Why Study Women's and Gender Studies at Regis?

The Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) at Regis College offers a multidisciplinary approach to exploring and advancing your understanding of the role and history of the contributions of women across cultures, the role of gender in the formation of our lives and perspectives, and the ways that a focus on women and/or gender illuminates systems, policies, and ideologies across culture and time.

An intellectual complement to any academic major or program, the minor in WGS offers you opportunities to discover and to produce knowledge about women and gender in society from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and modes of inquiry.

Program Learning Objectives

After earning your minor in Women's and Gender Studies you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of Women and Gender Studies as a distinct academic discipline that seeks to articulate the connections between and among global, national and local issues regarding women and gender in society, and that seeks to examine and describe the effects of the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, religion and age for women, women-identified people, and non-binary people.
  • Evaluate the ways in which gender has shaped social, political, and cultural systems and institutions in the past and in the present.
  • Apply theories and critical lenses derived from Women and Gender Studies theoreticians and practitioners to analyze power structures, ideologies, social and political policies and/or cultural practices and to advance our understanding of the role and contributions of women across cultures in the formation of our lives and perspectives.

Program Requirements

To fulfill the minor in Women and Gender Studies, students take 18 credits, including the required introductory course: WS 201: Introduction to Women’s Studies. The additional 15 credits must be chosen from at least three different academic disciplines.

Required Courses

  • WS 201 Introduction to Women’s Studies

Elective Courses

Select 15 credits representing at least three different academic disciplines:

  • AH 307 Women Artists
  • CO 208 Introduction to Film
  • CO 219 Journalism
  • CO 220 Feature Writing
  • CO 345 Gender and Communication
  • CO 332A Communicating Across Difference
  • EN 208 The Nineteenth-Century British Novel
  • EN 234 The Body in Literature
  • EN 302B Seminar: Literary Theory and Criticism
  • EN 325/SP325 Latinx Writers in the United States
  • EN 334 Writing and Healing
  • EN 335 Contemporary Women Writers
  • EN 336 Early Women Writers
  • EN 402A Seminar: Critical Theory and Fiction
  • HI 379 The Culture of Fashion
  • HFS 350 Health and Human Sexuality
  • ID 228 The Challenge of Wellness: Multidisciplinary Perspectives
  • MU 306 Women and Music
  • PBH 307 Health and Society
  • PBH 305 Public Health, Leadership and Management
  • PH 314 Women Philosophers
  • PS 320 Psychology of Women and Gender
  • RS 318 Women and Religion
  • SO 303A Oppression, Prejudice, and Discrimination
  • SW 327 Social Policy and Social Change