Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

  • Women

  • Program Designation: Minor

    Program Contact:

    GSWS Administrative Council:

    • Dr. Nancy McCabe, Program Coordinator
    • Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan
    • Ms. Stephanie Eckstrom, MSW
    • Dr. Tammy Haley
    • Dr. Tracee Howell
    • Dr. Nancy McCabe

    Academic Division: Behavioral and Social Sciences

    Program Description:

    The GSWS minor is an interdisciplinary minor that critically examines the construction of gender identity and sexuality in both the U.S. and globally. The curriculum explores the impact of social, cultural, historic, economic, and political influences on identity, the fluidity of gender identity and sexuality, and the intersections of gender identity and sexuality with other aspects of identity. It also seeks to raise awareness about the experiences, economic conditions, contributions, and human rights concerns of women and members of the LBGTQ community. Students are encouraged to participate in applied experiences such as service learning, internships, research, and study abroad, which expose them to gender identity and sexuality in multicultural and international contexts.

    Required course:


    Select five electives from the following list of approved courses. Courses selected must reflect at least two disciplines and include at least three at the upper-level.

    • Students may double-count courses from the major, in secondary majors or minors. However, at least two courses must be unique to the minor (and may not be double-counted). By permission of the program coordinator, students may apply to have directed study, directed research, and internships in a range of disciplines substituted as electives in the Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies minor. Further, the program coordinator will also evaluate coursework completed during study abroad in terms of course substitutions for the minor.

    Total Credits for Minor: 18