Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minors

The WGSS Program offers two tracks of study for the minor, and there are a variety of electives to choose from including Queer Politics, Philosophy of Race and Gender and Global Postcolonial Literature and Film.

 

 

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WGSS Minor

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor focuses on the foundational ideas behind feminist theory and gender politics, incorporating electives in literature, political science and philosophy.

WGSS Minor Requirements

 

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LGBT and Sexuality Studies Minor

The LGBT and sexuality studies minor encourages students to consider key social and academic issues through the lens of LGBT and sexuality theory and applied research.

LGBT Minor Requirements

 

 

 


"WGSS invited me to engage in nuanced conversations about women, gender, and sexuality. The coursework shined a light on stories surrounding gender and sex that I plan to share with my double major in journalism."

Halley Brown

BA '19


WGSS Minor Course Requirements

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor focuses on the foundational ideas behind feminist theory, gender politics and literature.

The following requirements must be fulfilled: 18 credits, including 6 credits in required courses and 12 credits in elective courses. 

Required
WGSS 2120Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
or WGSS 2120W Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
WGSS 2125Varieties of Feminist Theory
or AMST 2125 Varieties of Feminist Theory
Electives
Four additional courses (12 credits), which may include WGSS courses, any of the courses listed below, or courses approved by an advisor. At least three courses (9 credits) must be at the 2000-level or above.
ENGL 3560American Realism
or ENGL 3560W American Realism
ENGL 3730Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
or ENGL 3730W Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
ENGL 3840Gender and Literature
or ENGL 3840W Gender and Literature
PHIL 2125Philosophy of Race and Gender
or PHIL 2125W Philosophy of Race and Gender
PSC 2225Women and Politics
PSYC 2550Psychology of Sex Differences
SPAN 3570Women Writers of Spain and Latin America
SOC 2175Sociology of Sex and Gender
 

 


LGBT and Sexuality Studies Minor Course Requirements

The LGBT and sexuality studies minor encourages students to consider key social and academic issues through the critical lens of LGBT and sexuality theory and applied research.

The following requirement must be fulfilled: 18 credits in elective courses.

Required
At least two courses (6 credits) from the following:
WGSS 2120Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
or WGSS 2120W Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
WGSS 2380Sexuality in U.S. History
or AMST 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
or HIST 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
ENGL 3830Topics in Literary Theory and Cultural Studies
or ENGL 3830W Topics in Literary Theory and Cultural Studies
ENGL 3980Queer Studies
or ENGL 3980W Queer Studies
Four additional courses (12 credits) chosen from the courses listed above or from the following:
ENGL 3840Gender and Literature
or ENGL 3840W Gender and Literature
PHIL 2125Philosophy of Race and Gender
or PHIL 2125W Philosophy of Race and Gender
PSYC 2550Psychology of Sex Differences
SOC 2175Sociology of Sex and Gender *
WSTU 2121
or ANTH 2501 The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
WGSS 3410Lesbian History and Culture
WGSS 3435Queer Politics
WGSS 3470Sexuality and the Law

*Course requires prerequisites or permission of instructor.

Note: No more than two courses (6 credits) may count towards a student's major and the LGBT and sexuality studies minor.