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Women's Studies Minor

      The Women’s Studies Program at Carson Newman is designed to offer students the opportunity to earn an Interdisciplinary Minor in Women’s Studies.  Through this program students are encouraged to study women and gender in different cultures and time periods. Our program seeks to integrate questions of race, class and gender and to approach these from a global perspective. The program allows students to gain an historical perspective on the roles which women have played in societies around the world and across time. It also strives to provide a supportive community to students interested in feminist issues through dinners, workshops, and outings.

To minor in Women’s Studies students must take 18 hours of coursework in courses that focus primarily on women or women’s issues. At least three disciplines must be represented. Courses may be chosen from


  • 340 Studies in the Novel (when the content focuses on women writers)
  • 440 Topics in Women Writers
  • 444 Topics in Gender
  • 447 Topics in Southern Women Writers


  • 242 Readings in Feminist Writers (may be repeated for credit when topic changes)
  • 323 Global Feminism: Women in the Modern World

 Political Science

  • 323  Global Feminisms: Women in the Modern World
  • 338 Women and the Law
  • 410  Women and Politics


  • 408  Psychology of Gender


  • 416  Women and Biblical Tradition
  • 437  Women in Christian History


  • 309  Marriage and Family
  • 401  Family Violence


  • 415 Women’s Health Issues

Other special topics courses with an emphasis on women’s issues or women’s studies may also be applied to the minor and students may work with individual professors to devise independent study courses that may be applied to the minor.

For more information contact Dr. Beth Vanlandingham (History), Dr. Shannon Carpenter Collins (English), Dr. April Dye (Psychology), Dr. Kara Stooksbury (Political Science), or Dr. Christine Jones (Religion).

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