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 list below.9
Total Credits18


AFAM 207The Black Woman: An Introductory Course3
ANTH 380Anthropology: Gender and Sexuality3
ARHT 190Women and Art3
EDFD 264Gender Issues in Education3
ENGL 230Images of Muslim Women in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 294Women Poets3
ENGL 301The Novels of Toni Morrison3
ENGL 372Women Prose Writers3
FSHD 205Women in Contemporary Society3
FSHD 345Gender in a Changing World3
FRIN 283Introduction to Women Authors of French-Speaking Africa3
HUMN 283Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Ancient World3
HUMN 383Women in Antiquity3
HIST 215U.S. Women’s History3
HIST 309Feminist Ideas in Western Thought3
HIST 334Women and Gender in the Middle East: Past and Present3
HLTH 295Sexuality Education in the Schools3
JUST 320Women and Prison3
LALS 205Image and Identity: Representation of Latin American Women in Film and Fiction3
LNGN 255Language and Gender3
POLS 214Women in Politics3
PSYC 265Psychology of Women3
RELG 207American Religious Texts3
RELG 267Women and Religion3
RELG 304Feminist Views of Religion3
RUIN 297Women in Russian Literature3
SOCI 426Sociology of Sexuality3
SOCI 430Sociology of Gender3
GLQS 206Introduction to Fat Studies: Exploring Fat Studies through Race, Class, Gender, and Queerness3
GSWS 200Transnational Feminisms3
GSWS 208Men and Masculinities3
GSWS 302Special Topics in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies3
GSWS 314Women and Migration3
GSWS 316Victimology3
GSWS 350Writing Women Safe: Writing, Rape Prevention, and Community Activism3
GSWS 355Human Trafficking3
GSWS 376Feminist Jurisprudence3
GSWS 401Independent Study: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies3
GSWS 403Seminar on Gender and Crime3
GSWS 410Cooperative Education: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies3
GSWS 481The Legal Rights of Women3
GSWS 436Washington, D.C. Internship3
0-9 credits from the following may be taken with written approval:
ARHT 490Special Topics in Art History3
ECON 250Special Topics in Economics3
ENGL 250Special Topics in English or American Literature3
ENGL 493Seminar in American Literature3
ENGL 252Special Topics in Comparative Literature3
ENGL 494Seminar in English Literature3
MUHS 404Special Topics in Music History3
POLS 416Special Topics in Political Science3
SOCI 411Special Topics in Sociology3