Minor in Women's & Gender Studies

Requirements for the Minor in Women's and Gender Studies


The Program in Women's and Gender Studies offers both a major and two minors, one in Women's and Gender Studies and one in LGBTQ Studies.

Women's and Gender Studies courses provide a context for the study of gender that takes into account issues of race, ethnicity, class, ability, national origin, religion and sexual orientation.

Students involved in the program take classes ranging from core courses like Feminist History and Theory and the Politics of Sexuality to a range of Topics courses like Human Trafficking and Gender and the Media. Graduates of  WGS pursue careers in teaching, writing, public advocacy and many other fields.

Requirements for the Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

18 credits are required for completion of the minor, to be distributed among core and elective courses in the program as well as among related courses in the School of Arts & Sciences-Newark and other schools.

Learning Goals

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 actively seeks to provide students with a high standard of education that is relevant to the global realities of a diverse, dynamic and inter-related world.