2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 18, 2024  
2018-19 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor [WGSS]

Jena Nicols Curtis, coordinator
Moffett Center, Room 102
Fax: 607-753-4226

Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies (CGIS)
Sue Pettitt, secretary
Old Main, Room 122

School of Arts and Sciences

Minors Offered

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Career Potential

  • Teacher
  • Healthcare fields
  • Advocate for domestic violence or hate crimes victims
  • Counselor
  • Human services
  • Social work
  • Journalist
  • Lobbyist


The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies minor is an interdisciplinary program interlinking the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences and the arts. It is designed to complement many academic majors. Students completing the minor are able to examine interlocking systems of difference based on gender, sexuality, race, nation, class, ethnicity and ability, and to develop practical and theoretical skills for understanding and engaging the historical, social, cultural, economic and political contexts shaping our world.

Our vision is to advance the field through interdisciplinary research and innovative pedagogies, inspiring a new generation of gender and sexuality scholars and feminist leaders committed to social justice.

Administration of this program and advisement for its students are conducted by the program coordinator and the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Committee, a subcommittee of the Center for Gender and Intercultural Studies. 

Special Topic Courses

Any related topics course that is approved by the coordinator may be used to fulfill Category B.

In the past, these have included courses such as

  • Black Women Agents of Change
  • Incarceration and the Family
  • Black Women in Film
  • Literature and Sexuality
  • Black Women's Writing

Study Abroad Courses

Please contact the program coordinator for a list of partnering universities around the world and an extensive list of study abroad courses that engage topics related to women, gender and sexuality.

Total Credit Hours Required for the Minor: 18