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Women & Gender Studies

Welcome to the

Women & Gender Studies program!

Pictures and names of WGS faculty: Paula Hinton, History; Nicole Cook, Criminology/Social Justice; Krystal Akehinmi, History; Jennifer Grey, English; Susan Muchshima Moynihan, English; Helen Hunt, English

This is an interdisciplinary program within the College of Arts & Sciences that takes an intersectional, transnational, feminist approach to the study of women and gender. The curriculum focuses on the lives of people who identify as women and investigates how assumptions about gender, sex, and sexuality inform social, cultural, intellectual, and political practices that both reproduce and resist hierarchies of power. Courses examine how gender disparities connect with other significant identities such as race, ethnicity, class, age, religion, ability, nationality, immigrant status, and body size. Through a student-centered approach, faculty inspire students of all backgrounds to engage with local, national, and international communities in efforts to achieve social justice.

Minor in Women and Gender Studies

Students who are interested in the WGS minor must follow criteria outlined by the College of Arts and Sciences for a Minor in Arts and Sciences:

A minor for Arts and Sciences students requires the completion of 15 semester hours, including 6 upper-division hours, in a coherent program of study. The criterion of coherence may be met in either of two ways: (1) by following the minor curriculum prescribed by any department or college at Tennessee Tech, so long as it includes at least 6 upper-division hours; (2) if such a minor curriculum is not available in the chosen department or college, by taking the 15 semester hours, including 6 at the upper division, in a single discipline—i.e., normally, courses with the same course prefix, but students should check with the department offering the minor before assuming this.

A minor in Women and Gender Studies requires completion of WGS 2010 and a minimum of 12 additional credit hours of course work: 6 credit hours from the core courses and the remaining 6 credit hours from either core courses or electives. 6 of the 12 credit hours must come from upper division courses. 

To add the minor or discuss substituting classes, please contact the minor advisor, Dr. Helen Hunt at

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Questions? Contact the minor advisor: Dr. Helen Hunt,