WGS Minor

Women’s & Gender Studies Minor (16 Units)

The minor in Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary curriculum that applies feminist perspectives to the study of gender. It draws upon both courses offered through the WGS department and courses on gender offered through various departments on a regular and occasional special topics basis. The Minor in WGS is composed of 10 units of core courses and at least 6 units of supporting courses for a minimum total of 16 units. At least 13 of these units must be upper-division.

Core Requirements – 10 units

  • WGS 200 Intro to WGS (GE, category E) 3 units
  • WGS 375 Gender, Race and Class (GE Category D1, Ethnic Studies) 3 units
  • WGS 474 Foundations of Feminist Thought 4 units Or WGS 475 Contemporary Feminist Theory 4 units (Spring Only)

Electives – 6 units

Pick at least 2 courses from 2 categories for a total of 6 or more units. Some non-WGS courses have prerequisites and restrictions from their home departments. Minors must meet these requirements. Please see a WGS advisor for a complete list of possible classes.

1)  Women and Gender in US Society

  • WGS 285: Men and Masculinity (4) (E)
  • WGS 305: LGBTQ U.S. History (3) (D3) (Spring Only)
  • WGS 325: Youth: Gender Perspectives (4)
  • WGS 370: Gender in Asian America (4)
  • WGS 390: Gender and Work (4)
  • WGS 398: Careers in WGS (1) (Fall Only)
  • WGS 420: Ethnicity and Gender (x-list AMCS 420) (4)
  • WGS 430: Women and Crime (x-list CCJS 430) (4) (Spring Only)
  • WGS 440: Soci of Reproduction (x-list SOCI 440) (4)
  • AMCS 420: Gender and Ethnicity (4)
  • ANTH 302: Biological Basis of Sex Differences (4)
  • CALS 442: Race, Class, & Gender Among Latinos (4)
  • CALS 405: The Chicano/Latino Family (3-4)
  • EDEC 270: Fam & Children in Diverse Societies (4)
  • GERN 319/SOCI 319: Aging and Society (4)
  • HiST 445: Topics in American Women's History (4)
  • HIST 446: Women in American History (4)
  • COCI 312 Sociology of Families (4)
  • SOCI 360: Sociology of Sexualities (4)
  • SOCI 370: Sociology of Transgender Studies (4)

2)  Women and Gender in the Humanities

  • WGS 255: Intro to Queer Studies (4) (D1) (Fall Only)
  • WGS 300: Gender, Race and Rep. (3) (C1) (Eth.)
  • WGS 360: Race, Gender, and Performance (x-list THAR 375) (3) (Fall Only)
  • WGS 451: Feminist Persp. in Lit. (x-list ENGL 451) (4)
  • WGS 455: Queer and Trans Theories and Lives (4) (Spring Only)
  • WGS 474: Foundations of Feminist Thought (4) (Spring Only)
  • WGS 475: Contemporary Feminist Theory (4) -addtional to core theory course (Fall Only)
  • ENGL 345: Women Writers (4) (C2)

3)  Biological/Psychological Perspective

  • WGS 405: Psychology of Gender (x-list PSY 405) (4)
  • ANTH 318 HD: Sex & Life Cycle (3) (E)
  • BIOL 220: Human Anatomy (4) (B3/Lab)
  • BIOL 224: Human Physiology (4) (B3/Lab)
  • BIOL 311: Sexually Transmitted Diseases (3) (B3)
  • NURS 490: Sexual Imperative (4) (C2)

4)  Transnational Perspectives on Gender

  • WGS 335: Reproductive Justice (4)
  • WGS 385: Transnational Feminism (4) (Spring Only)
  • WGS 449: Gender, Sex, and Latin Am (x-list HIST 449) (4)
  • HIST 414: Gender & Society in early Modern Europe (4)

5)  Special Topics on Women or Gender

  • WGS 201: Feminist Lecture Series (1) (Fall Only)
  • WGS 302: Queer Studies Lecture Series (1) (C2) (Spring Only)
  • WGS 311: Special Topics in WGS (3-4)
  • WGS 365: Feminism, Activism, and Social Justice (4)
  • WGS 499: Internship (1-4)
  • HD 365 Topics in HD: Gender and Sexuality (3-4)
  • KIN 316 Women in Sport: Issues, Images, & ID (3)
  • NURS 303 Maternity & Women's Health Care (6)
  • NURS 480: Health, Sexuality, and Society (3) (E)
  • POLS 313: Critical Theory: Race and Gender (4)
  • POLS 391: Gender and Politics (4)
  • PSY 328 Multicultural Psychology (4)
  • PSY 362 Human Sexualtiy (4)
  • PSY 418 The Psychology of Family (3-4)

Other courses with advisor permission

For more information, please visit the Women’s & Gender Studies Deptartment Office in Stevenson Hall 3016 or call 664-2840.