Women’s Studies

Cheri Molter, Women's Studies minor, presents at the annual Research and Creativity Symposium

The minor in Women’s Studies serves the university by raising students’ awareness of the impact of gender on
their personal, professional, and academic lives; encouraging a culture of openness surrounding issues of gender and
gender identity; and providing students with a grounding in feminist theory, enabling them to engage in scholarship
informed by feminist and gender-studies perspectives.


Minor Requirements

The Women’s Studies minor consists of 18 s.h. distributed as follows:

Required Core Courses:

  • WST 2000 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3 s.h.)
  • ENG 3420 Women’s Literature (3 s.h.)
  • HIS 3820 History and Gender (3 s.h.)

Interdisciplinary Electives: Select any 9 s.h from the following:

  • HIS 2040 U.S. Women’s History (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 3720 Marriage and Family (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 3830 Gender and Society (3 s.h.)
  • SOC 3920 Human Sexuality (3 s.h.)
  • WST 2020 Internship (1-3 s.h.)
  • WST 3850 Special Topics (3 s.h.)
  • WST 4850 Special Topics (3 s.h.)

Contact the Women’s Studies Program

Dr. Kelly Walter Carney

Kelly Walter Carney, PhD

Professor of English; Co-Director, Women's Studies
(910) 630-7376
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Dr. Kelly Walter Carney
Kelly Walter Carney, PhD

Professor of English; Co-Director, Women's Studies

B.A., Oral Roberts University; M.A., Vanguard University; M.A., Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University

Bio:

Dr. Kelly C. Walter Carney earned her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature at the Pennsylvania State University. Her fields of study include Women Writers, American Ethnic Writers, Environmental literature, and World literature. She teaches, writes, publishes, and presents at conferences in these areas; she is especially involved with SAMLA (the South Atlantic Modern Langauge Association) and ASLE (the Association for the Study of Literature and the Environment). She has earned a Fulbright grant, under which she taught for a year at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf, Germany. She also has participated in several National Endowment for the Humanities seminars, including ones at the University of Texas-San Marcos (Literature of the Southwest), the Huntington Library in San Marino, California (the 19th Century West), and the Newberry Library in Chicago (Modernism). She has also participated in a summer seminar on Slave Narratives at Yale University, funded by a grant from the Council of Independent Colleges.

A native Californian, Dr. Walter Carney is an enthusiastic Dodgers fan. She volunteers with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra and the Girl Scouts of America, and usually has a knitting project handy.

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Dr. Patrick O

Patrick O’Neil, PhD

Chair, History; Associate Professor of History; Co-Director, Women's Studies; Coordinator, Social Studies Education
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Dr. Patrick O
Patrick O’Neil, PhD

Chair, History; Associate Professor of History; Co-Director, Women's Studies; Coordinator, Social Studies Education

B.A., Grinnell College; M.A., Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Bio:

Patrick W. O’Neil is Chair and Associate Professor of History; he is also Co-Director of Women’s Studies.

His research focuses on America in the years before the Civil War, encompassing politics, culture, and gender, and he is hard at work on a book about weddings during that time. The book is called Inventing the American Wedding, and it compares the way that various Americans married when the white wedding was still a new thing.

As a teacher, Professor O’Neil believes that people learn best when they have the chance to figure things out for themselves. His courses ask students to lead class discussions and to research difficult ideas; the assumption is that if you come ready to play, you can match wits with the best thinkers in America. He won Methodist University’s Distinguished Professor of the Year award in 2014.

When Professor O’Neil is stressed out, he goes for a run. Otherwise, he spends an unhealthy amount of time thinking about North Carolina Tar Heels basketball, Nebraska Cornhuskers football, the Beatles, and barbecue

Tumblr: http://paddyoneilio.tumblr.com

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