Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Minor Program
To earn a Minor in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, a student must complete 14 credits of required courses and 9 credits of elective coursework.
Intersectional Feminist Inquiry and Histories
- Analyze gender as it intersects with other relations of power such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender expression, class, nationality, religion, geography, ability and age.
- Critically examine those things that they have been told are "common sense" and/or "natural."
- Decenter dominant social, political and historical narratives.
- Understand a range of past and present major issues pertaining to gender, such as:
- Race and citizenship
- LGBTQ+ politics
- Reproductive justice
- Media representation
- Understandings of masculinities, femininities and gender as a spectrum
- Racialization of gender and sexuality
- Gender-based violence
- Identity politics
- Civil rights
- Human rights
- Sex discrimination
- Changing families
- Environmental issues
- Health disparities
- Gender and science
- Feminist anti-militarism
Engaging Social Justice
Students will understand how to make social change by:
- Understanding their responsibilities and rights as citizens in local and global contexts.
- Recognizing and accessing community networks when working for social change.
- Advocating for praxis: bridging theory and action.
- Students will use written and oral skills to analyze and respond to ways that institutions foster and/or eradicate social inequalities.
- Students will use theoretical and scholarly language to critique dominant ideologies.
- Students will demonstrate the ability to develop and sustain a scholarly argument based on diverse evidence and methodologies.