Women's and gender studies develops, through interdisciplinary study, critical thinking, research, and writing skills for majors and minors who specialize in the field of gender and sexuality studies. Students take a combination of core courses that introduce them to foundational ideas in the field and elective courses that allow them to experience how the field frames more traditional disciplines. The connection between reading, writing, and oral communication in the presentation of ideas is continually emphasized and reinforced in all of the course content.
Program graduates are expected to have developed analytical and critical thinking skills about how gender and sexuality defines their everyday experiences, as well as how it shapes political policy, scientific inquiry, and the content of a variety of disciplines. Our graduates are expected to be well-prepared for graduate study given that they should be able to apply the analytical approaches and methods of a variety of related disciplines in the humanities and social sciences to their particular field of study.
The program in women's and gender studies actively seeks to provide the residents of the state of New Jersey and beyond with a high standard of education that is relevant to the global realities of a diverse, dynamic, and interrelated world.
The LGBTQ minor consists of 18 credits as follows:
1. 3 credits of required core courses:
21:988:205 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Studies (3)
2. 15 credits of required elective courses in a minimum of three departments from among the following:
21:790:356 Sex, Law, and Public Policy (3)
21:830:373 Psychology of Women (3)
21:830:469 Psychology of Sexual Orientation (3)
21:910:345 Human Diversity (3)
21:920:337 Sociology of Sex and Gender (3)
21:988:301 Feminist History and Theory (3)
21:988:325 Politics of Sexuality (3)
21:988:389 or 390 Topics in Women's Studies (3,3)
21:988:425 LGBTQ Resource Center Internship* (3)
21:988:425 Women's Studies Internship (3)
Or related courses from the following units**:
African American and African Studies
Philosophy and Religion
Spanish and Portuguese Studies
*LGBTQ Resource Center Internship is listed under the Women's and Gender Studies Internship number (21:988:425) on the schedule of classes.
**Please note: for unspecified courses, at least one-third of the course content must be dedicated to LGBTQ issues.