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Graduate Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

Graduate students must complete nine credit hours with a grade of B or better in each course.

Because the Minor is an interdisciplinary one, at least one of the courses needs to be in a field different from that of the graduate program in which the student is enrolled.

All courses must be taught by the Women's and Gender Studies Affiliated Faculty.

An Affiliated Faculty member (not in the field of the degree graduate program) must sit on the master's or dissertation committee.


Maria Juri ’19
Master of Art + Design, Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

"Women's and Gender Studies helped put a name to what I was observing and experiencing in the world. Coming in from another discipline, I found the courses to be very accessible. I was able to learn, grow, and make connections within my own work without falling behind. Minoring in WGS as a graduate student was a fulfilling experience that improved the quality of my work tremendously. I left a more well rounded student and a better person."

Below is a partial listing of courses that can be taken for credit towards the minor.

  • WGS/ANT 544 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women 
  • WGS/ECD 540 Gender Issues in Counseling 
  • WGS/HI 547 American Women to 1900
  • WGS/HI 548 American Women in the 20th Century
  • WGS/REL 573 Religion, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies 
  • WGS/PSY 706 Psychology of Gender 
  • WGS/SOC 704 Feminist Thought in the Social Sciences
  • WGS/SOC 737 Sociology of Gender 
  • SOC 739 Social Psychology of Inequality

However, special topics courses in a variety of disciplines are offered each semester and may be taken with the approval of the Women's and Gender Studies Director.

How to Register for the Graduate Minor in WGS

Download the application for the graduate minor and fill out the required information at the top of the form.  Contact the WGS director to obtain her/his signature.  The WGS Director will periodically contact the student to update the form and will submit the form to the student’s home department and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences when the requirements are met.