To complete my thesis application last year during my semester abroad, I had to spend a lot of time staring a my transcript (counting credits, calculating different GPAs, etc., etc.,). In doing so, I realized something… I was half way to a minor in the Study of Women and Gender department! So, after double checking the requirements and making sure that I was definitely done with my major, I returned to campus and declared a minor in my second to last semester at Smith.
This time last year, I had taken three classes towards the minor: SWG 150 (the intro class), Postcolonial Women Writers in the English department, and the Sociology of Sexuality. In order to finish it, I needed to take a class on race and gender, a seminar, and another elective to hit all 6 requirements. After taking White Supremacy in the Age of Trump with Loretta Ross (!!!) last semester, I am now taking a seminar called Memoir Writing and a colloquium called Reproductive Justice, both in the SWG department.
The ability to have a double major or minor was a big reason why I wanted to study in the US and at Smith specifically, so I’m really glad that I’ll be able to graduate with more than one field on my diploma. I’m grateful that I was able to explore my interests and end up in two fields that reflect the work I have enjoyed most at Smith.