Minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Minors in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies analyze how gender and sexuality shape personal experiences and interlocking systems of power. By examining how gender and sexuality intersect with race, class, legal status and ability, students cultivate a deeper understanding of individual, social and political inequalities as well as movements for change. They ask urgent, critical questions and break down traditional academic assumptions, developing innovative methodologies for examining and addressing current issues in diverse local and global contexts. They apply their findings and learn through experience on campus and in real-world settings. 

A minor in GWSS adds crucial context and critical insight to majors in STEM fields, education, business, international affairs, social sciences, arts, humanities and more. Graduates use their skills to find success and advocate for social justice in a variety of fields in the public and private sectors.

Declaring a Minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

Students in good academic standing may declare the minor at any time by meeting with their major adviser. Please see Undergraduate Advising’s Minor page for additional considerations about earning a minor.

Minor Requirements

For students declaring a minor in fall quarter 2011 or later. A minimum of 30 credits required:

GWSS 200: Intro to Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

  • 5 credits
  • Or equivalent

One additional GWSS 200-level course

  • 5 credits

GWSS 302: Feminist Theories and Methods

  • 5 credits

Additional GWSS upper-division credits

  • 15 credits
  • 300 to 400 level
  • Minimum 10 credits must be graded
  • Maximum 5 credits from variable credit courses (GWSS 495, GWSS 496, GWSS 497, and GWSS 499) may be applied toward this requirement