Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Minor

Nancy Daukas, Department of Philosophy and Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies

The minor requires a minimum of 15 credit hours (four courses). All students in the minor complete WGSS 110, and should do so as early in their career as WGSS minors as possible. Up to 4 credits may be earned through approved independent studies, internships, or community engagement projects.

Minor Requirements

WGSS 110Introduction to Women's Gender Sexuality Studies4
Select three designated electives, at least one designated WoC, at least one offered by a Social Science department, at least one offered by an Arts or Humanities department, and at least one at the 300- or 400- level.12
Total Credits16

Designated Electives

Arts & Humanities

ART 302Art History: Identity, Race and Gender in Art4
ENGL 334African Women Writers4
ENGL 400Senior Seminar4
FREN 275French-Speaking Africa, in English Translation4
HIST 268Gender and Sexuality in Chinese History4
JAPN 220Women in Modern Japan4
PHIL 231Philosophy and Sexuality4
PHIL 232Philosophy and Gender4
PHIL 336Social and Political Philosophy4
REL 122Men, Masculinities and Religions4
REL 222Feminist Theologies4
REL 225Religion, Bodies, and Sexualities4
REL 317Women in Tibetan Buddhism4
THEA 262Queer Cinema4

Social Sciences

PSCI 305Politics of Gender4
PSY 351Psychology and Gender4
SOAN 234Culture & Sexuality in Africa4
SOAN 267Race and Gender in Media Focus4
SOAN 313Sociology of Sex and Gender4
SOAN 323Gender Health and Illness4
SOAN 3304
SOAN 432Women of Color in the United States4
SOAN 416Gender and Sociology of the Body4


IDS 415Understanding Eating Disorder4
IDS 418Science, Sex and Nature4
IDS 421Border Crossings4
IDS 481Notions of Beauty in 20th Century Culture, Art & Fiction4
IDS 485Arab and Islamic Feminisms4
IDS 485Arab and Islamic Feminisms4
WGSS 375Feminist Theory and Methodology4
WGSS 399Practicum4
WGSS 401Interdisciplinary Senior Seminar4

Total credit hours required for women’s, gender & sexuality studies minor is 16 credits.