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Women & Gender Studies

Dr. Jordan Pascoe
Program Coordinator

Women and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that encourages students to explore the complex ways in which gender and sexuality shape who we are and how we live. Students study social identities, such as gender, race, class, ability, and sexual orientation, and explore how these identities intersect with related systems of oppression, domination and discrimination through history and geographies, and across institutions and cultures. The Women and Gender Studies Minor teaches students to recognize the patriarchal, heteronormative, and racial bias in the construction of knowledge; use intersectional and decolonial approaches to understand the ways in which race, class, gender, and sexuality operate together to shape relations of power and lived experiences in diverse global contexts; and apply feminist and queer theories and approaches to academic studies, social justice advocacy, and gender and sexual equity in our everyday lives. As an interdisciplinary minor, it ensures that students understand the variety of disciplines that inform gender and sexuality studies, as well as how gender and sexuality studies transforms modes of analysis across the disciplines. Through courses, invited speakers, and faculty and student research, the minor seeks to promote women’s issues and gender and sexuality awareness in order to help students create a more equitable world.


Minors will take 5 approved courses (15 credits) from the following list. One of these courses must be WAGS 101 and at least two courses must be at the 300-level or higher. No more than two courses from any one department will apply to the minor.

WAGS 101Introduction to Women and Gender Studies3
ENGL 256Types of Film Experience *3
ENGL 262Gender and Literature3
ENGL 323Studies in Eighteenth-Century British Literature *3
ENGL 334Romantic Matter(s): Subjects & Objects *3
ENGL 337Gender, Sexuality, and Literature3
ENGL 374Lust, Passion, and the Body: The American Novel to 19143
ENGL 387Queering the Text3
ENGL 389Gothic Fictions3
ENGL 388Feminism & Film3
HIST 220Race & Gender in Medieval Europe3
HIST 308Premodern Women and Gender History3
HIST 360Women in the United States3
HIST 388Women in Modern Europe3
HIST 389Gender and Sexuality in the Modern Middle East3
HIST 393Global Feminisms3
MGMT 460Special Topics in Management3
MUSC 400Special Topics: in Music *3
PHIL 230Philosophy of Law *3
PHIL 332Africana Philosophy3
PHIL 33520th Century Philosophy *3
PHIL 341Global & Feminist Epistemologies3
PHIL 350Philosophers on Race, Class, and Gender3
PHIL 352Philosophers on Sex, Love, and Friendship3
POSC 310Special Topics: in Comparative Politics *3
POSC 412Senior Seminar: Women in Politics3
PSYC 342Psychology of Family Relationships3
PSYC 343Psychology of Women3
RELS 238Theologies Of Liberation3
RELS 300Special Topic *3
RELS 318Womanist Visions of Justice3
RELS 323Womanist Ethics3
RELS 349Women and Islam3
RELS 374Women in Western Religion3
RELS 375Religion and the Body3
RELS 390Sexuality and the Sacred3
RELS 470Religious Studies Seminar *3
SOC 220Social Problems3
SOC 290Codes of Gender3
SOC 302Race and Resistance3
SOC 304Social Inequalities3
SOC 306The Family3
SOC 315Special Topics: in Sociology *3
SPAN 320Special Topics: in Hispanic Culture Studies *3
SPAN 420Spanish Seminar *3
SPAN 429The Spanish Golden Age *3
SPAN 440Women in Hispanic Literature3

When these “topics” courses focus on a subject relevant to women and gender studies. Special topics courses are also occasionally offered in education, the humanities, business, and the social sciences and may count toward the minor with permission of the Women and Gender Studies coordinator.

A minimum grade of C is required for credit toward the minor.