Women's and Gender Studies
About the Center
The Center for Women's and Gender Studies at the University of Central Missouri is home to an interdisciplinary program that draws on the talents of faculty from across campus and the country. In addition to a student group, S.A.G.E. - Students Advocating Gender Equality, the Center sponsors special events during Women's History Month, an annual fundraiser, and various other activities through the year intended to highlight women's and gender issues. The Center also annually issues the Pat Ashman Women's Studies Scholarship to an individualized major or minor in Women's Studies for her/his academic excellence. In 2008, the Center created the Renee T. Betz Endowment for Women's Studies to be used in a variety of ways to further the program and it's students. From this endowment, the department will annually award a student with the Renee T. Betz Award in Women's Studies.
More specifically, the Center offers or cross lists courses in feminist theory; race, class, and gender; colloquia in feminist studies; and numerous specialized courses such as "Gender and Communication," "Women in America," "Gender and Religion," and "African American Women, Gender, and Girlhood." As compentencies for its students, the program promotes the development of higher-level thinking, valuing, and oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills.
Any undergraduate student may earn a minor in Women's Studies by taking three core courses and several additional courses selected from the list of electives (21 hours total). The Center also offers a 12-credit hour Graduate Certificate in Women's and Gender Studies.
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