Jennifer McKinney, Director, Sociology Department
As an institution that centers its mission in the historical Christian
faith, Seattle Pacific University affirms that women are created in
God’s image, redeemed by Christ, and called to lives of scholarship,
service, and leadership.
Prompted by that affirmation, SPU offers an
interdisciplinary women’s studies minor and welcomes both male
and female students to pursue it. The primary goals of the women’s
studies minor are:
- Establish in the campus community an
awareness of the overlooked values, neglected contributions, and
marginalized perspectives of women.
- Assure that students
have the time and opportunity to explore women’s issues fully in light
of the Christian faith.
- Provide resources for incorporating
women’s issues and contributions into other pertinent disciplinary
The women’s studies minor provides a course of study that
stretches across disciplines.
- It encourages interdisciplinary thought
- It teaches skills of critical analysis, problem
solving, and value reasoning.
Because of its adaptable course
requirements and final project, the minor can be designed to complement majors in areas such as sociology, psychology,
religion, history, communication, English, foreign languages,
political science, family and consumer sciences, and business.
Admission to the Women’s Studies Minor
Applicants for a minor in women’s studies must have:
- A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher in all college work
applicable to the B.A.
- A grade of at least a C- in WST/SOC
2350 Introduction to Women’s Studies.
A student must complete the minor requirements in effect when the student is admitted to the minor. Application can be made in
Alexander Hall, room 102.
Requirements for the Women’s Studies Minor
The women’s studies minor consists of at least 30 credits, of which
15 must be upper-division. Course requirements include WST 2350
Introduction to Women’s Studies, 20–24 credits of electives, and a final independent project (WST 4960) or internship (WST 4940).
Michelle Beauclair, associate professor of French
- Barbara Bovy, professor of family and consumer sciences
- Christine Chaney, associate professor of English
- Kerry Dearborn, associate professor of theological studies
- Ruth Ediger, associate professor of political science
- Alberto Ferreiro, professor of European history
- Michael Hamilton, associate professor of history
- Sharleen Kato, professor of family and consumer sciences
- Jaeil Lee, assistant professor of family and consumer sciences
- Kathleen Lustyk, associate professor of psychology
- Jennifer Maier, associate professor of English
- Jennifer McKinney, assistant professor of sociology
- Kevin Neuhouser, professor of sociology
- Priscilla Pope-Levison, professor of theological studies
- Todd Rendleman, associate professor of communication
- Kimberly Segall, assistant professor of English
- Rick Steele, professor of moral and historical theology
- Doug Thorpe, associate professor of English
- Tom Trzyna, professor of English
- Suzanne Wolfe, instructor in English
- Michael Ziemann, associate professor of European studies/German and linguistics
Note: Not all courses are offered every year. Check the Time Schedule for current offerings. Information concerning additional courses that will
fulfill requirements for the minor is available from the women’s studies’ director.