Majors and Minors

Aspen Christian, Fariraishe Muzondo, and director of Individualized Major Program Susan Shepherd

Women’s Studies (WOST) is an interdisciplinary academic program drawing on courses from around the university which focus on women, gender and sexuality. A minor is offered directly through the Women’s Studies program, however students must pursue a Women’s Studies major through the Individualized Major Program in the School of Liberal Arts. This option allows students interested in issues related to gender and sexuality to design their major by drawing from the Women’s Studies course listings and other university offerings. Contact the Individualized Major Program office directly for more information about the requirements, but the Women’s Studies office will happily assist any student pursuing this option.

A graduate minor is available for students enrolled in an approved graduate program on the IUPUI or IUB campuses.

Intention to Minor in Women’s Studies Application 


The Women’s Studies Program at IUPUI provides undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue a sequence of courses the study of women and their changing roles in society. The program is interdisciplinary because women’s experiences encompass the full range of human activity, and separate disciplines offer unique starting points in interpreting these experiences.

The importance of women’s studies lies both in its interdisciplinary approach and in the timely opportunity it offers for the study of issues long neglected by scholarship.

Completion of the Women’s Studies Program may provide an additional basis for pursuing future training in law, psychology, history, literature, or public or business administration in areas related to women. For students who do not continue professional or graduate training in an academic discipline, specializing in women’s studies may provide a useful background in careers that focus on concerns of women, such as paralegal and probation work, secondary and elementary school counseling, journalism, and community agency service.

A minor in Women’s Studies (WOST) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements: 

  • Filing an Intent to Minor form with the Women’s Studies Program to commence work on the minor
  • Completion of properly distributed credit hour requirements for the baccalaureate degree in effect when the student was admitted to their home school 
  • Completion of 16 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course 
  • Contacting the Women’s Studies Program prior to graduation to officially confer the minor 


  • W 105: Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 cr.)
  • W 499: Senior Colloquium in Women’s Studies (1 cr.)
  • 12 credits in Women’s Studies or cross-listed classes (divided between the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and/ or other)
For a list of class options, see the School of Liberal Arts section of the current IUPUI bulletin (on-line at:
 Student Tatenda Kunaka presents her Women's Studies Capstone

About the Capstone:

The capstone project for the WOST minor is a one-credit, directed study that serves as a culmination for the student’s research interests in Women’s Studies.  Typically, at least one semester in advance of graduating, the student confers with the Director of the WOST program to determine a course of action.  Most students will request to work with an instructor from a prior course to develop a research paper that extends on research conducted previously in that instructor’s course.  If students are unable to find a suitable arrangement with a previous instructor, s/he should consult with the program Director, Dr Catherine Dobris ( who will make recommendations.  The capstone will ordinarily be directed by a full-time faculty member.

The purpose of the capstone is to provide an enriching experience for the student, which will help to focus and crystallize thinking and research in the minor.  Toward that end, there are variations on the above description that will be considered if they appear to meet the general aim of the activity. All proposals for variation should be submitted to the program director in writing.


Dr. Nancy Marie Robertson speaking on the retirement of Dr. Marianne Wokeck

  • One of the following introductory Women’s Studies courses:

WOST 601 (3 credits) 
WOST 602 (3 credits)

  • One of the following supplemental Women’s Studies courses:

WOST 500 (3 credits) 
WOST 601 (3 credits) 
WOST 602 (3 credits) 
WOST 695 (3 credits) 
WOST 701 (3 credits)


At least 6 credit hours in women’s studies courses (including cross-listed courses) approved by the Women’s Studies program.