aesthetics (3.00 units)
GWS 696N – Comparative Women’s History (3.00 units)
GWS 699 – Independent Study (1.00 – 6.00 units)
GWS 799 – Independent Study (1.00 – 6.00 units)
Per Graduate College rules, the minor must be represented on the comprehensive examination committee; minor representation is encouraged for the dissertation committee. GWS core or affiliate faculty may represent the minor on comprehensive examination and dissertation committees.
Please refer to the Graduate Student Handbook for students who are pursuing this program of study.