Learning outcomes: On successful completion of this program, you will be able to: 

  • apply a variety of critical feminist theories or methodologies to research questions or social problems
  • analyze the complex relationship between theory and practice
  • analyze how genders and sexualities are socially constructed
  • analyze intersecting structures of power and oppression
  • envision feminist, intersectional alternatives to systems of power 


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

W&GS Courses