The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor

Why Consider a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor?

Drawing on the rich pool of academic expertise at Western, the program emphasizes theories and practices derived from feminist, queer, postcolonial, multiracial, and multicultural contexts. Our curriculum emphasizes scholarly engagement with a wide range of disciplines, including: history, fine and performing art, literature, creative writing, political science, communication studies, health and human development, language and linguistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, environmental studies, visual culture, journalism, education, and science.

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor enhances any major and adds a valuable aspect to one's training for the professional world. Our graduates go on to careers in both traditional and non-traditional career fields. Recent graduates have gone on to law school, graduate school in many fields, public service and private sector careers, medicine, business, political leadership positions, community organizing, and teaching in both K-12 and higher education.

Students enjoy small class sizes and close faculty interaction. Our community is intellectually challenging, supportive, and creative. Our diverse faculty encourages scholarship that is interdisciplinary and intersectional.

Requirements: 25 Credits

Choose two courses from:

  • WGSS 211 Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • WGSS 212 Feminist Theory and Expression
  • WGSS 213 Introduction to Queer and Sexuality Studies


  • WGSS 350 Feminist and Queer Methodologies (OR a comparable methods course in another program, per advisement/approval of director)
  • 10 credits of 300- or 400-level coursework in WGSS program (electives from other programs may be substituted with advisement)

Course descriptions and additional details are available in the University Catalog

Students who are preparing for graduation should contact the WGSS advisor to request a minor evaluation:

Additional Information

Each academic year, the WGSS office will compile an advisory list of all courses with a women, gender, and sexuality studies focus. Please email Dr. Schwartz-DuPre for more information.

If you signed up for the WGSS minor before 2018, the WGSS 411 requirement can now be fulfilled with WGSS 450: Capstone Seminar