The minor in WGSS offers an excellent inter- and multi-disciplinary curriculum that examines women, girls and gender throughout history and across cultures. WGSS courses teach critical thinking through an examination of the historical and contemporary problems facing women locally, nationally and globally. Students expand their understanding of gender difference, cultural diversity and social change as they complete an 18-hour program of study from among a wide variety of classes in numerous fields and disciplines. WGSS courses in history, sociology, psychology, criminal justice, English, religion, political science, law and other areas enable students to pursue a specialized focus which enhances their major in the humanities, social sciences or natural sciences. The minor also provides sufficient flexibility to allow for the creation of a course of study especially suited to the individual interests of students.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students graduating from this program will:

  • explore the historical development and contemporary manifestation of gender-based inequalities.
  • generate new knowledge about women’s lives and resistances in U.S. and global contexts.
  • advance critical research, thinking and writing skills as integral to professional development and political engagement.
  • foster understandings about how to transform inequalities of race, class, gender, sexuality and nations through direct engagement with communities in service learning.

Program Requirements

A minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies requires 18 credits. Nine credits must be in upper division courses (that is, 300 and 400) and no more than nine credits may overlap with your major. Reading courses on selected topics may be arranged with individual faculty members.

Required Courses
WGS 201Introduction To Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
WGS 301Introduction to Feminist Theory3
Additional Courses
Approved social sciences and humanities courses 112
Telling Stories: History, Memory, and American Life
Arts Of African and New World Cultures
The Black Family and Male-Female Relationships
Mass Media, Culture And Society
Women, Crime And Criminal Justice
Hate & Bias Crimes
True Lives: Autobiographical Arts and Acts
Women Writing/Women Reading
Women And Rhetoric
Women & Literary Culture: Genre Focus
Black Women Writers
The Victorian Period
Histories Of Writing, Reading, And Publishing
Girls And Print Culture
Special Readings
Studies In The Novel 1740-1900
Human Sexuality
Women in Modern America
Children and Youth in American History
Women and Work in Early America
Medieval Women & Children
History Of The Body
Introduction to Latina/o Studies
Gender and Justice: Selected Topics
Psychology Of Gender
Sociology: An Introduction
Culture, Emotion, and Identity
Families And The Life Course
Sociology Of Human Sexuality
Feminist Theories
Sociology Of Medicine
Total Credits18