Women’s Studies Minor

Jennifer McKinney, PhD, Director


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.

  • A minimum 30 credits are required for this minor, including 15 upper-division credits.
  • WST 2350 Introduction to Women’s Studies, WST 4940 Internship and WST 4960 Independent Project are this minor’s Core courses.
  • You will choose 20–24 credits of electives.
  • Because of its adaptability, this minor can easily complement majors in areas such as Sociology, Psychology, Theology, History, Communication, English, Languages, Cultures & Linguistics, Political Science, Family and Consumer Sciences, and Business.
  • This minor welcomes both male and female students to pursue it.
  • You will develop an understanding of the social construction of gender in historical, contemporary, Western, and global contexts. 
  • This minor teaches you skills of critical analysis, problem solving, and value reasoning.

entering and completing the minor

  • If this is your first quarter at SPU and you wish to enter this minor, you may select the program by using the online Major or Minor Application form. You will receive an email notification of acceptance.
  • If you are an SPU student with an SPU cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better, use the online Major or Minor Application form to select the minor. You will receive an email notification of acceptance. Students on academic probation (with an SPU cumulative GPA below 2.0) will not be permitted to enter a new major or minor until they regain good academic standing.
  • The University requires a grade of C- or better in all classes that apply to a major or minor; however, programs may require higher minimum grades in specific courses. You may repeat an SPU course only once for a higher grade.
  • With the help of your minor advisor, you should create a plan that includes the combination of elective courses that will best prepare you to achieve your career and life goals.
  • To advance in this program, meet with your faculty advisor regularly to discuss your grades, course progression, and other indicators of satisfactory academic progress. If your grades or other factors indicate that you may not be able to successfully complete the minor, your faculty advisor can work with you to explore options, which may include choosing a different minor.
  • You must complete the major or minor requirements in effect in the SPU Undergraduate Catalog for the year of admittance to the minor.

Time Schedule 

Course planning

Suggested course sequences help you complete your degree in a timely manner.