Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Minor

The Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies minor program is an interdisciplinary academic program. The minor includes three required three credit core courses:

  • An introductory interdisciplinary course
  • An introduction to feminism
  • A course in feminist theory

Flexibility of choice for the other 9 credits from courses in various academic departments permits a student either to get a broad perspective of women’s studies or to specialize in an area such as women in literature or women in society. Each student should consult with the Director of the Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies program to work out a suitable course of study to meet the minor's requirements.

Program Requirements

Required Courses
GSWS 102Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
GSWS 201Inventing Feminism3
GSWS 301Feminist Theory in Transnational Contexts3
Elective Courses
Select 9 credits from the following:9
The Black Woman: An Introductory Course
Anthropology: Gender and Sexuality
Women and Art
Gender Issues in Education
Images of Muslim Women in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture
Women Poets
The Novels of Toni Morrison
Women Prose Writers
Women in Contemporary Society
Gender in a Changing World
Introduction to Women Authors of French-Speaking Africa
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Ancient World
Women in Antiquity
U.S. Women’s History
Feminist Ideas in Western Thought
Women and Gender in the Middle East: Past and Present
Sexuality Education in the Schools
Women and Prison
Image and Identity: Representation of Latin American Women in Film and Fiction
Language and Gender
Women in Politics
Psychology of Women
American Religious Texts
Women and Religion
Feminist Views of Religion
Women in Russian Literature
Sociology of Sexuality
Sociology of Gender
Transnational Feminisms
Men and Masculinities
Special Topics in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Women and Migration
Writing Women Safe: Writing, Rape Prevention, and Community Activism
Human Trafficking
Feminist Jurisprudence
Independent Study: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Seminar on Gender and Crime
Cooperative Education: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
The Legal Rights of Women
Washington, D.C. Internship
0-9 credits from the following may be taken with written approval:
Special Topics in Art History
Special Topics in Economics
Special Topics in English or American Literature
Seminar in American Literature
Special Topics in Comparative Literature
Seminar in English Literature
Special Topics in Music History
Special Topics in Political Science
Special Topics in Sociology
Total Credits18