The Women’s Studies
minor was first proposed by Dr. Carolyn Tyirin Kirk and
was included in the Monmouth College curriculum in 1990.
Since that time, new courses have been added in various
departments that count toward the completion of the
Women’s Studies minor. The Monmouth College Women’s
Studies minor is a multi-disciplinary minor that
considers feminist theories and perspectives in courses
across the curriculum. Currently, Women’s Studies
faculty come from twelve different disciplines
(Anthropology, Art, Classics, Communication, English,
History, Modern Foreign Languages, Philosophy, Political
Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Sociology) and
all are committed to the ideals of liberal arts and the
importance of serious feminist criticism in the academy.
The interdisciplinary nature of
the Women’s Studies Program affirms multiple feminisms
and diversity of feminist thought. The minor stresses
the skills of critical thinking, analytical and
synthetic thinking, clear and organized prose writing,
discussion strategies, and feminist praxis, and the
importance of making wide-ranging connections across
traditionally conceived boundaries. This minor was
created to be flexible, to enhance all majors, and to
consider and question human assumptions about gender and
The objectives of the program are:
1. To encourage the members of the MC community to think
critically and sensitively about gender and gendered
2. To sharpen students’ critical awareness of how gender
operates in institutional, social, and cultural contexts
and in their own lives.
3. To introduce students to critical gender theories
including feminism(s) in a demanding intellectual
4. To introduce students to women’s history, feminist
theories and criticism.
5. To provide a critical theoretical framework through
which to view and assess knowledge of gender
inequalities within and across cultural contexts.
6. To strengthen student ability to write and speak
coherently, logically, analytically, and correctly
through research and application of feminist criticism.
7. To understand how feminisms and feminist critiques
are used to make informed judgments that strengthen
community, build public policy, and reconfigure sexist
institutions—currently and historically.
8. To understand how feminist thinking and feminist
criticism have impacted and/or challenged traditional
disciplines of the liberal arts.
9. To understand women’s major contributions to
knowledge and art which have been historically
overlooked and/or marginalized.
10. To heighten student’s awareness of the complex
intersection(s) among gender, race, class, ethnicity,
and sexual orientation.
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