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NCCU to become first HBCU in UNC system to offer women, gender studies minor

The College of Arts and Sciences at N.C. Central University will introduce a new minor, Women and Gender Studies, in Fall 2016.

The move makes NCCU the first historically black college and university in the UNC system to offer a Women and Gender Studies minor subject area.

This interdisciplinary program will prepare students to think critically about structures of power, privilege and identity, while exploring intersections of gender, race, class, religion, sexuality and other aspects of social structures affecting women’s equality. It also will explore global experiences of women, with an emphasis on women of the African diaspora.

“The minor in women and gender studies will present students with opportunities to engage in conversations and pursue innovative research in the complex historical and contemporary issues associated with women and gender,” said Carlton Wilson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “NCCU’s diverse faculty and student body are uniquely positioned to benefit from and make a significant contribution to this important field of study.”

Course offerings in the minor are open to all university students. Students pursuing a minor in Women and Gender Studies will have the opportunity to select from courses spanning university disciplines to mold a curriculum that fits their educational needs and professional goals. Currently, the minor courses are drawn from the departments of Language and Literature; History; Mass Communication; Theatre and Dance; Music, and Public Health.

The NCCU College of Arts and Sciences is where cultural and intellectual diversity meet. From history to graphic design, it provides an opportunity for self-inquiry, research and career exploration. The college offers 13 undergraduate programs, eight master’s programs and a Ph.D. in Integrated Biosciences.

For more information about the Women and Gender Studies minor, contact Shauntae White at sbwhite@nccu.edu or 919-530-7109.