North Carolina Central University, the historically Black educational institution in Durham, has announced that it will now offer a minor degree program in women and gender studies. The program will begin this coming fall. North Carolina Central University states that the minor degree program in women and gender studies is the first of its kind among historically Black universities in North Carolina.
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. Courses that will make up the minor program will be from the departments of language and literature, history, mass communication, theatre and dance, music, and public health.
Carlton Wilson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the university, said that “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. NCCU’s diverse faculty and student body are uniquely positioned to benefit from and make a significant contribution to this important field of study.”
Dean Wilson is a graduate of North Carolina Central University. He holds a master’s degree in British history from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in modern Britain from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.