Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Minor

Liberal Arts (Code 485-401)

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor offers students important interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary perspectives to analyze systems of power with a focus on social justice. It complements majors in Arts and Sciences, Business, Education and Human Sciences, and Nursing and Health Sciences.

A minimum of 24 semester credits, including:
Required Core: 15 credits
WGSS 100Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
WGSS 206Perspectives in LGBTQ Studies3
WGSS 300Introduction to Feminist Theories3
WGSS 422Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advanced Travel Seminar 13
or WGSS 335 Transnational Feminism
WGSS 490Feminist Analysis and Practices: Interdisciplinary Themes3
Select nine credits of electives from WGSS courses, courses cross-listed with WGSS, AIS 444, or SOC 415. 29

Only if an International Experience and with the consent of the Race, Ethnicity, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department Chair.


WGSS minors may apply a maximum of three credits to the minor from WGSS 395, WGSS 397, and WGSS 498.

Program Learning Outcomes  

Students completing this program will be expected to meet the following learning outcomes:

  • Explain the social workings of power, privilege and oppression across a range of cultures and experiences.
  •  Demonstrate knowledge of a range of feminist, queer, and critical race theories and methodologies.
  • Demonstrate the ability to use transnational feminist frameworks to critically analyze power and systems of oppression in a globalizing world.
  • Engage in the community and advocate for social justice.