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. In the case of cross-listed courses, students may enroll under any of the departmental designations, regardless of major or minor affiliation.

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
Gender and Reproductive Justice
Gender and Sexuality in World History
Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
American Women Writers
Digital Feminisms
Gender, Social Justice, and Transnational Activism
Sexuality, Gender, and the Law
Directed Study
Gender in the African Diaspora
Gender and Sexuality: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Film Theory
Gender and Film
Sex, Relationships, and Communication
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
Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Practice and Policy
Sexual Violence: Counseling, Programs, and Policy
Politics of Islam and Gender
Women and World Politics
Language and Gender
Women in Music
Divas, DJs, and Double Standards
Nursing with Women and Families
Goddesses, Witches, Saints, and Sinners: Women in Western Religions
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Encountering Islam: Traditions, Debates, and Crosscultural Diversity
Islam, Gender, and Fashion
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Public Policy
Psychology of Women
Sociology of the Family
Gender in a Changing Society
Social Movements
Race, Class, and Gender
Breaking the Glass Ceiling: Women in Theatre

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor