Women's & Gender Studies Minors
Our undergraduate minor complements a wide variety of majors. The knowledge and skills that Women’s and Gender Studies minors develop help them find employment in business, health care, education, government, and the non-profit sector.
Women’s and Gender Studies minors can take courses in a wide variety of fields (e.g., History, Sociology, English, Psychology, Geography, Black Studies). With proper planning the minor can be integrated with most majors. The Women’s and Gender Studies program will allow students to double-count up to 9 hours of classes (i.e., classes that count for the WGST minor and a student’s major). Students should check with their major advisor to see how many courses their major will allow them to double-count.
Required Core Courses ( hours total):
- WGST 2010 – Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies: Social and Behavioral Science
- WGST 2020- Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies: Humanities
Plus, 4 upper-division (3000 level and above) WGST elective courses taken from the major list of approved WGST electives.
LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer)/Sexuality Studies is an Interdisciplinary field that examines the identities, experiences, and social positions of queer and trans spectrum people.
Sexuality is an important distinguishing factor of our lives on par with race, social class, and gender.
Through this minor, you will gain increased knowledge in the following:
- Sexual identity, orientation, and behaviors, including heterosexualities, homosexualities, gay sexualities, lesbian sexualities, bisexualities, queer sexualities, etc.
- Gender identities including trans* gender, genderqueer, trans man, trans woman, gender non-conforming, etc.
- Intersectionality of sexuality with race, class, gender, religion, ability, nationality, and other social characteristicsSexology, or the study of sex and sexual behaviors, and human sexuality broadly
- Sexual health such as STIs, HIV, and sexual reproduction
- Theories of identity development, queer theory, and other social theories related to sexuality
- Diversity of human behavior
This field includes topics such as:
Identity formation of non-heterosexual sexualities, non-gender binary identities, health and wellbeing of sexual minorities, subcultural groups, the politics of identity, and representations of queer lives in popular culture.
Required Core Courses (9 hours total):
- WGST 2010 or 2020 – Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies: Social and Behavioral Science or Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies: Humanities
- SOC 3700 - Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
- HED/WGST 3080 – Health Concepts in Sexual Development
Supplemental Courses (pick 2 courses (6 hours)):
- ART 4930 – Special Topics – Gender and Sexuality in Antiquity
- ART 4930 – Special Topics – Fashion in Modern Art & Culture
- ENGL 4960/WGST 4690 – Special Topics - Language, Gender, and Sexuality
- ENGL 4960 – Special Topics - LGBTQ Representations in Contemporary Film
- ENGL 4960/WGST 4050 – Special Topics – Writing Women’s Lives
- HED/WGST 4700 - Women’s Health and Issues of Diversity
- PSCI/WGST 3130 – Women and Politics
- PSCI/WGST 3100 – LGBT Politics
- PSYC 4320 – Hormones and Behavior
- PSYC 3540 – Adolescent Development
- RELI/WGST 4040 – Religion and Homosexuality
- SOC 3300 Sociology of Gender
- SOC 4310 Sociology of Sexualities
- Other courses per approval of the advisor
Undergraduate students will be expected to complete at least 15 credit hours of LGBTQ/Sexuality courses with a grade of C or higher (Nine credit hours must be upper division (3000 or higher)).