Examining how gender intersects with class, race, ability, age, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, and spirituality is the core of the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor. With a focus on women’s issues and experiences, you will gain a deeper understanding of gender studies and the role it plays in today’s interconnected and complex society.

Career Paths

A unique combination of interdisciplinary study, community engagement, and cultural programming provides preparation for a variety of careers and life experiences. Graduates have gone on to careers in: 

  • Human Services
  • Victim/Human Rights Activism
  • Art/Music
  • Clergy
  • Communications/Public Relations 
  • Politics
  • Film/Theater
  • Journalism
  • Law Enforcement
  • Medicine
  • K-12/Higher Education
  • Marketing and Management

What You'll Study


This interdisciplinary minor allows you the opportunity to construct your own path by choosing 18 hours of coursework from across the university’s many fields of study. Most students take Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and then choose from courses in Sociology, English, Communication, History, Psychology, Business, Biology, etc. that offer a significant focus on gender issues. In addition, WGSS offers special events through lecture series, discussions and arts programs.


An interdisciplinary program that incorporates an understanding of gender perspectives in all areas of the curriculum, you'll achieve a deeper understanding of the complexity and wholeness of the human experience in courses that include Gender and Society, The History of Women in America, Human Diversity: Populations-at-Risk and Gender and Crime.

ANTH/SOCL 325: Gender and Society
ART 360: Women in the Visual Arts
COMM 470: Gender and Communication
CRIM 323: Gender and Crime
ECON 411: Economics of Labor and Discrimination
ENGL 362: Literature of Diversity
ENGL 432: Women and Literature
HLTH 430: Women’s Health and Health Care Issues
HIST 321: The History of Women in America
HIST 414: Seminar in European History: Women, Gender, and Sexuality
HIST 346: Gender and Sexuality in Latin American History
HIST 495: Money and Sex
PSYC 350: Psychology of Sex and Gender
PSYC 495: Hormones and Behavior
SOCL 233: Introduction to Social Inequality and Difference
SOCL 241: Sociology of Marriage and Family
SOCL 320: Sociology of Education in the Perspectives of the Core
SOCL 326: Sexuality
SOCL 351: Sociology and Family Violence
SOWK 325: Human Diversity: Populations-at-Risk
WGST 110: Gender History and Social Issues
WGST 115: Gender, Representation, and Culture
WGST 295: Selected topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
WGST 390: Directed or Independent Study
WGST 489: Directed Study
WGST 490: Directed or Independent Study
WGST 492: Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies
WGST 495: Special Topics