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2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog 
2009-2010 UMass Dartmouth Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Women’s Studies Minor

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The Minor in Women’s Studies

UMass Dartmouth offers a minor in Women’s Studies through a flexible interdisciplinary program of courses. Many classes are organized in seminar style to allow the fullest possible participation of all students. Minors work closely with a faculty advisor to explore course options and earn academic credits through independent study and field work opportunities. Collaboration with the Women’s Resource Center encourages students to apply knowledge gained in the classroom to practical work on campus and in the community.


The WMS major is minor is composed of 18 credits that are completed in the following way: 

  • Two (2) Core Courses for 6 credit hours as follows:

    • WMS 101: Introduction to Women’s Studies
    • WMS 201: Introduction to Feminist Theory
  • One (1) upper level feminist theory course
  • Three electives for a total of nine credit hours, one of which is to be from a perspective other than European or American, from an approved list.

Out of the eighteen (18) credit hours for the minor, nine (9) need to be at the upper level.


Students are encouraged to meet with the Program Director and program faculty to plan a course sequence that responds to their individual interests and goals. A student may take WMS courses at any time, although a minor cannot be formally declared until a student earns 54 credits.


Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 and a GPA in their major of 2.5.

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