Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Minor

Northeastern offers an interdisciplinary minor for undergraduate students who wish to explore gender and sexuality in relation to other axes of power and identity, including race, class, ethnicity, and dis/ability. Women’s, gender, and sexuality studies (WGSS) covers a wide variety of theoretical and empirical scholarship both within traditional disciplines and in cutting-edge, interdisciplinary frames. WGSS students have an opportunity to:

  • Learn about approaches to gender and sexuality in the social sciences and humanities and through frameworks that bridge traditional fields
  • Explore gender and sexuality in the global community by dipping into disciplines ranging throughout the social sciences, arts, humanities, and physical sciences
  • Study politics and pop culture, sociology and psychology, writing and religion, and much more
  • Open up new ways of thinking, bringing gender and sexuality studies to bear on important social and intellectual questions

For more information, visit the WGSS website, or contact the program coordinator, 263 Holmes Hall, 617.373.4984, wgss@northeastern.edu.

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified. Please note that special topics courses in some areas may also count as electives toward a WGSS minor in certain semesters, pending approval of the syllabus by the WGSS program director.

Required Course

WMNS 1103Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies4

Elective Courses

Complete three of the following:12
At least one elective must be taken at the 2000 level or above and electives must be drawn from at least two different departments:
Sex, Gender, and Popular Culture
Gender, Race, and Medicine
Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Elective
Gender and Reproductive Justice
Gender and Sexuality in World History
Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
American Women Writers
Digital Feminisms
Elective
Gender, Social Justice, and Transnational Activism
Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Women’s Studies Module
Sexuality, Gender, and the Law
Elective
Elective
Research
Directed Study
Independent Study
Internship
Experiential Education Directed Study
Gender in the African Diaspora
Gender and Sexuality: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Film Theory
Gender and Film
Sex, Relationships, and Communication
Gender in Latin American Film
Communication and Gender
Communication and Inclusion
Communication and Sexualities
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Postcolonial Women Writers
Representing Gender and Sexuality in Literature
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Gender and Society in Modern Europe
Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Practice and Policy
Gender Violence: Bystander Education Theory and Practice
Sexual Violence: Counseling, Programs, and Policy
Politics of Islam and Gender
Women and World Politics
Sex and Gender in the Jewish Experience
Language and Gender
Women in Music
Popular Music, Sexuality, and the New Global Order
Nursing with Women and Families
Goddesses, Witches, Saints, and Sinners: Women in Western Religions
Sex, Power, and Oppression: An Introduction
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Islam, Gender, and Fashion
Gender and Politics
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Public Policy
Psychology of Women
Sociology of the Family
Violence in the Family
Gender in a Changing Society
Sociology of Gender and Work
Social Movements
Feminist Perspectives on Society
Race, Class, and Gender
Sexualities
Seminar in the Family
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Theatre

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor