University Catalog 2023-2024

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Minor)

To see more about what you will learn in this program, visit the Learning Outcomes website!

The Women’s and Gender Studies Minor offers all students in the university the possibility of rigorous interdisciplinary study of women’s and gender issues. Course offerings across the campus give students the opportunity to understand the complex relationships between gender, class, ethnic, and race structures; to understand feminist theory and methodological perspectives and their substantial contributions to social and public policy analysis; to develop the ability to reach out to community and non-profit organizations concerned with social equality; and to develop international understandings and perspectives.

Admissions and Certification of Minor

To complete a WGS minor is a simple process but it’s a good idea to get the paperwork in progress. To be admitted to the program, a student must have a GPA of at least 2.0. Application for admission to any University minor program is now available via MyPack Portal. Admission will be based upon the student’s academic record, and in most cases no longer requires departmental review. Go to Add a Minor to apply. 

Contact Person

Verena Kasper-Marienberg

SIS Code:  16WGM

Plan Requirements

Students must complete fifteen (15) credit hours with a grade of C or better, including three (3) required courses and two (2) elective courses.

Please note: Students may only double count one course towards both their major and the WGS minor.

Required Courses9
Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Introduction to Feminist Theories
Theoretical Issues in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Elective Courses 16
Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women
Communication and Gender
Women and Literature
Contemporary Issues in Ecofeminism
Language and Gender
Women in European Enlightenment
Women in America: From Contact to the Civil War
American Women in the Twentieth Century
Women and Gender in Science and Technology
Men and Masculinity
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Internship
Women and Health
Emerging Issues in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Women In Music
Black Feminist Theory
Gender Law and Policies
Psychology of Gender
Sociology of Family
Gender and Society
Sociology of Sexualities
Religion, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies
Special Topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Total Hours15

Also note that each semester, a number of courses that are not listed here as WGS courses can be taken for WGS credit.To confirm that a course can be taken for WGS credit, please contact the program coordinator, Karey Harwood at