Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies

Program Contact: Jennifer Sacco   203-582-8972

Women’s and gender studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores how gendered expectations structure social, cultural, political, economic and aesthetic human endeavors. Women’s and gender studies examines femininities, masculinities and transgendered identities within a matrix of power relations constituted by race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and nationality. We draw on many disciplines, including history, literature, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy and the law. Women’s and gender studies puts women—in all their diversity—at the center of inquiry, and is feminist, queer and anti-racist in perspective. Rather than a marginal field of study, WGS invites students to critically engage how gender and sexuality operate in all societies, institutions and ideologies.

Women's and Gender Studies Minor Curriculum

For a minor in women’s and gender studies, students take six courses.

Required Courses:
WS 101Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WS 301Seminar in Women's Studies 13
Select four of the following (from at least three different disciplines):12
Special Topics
Human Sexuality (PS 210)
Women in Political Thought (PO 219)
Women in the Criminal Justice System (CJ/SO 232)
Literature by Women (EN 235)
Gender and the Law (LE 250)
Sociology of Families (SO 255)
Psychology of Women (PS 262)
Protest and Change (SO285)
Sociology of Gender (SO 304)
U.S. Women's History (HS 308)
Women in America: 1920-Present (HS309)
Diversity in the Media (MSS 311)
Women Artists (AR 325)
Philosophy and Gender (PL 330)
Images of Women in Psychology and Literature (EN 335)
American Literature by Women of Color (EN 338)
Media Audiences (MSS 345)
Intimate Partner Violence Seminar (PS 370)
Total Credits18