Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Minor

Northeastern offers an interdisciplinary minor for undergraduate students and a certificate for graduate students who wish to explore gender and sexuality and its relation to other axes of power and identity, including race, class, and ethnicity. 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.

Required Course

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

Elective Courses

At least one course must be at the 2000 level or above and courses must come from at least two departments.
Complete three of the following:12
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 (formerly COMM 1304)
Communication and Sexualities
Communication, Politics, and Social Change
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Bedrooms and Battlefields: Hebrew Bible and the Origins of Sex, Gender, and Ethnicity
Gender and Society in Modern Europe
Gender and Sexuality in World History
Gender and Sexuality in World History
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
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
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
Sex, Gender, and Popular Culture
Gender in the African Diaspora
Sociology of the Family
Gender in a Changing Society
Sex in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Elective
Sex and Gender in the Jewish Experience
Gender and Sexuality: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Communication and Gender
Women and World Politics
Digital Feminisms
Digital Feminisms
Sexual Orientation and Gender Expression in Practice and Policy
Elective
Gender, Social Justice, and Transnational Activism
Communication and Inclusion
Feminist Perspectives on Society
Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Women’s Studies Module
Sexuality, Gender, and the Law
Sexuality, Gender, and the Law
Elective
Elective
Research
Directed Study
Independent Study
Internship
Experiential Education Directed Study

GPA Requirement

2.000 GPA required in the minor