The Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) offers an interdisciplinary approach to exploring and examining women’s contributions to, and perspectives on, the past, present, and future human experience. An intellectual complement to any academic major or program, the minor in WGS invites intellectual inquiry, challenging students’ innate creativity and curiosity in considering the meaning and role of gender in human life. Students study the intersection of race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality in framing gendered realities throughout history.


In fulfillment of the minor in WGS, six courses, including Introduction to Women’s Studies (WS 201), are required. Five additional elective courses are chosen from at least three different academic disciplines.

Required Courses

  • WS 201 Introduction to Women’s Studies

Elective Courses

Select five courses representing at least three different disciplines:

  • AH 307 Women Artists
  • CO 207 Classics of American Cinema
  • CO 220 Feature Writing
  • CO 332 International and Intercultural Communication: A Women’s Perspective
  • CO 345 Gender and Communication
  • EC 205 Women in American Economy
  • EN 204 American Mythology
  • EN 208 The Nineteenth-Century British Novel
  • EN 211 Coming of Age
  • EN 212 Nineteenth-Century British Women Novelists
  • EN 302B Seminar: Literary Theory and Criticism
  • EN 305 Major American Writers I: Early America to the Civil War
  • EN 306 American Literary Landscape
  • EN 307 Major American Writers II: Post Civil War to the Present
  • EN 324 Women Writers of Fiction
  • EN/HI 348 American Narratives
  • EN 401B Jane Austen and the Contemporary World
  • EN 402A Seminar: Critical Theory and Fiction
  • HI 211 Women in American History
  • HI 212 Women in Early European Society
  • HI 379 The Culture of Fashion
  • MU 306 Women and Music
  • PH 314 Women Philosophers
  • PS 320 Psychology of Women
  • RS 318 Women and Religion
  • SO 213 Cultural Anthropology
  • SO 306 Changing Families
  • SO 354 Women in Society
  • SP 402 Senior Coordinating Seminar
  • SW 327 Social Policy and Social Change
  • TH 206 Women in Theatre
  • TH/HI 311 Oral History and Performance