A major or minor in Women & Gender Studies provides an open intellectual setting to study the historical, social, and political experiences of women and the complex dynamics of gender. 

In our courses, you will 

  • go beyond the gender binary to understand how the intersections of race, ethnicity, sexualities, and economic circumstances affect social inequalities
  • investigate the vexing histories and present realities of interlinked systems of oppressions and privileges
  • ground your research and creative work in feminist and gender theories and methods
  • put your major to work in community engagement, internships, and social activism

An LGBTQ Studies minor is a focused examination of the intellectual, cultural and political experiences and knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer-identified individuals and groups. You will . . . 

  • study LGBTQ lives in both historical and contemporary contexts in world regions 
  • examine LGBTQ politics in terms of policies, practices, and activism
  • use the lenses and representations of LGBTQ narratives to analyze ways of seeing and of telling our stories
  •  inquire into the distinct LGBTQ epistemological stance, both theories and ways of knowing, to analyze the entire world and to better understand the social, economic, historical, and political production of sexualities

Winter 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses

Degree Requirements

Connect Across Disciplines


The Women & Gender Studies major gives you a wide array of courses that put women and gender at the center of academic study, investigate the complex histories of interlinked oppressions and privileges, and study the experiences of women and men and anyone outside the gender binary of all races, ethnicities, sexualities, and economic circumstances. Some examples are listed here.

Learning Goals

  • Recognize gender as a system of social relationships and shared practices that shape categories of gender and sexuality.  
  • Differentiate and compare a variety of theoretical interdisciplinary frameworks within Women’s and Gender Studies.
  • Identify the intersections among gender and other social and cultural identities, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, class, and sexuality.
  • Critique how this gender system functions in social, economic, cultural, religious, and/or political understandings of “masculinity” and “femininity,” “gay” and “straight,” and “bisexual” and “transgender.”
  • Analyze how gendered societal categories, institutions, and power structures affect the material realities of lives of differently gendered individuals around the globe.
  • Understand the history, assumptions, and theories and theorists, of women, gender, and sexuality and recognize its epistemological and methodological diversity and character.
  • Identify major influences within key historic feminist and LGBTQ movements. These influences may include activists, authors and/or writings, or legislation.
  • Recognize stereotypes and the naturalization of hierarchies of difference through analyzing power dynamics from the micro to the macro level.

Skill goals

  • Communicate effectively using gender analytics as a tool for academic research, for creative production, for collaborative work, and/or for practices of social change.
  • Evaluate and interpret information from a variety of sources including print and electronic media, film, video, and other information technologies.
  • Articulate connections between global, regional, and local issues, and their relationship to women’s experiences and to human rights, with an awareness of the importance of context.
  • Engage in and analyze concepts, as well as exhibit creative and holistic problem solving skills.
  • Connect theory with practice through a service learning or internship experience to promote social justice and human rights.
  • Construct socially responsible ethical frameworks that are informed by historical consciousness of transnational contexts.

W&GS Courses