The Minor in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies is housed within the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program, which offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum taught by faculty from various departments and other schools and colleges across the university. Students learn to apply the methods and theories of social scientists, historians, philosophers, film and literary critics, and legal analysts to the study of women's experiences, as well as gender, sexuality and trans identities.

The Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies minor can be taken by students in the College of Liberal Arts or by students in other colleges.

Minors are awarded only at the time of completion of the bachelor's degree and cannot be awarded either as a stand-alone program of study or after completion of the first bachelor's degree.

Campus Location: Main

Double-Counting of Credits

Students combining a minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Studies and a major, minor, or certificate in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies may double-count for both programs only Field Work (GSWS 4389 or LGBT 4489) and Queer Lives (GSWS 2405 or LGBT 2405).

Contact Information

Please contact the College of Liberal Arts' Center for Academic Advising for more information on minors, certificates or other CLA programs.


GSWS 1301Foundations in Women's Studies3
Four electives in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies 112
One elective selected from the Race & Diversity list 23
One elective from the Sexuality list 23
Total Credit Hours21

At least two of the four electives must be taken at the upper level (GSWS 2000-4999).


For a list of the Sexuality and Race & Diversity electives, please go to the major requirements page for the BA in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies. Other courses may be substituted with permission of the faculty advisor.