Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor 2024-2025 Edition

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Advisory Board

  • • Thomas Roach, Program Coordinator, Professor, History, Literature, and the Arts, 
    • Kelly Boutin, Assistant Director, Center for Diversity & Inclusion, Hochberg Women's Center & Pride Center 
    • Jeffrey Cabusao, Professor, History, Literature, and the Arts
    • Amber Day, Professor, History, Literature, and the Arts
    • Mailee Kue, Executive Director of the Center for Diversity and Inclusion
    • Heather Pond Lacey, Professor, Applied Psychology
  • The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor is a liberal arts, interdisciplinary program that offers students the opportunity to apply a critical lens to fundamental structures of human interaction and cultural production. Students learn about current scholarship in women’s history and culture, gender studies, sexuality studies, and feminist theory. Questions motivating this scholarship include: How have gender and sexuality been used as systems of social control throughout history? How have they served as catalysts for social change? Are gender and sexuality biologically determined or socially constructed? What types of messages do mass media and popular culture give us about gender and sexuality, and how do these messages influence self-identity? Using a range of disciplinary methodologies and perspectives, students develop a deeper understanding of the structures of power that shape gender and sexual identity. Students minoring in WGSS should be able to:

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate an understanding of interdisciplinary analyses of women, gender, and sexuality and communicate findings and interpretations clearly and effectively.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of intersectionality: how various social systems, such as gender, race, class, and sexual orientation, operate in conjunction with each other.
  • Explain various conceptions of gender and sexuality and indicate how these conceptions might reinforce or disrupt social structures.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor Requirements

Required Courses
WGS/LCS 250Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies3
Three Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses from the various modes of thought 1,29

 A minimum of 12 credit hours is required for the minor.


Only one course can be at the 200 level.


At least one course at the 400 level.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Courses

Special Topic in Culture, Rights and Reproduction
The Sociological Imagination: What We See When We Watch T.V.
Gender and Communication
American Women's History
Gender and World War II
Gender and American Culture in the 1950s
African American Studies ((When offered as Black Feminist Foundations & Futures))
Sexuality and Culture
Major Literary Figures
Women and the Creative Imagination
Sex, Love and Social Media
Gender and the Law
Gender in Childhood
Sociology of Gender, Illness, and Health
Sociology of Family
Sociology of Sport
Special Topics in Sociology From Womb to Tomb A Sociological Perspective on Sexuality
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Seminar
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Internship