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College of Letters and Science Women’s and Gender Studies Minor


Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) is an interdisciplinary field of study that draws from the humanities, social sciences, arts, and natural sciences to examine the ways that gender norms have been socially constructed and how they impact individuals and society.  Students learn to apply an intersectional analysis to social issues, examining how gender intersects with and reinforces other axes of identity, such as race, class, sexuality, and disability. Students analyze the root structures of systems of oppression and evaluate the effectiveness of various strategies for creating social change.   

This minor enhances your career readiness for work in just about any field where sensitivity to diversity issues is important including for example, business, social work, counseling, human resources, and education.       

The minor consists of 18 credits. Students take WGS 105 (“Introduction to WGS) and five additional classes drawn from a list of interdisciplinary electives.
Summer 2024 course listing | Fall 2024 course listing

The minor is administered by the School of Humanities and Global Studies. To learn about requirements, visit the Course Catalog.

For more information contact:
Lauren Gantz, Associate Professor
Coordinator of Women’s and Gender Studies