Women's and Gender Studies

Welcome to Wingate University’s Women’s and Gender Studies webpage!

As chair of Wingate University’s Women’s and Gender Studies Committee, I’d like to tell you a little about our program and invite you to contact me if you are interested in learning more about us.

Wingate University created the Women’s Studies Committee in the 1980s to explore issues of interest and concern to its female faculty and student population. To allow students to explore women’s and gender issues more in-depth and to prepare students for related careers, the committee created a minor program of study in women’s studies. To minor in women’s and gender studies, students must take a total of eighteen credit hours in women’s studies courses, including Gender Roles in Society, Women in the History of Art and Music, Women in American History and Women in Literature.

In addition to the minor in women’s and gender studies, the committee also sponsors student travel to the conferences of the Southeastern Women’s Studies Association, entertaining and informative movies, lectures, performances and internships with local women’s shelters and organizations.

Members of the committee and faculty teaching courses in the program include myself, Dr. Ebonie Stringer, Dr. Nancy Randall, Dr. Pamela Thomas, Dr. Louise Napier, Dr. Mark Roncace and Dr. Sue Pauley.

Please explore our webpage and contact me if you have any questions.

Best wishes,
Carrie Hoefferle
Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Committee and Associate Professor of History at Wingate University


Why a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies?

A minor in women’s and gender studies allows students to explore the ways that their lives and the lives of those they love, care about or work with have been shaped by gender roles in our history, education, politics, sports, health, art and families. Course work in women’s and gender studies enables students to investigate women’s and men’s lives as they are affected by gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, class, ethnicity, race and religious and national differences, as well as familiarize students with the often unacknowledged contributions made by women in various fields of endeavor. Students not only enjoy discovering these new perspectives on their own lives and their history, but also greatly enhance their own personal growth and professional abilities in a wide variety of career choices.


Career Opportunities
A minor in women’s and gender studies will help students prepare for all career fields because all students will have careers which will require them to work effectively with people from a variety of gender and sexual perspectives. Courses in women’s and gender studies help students to better understand these varied perspectives so that they can better understand their colleagues, patients, customers, students and clients. These perspectives are especially crucial in the career fields of:
  • Human services
  • Human resources
  • National and international business
  • Health and wellness professions
  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Counseling
  • Psychology
  • Public service
Requirements for a Minor in Women’s Studies
18 credit hours in the following classes:
  • Women in American History (HIST/WS 312)
  • Gender Roles in Society (WS/SOC 205)
  • Women in Literature (WS/ENG 315)
  • Women in the History of Art (WS/ART 304)
  • Women and the Bible (WS/REL 316)
  • Marriage and the Family (WS/SOC 204)
  • Special Topics in Women’s Studies (WS 402)
  • Independent Study in Women’s Studies (WS 403)