Graduate Fields of Study - Comparative Women and Gender Minor

The University of Arizona’s Department of History offers a unique cross-cultural approach to women and gender studies. Students have the option of selecting a Minor field in Comparative Women’s and Gender History, taken together with a Major field in one of the following: United States, Latin America, Early Europe, Modern Europe, Middle Eastern Histories, and Asian history. Within women’s and gender history, the intersections of gender, race, and class are principal concerns. Students choosing this Minor will be expected to familiarize themselves with the literature on women and gender in their major geographical area of concentration and with basic issues in comparative women and gender studies. This program has strong connections with Women’s Studies program and Latin American Studies.


The minor in Comparative Women’s and Gender History requires a minimum of 12 units with 6 of those at the 695 level or above. At least one colloquium in Comparative Women’s History (695e), one course in women’s history outside the student’s major field, and one seminar in women’s history (696n) must be taken. In the past, topics such as Women and War, Women and Sexuality in the City, Comparative Imperialism, Women and Work, and the history of Sexuality have been examined in colloquia and seminars.

The other three units may be from the following: another colloquium in Comparative Women’s and Gender History (695e), a 500 level course in comparative history, a graduate colloquium dealing with the history of women in a specific country or region, or another women’s history course outside the student’s Major field. In addition, the student is expected to take one course in women’s history within the Major field.


Students must have two examiners from the Minor field on the examination committee. The student’s reading list will be tailored to his/her interests in consultation with these two examiners. Becoming familiar with the bibliography is part of the student’s responsibility.


Julia Clancy-Smith (Middle East)

Linda Darling (Middle East)

Alison Futrell (Early Europe)

Katie Hemphill (United States)

Susan Karant-Nunn (Early Europe)

Katherine Morrissey (United States)

Erika Pérez (United States)

Jadwiga Pieper-Mooney (Latin America)

Tyina Steptoe (United States)

Laura Tabili (Modern Europe)

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