Women's Studies MIN

Program Purpose


Women's Studies at BYU is designed to further the broad "Aims of a BYU Education" to "develop students of faith, intellect, and character who have the skills and the desire to continue learning and to serve others throughout their lives." Women's Studies students learn and master the theoretical and practical tools of the Women's Studies discipline as they learn to think, read, and write analytically, as they learn about women's contemporary and historical experiences both locally and globally, and as they use these tools to study, research, and serve.

Women's Studies students take seriously the prophetic injunction that Latter-day Saint women should "reflect righteousness and articulateness in their lives." The program provides students the opportunity to learn the scholarly apparatus, vocabulary, and theoretical approaches of Women's Studies. Its courses and capstone experience allow students to learn of, consider, and analyze women's historical and contemporary contributions both in the United States and the world. Through verbal and written communication Women's Studies students demonstrate their knowledge and through service they demonstrate their commitment. 

Curricular Structure

Catalog Information

Women's Studies Program

Learning Outcomes


Women and Society

1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the ways different institutions (such as religion, education, media, family, government and law), issues (gender-based violence, health, representation in the media, the workplace), and factors (race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability) intersect with and affect women's lives.

Courses that Contribute: ARTHC 301 HLTH 450 WS 332 WS 352 WS 395R WS 351 WS 390R WS 392R WS 422 WS 492
Linked to BYU Aims: Competence
Women's Contributions

2. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the worldwide contributions of women (individually and collectively) to history, culture, politics, health, sciences, religions, family, etc.

Courses that Contribute: ARTHC 301 WS 332 WS 395R WS 351 WS 390R WS 392R WS 492
Linked to BYU Aims: Human knowledge
Effective Communication and Analysis

3. Students will be able to read, write, and think analytically. They will be able to conduct research using primary and secondary sources and communicate that research effectively in oral, written, and multi-media presentations.

Courses that Contribute: ARTHC 301 HLTH 450 WS 332 WS 352 WS 395R WS 390R WS 392R WS 422 WS 492
Linked to BYU Aims: Communicate effectively

Evidence of Learning


Direct Measures

Currently direct measures in the Women's Studies minor program include a WS 222 and 492 online diagnostic assessment, and of the WS 492 capstone project, which includes a research paper and public presentation.

Indirect Measures

The current indirect measure is the WS alumni survey.

Learning and Teaching Assessment and Improvement


The Women's Studies Executive Committee will gather the evidence of student learning during the academic year, and during spring term, will analyze the stated direct and indirect measures of learning outcomes and decide on actions to be taken. During the University Annual Conference, WS faculty affiliates will discuss the status and needs of the program and make further suggestions for actions to be taken.