Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

Program Designation:   Minor

Program Contact:

GSWS Administrative Council:

  • Dr. Nancy McCabe, Program Coordinator
  • Dr. Helma de Vries-Jordan
  • Ms. Stephanie Eckstrom, MSW
  • Dr. Tammy Haley
  • Dr. Tracee Howell
  • Dr. Nancy McCabe

The GSWS minor is an interdisciplinary minor that critically examines the construction of gender identity and sexuality in both the U.S. and globally. The curriculum explores the impact of social, cultural, historic, economic, and political influences on identity, the fluidity of gender identity and sexuality, and the intersections of gender identity and sexuality with other aspects of identity. It also seeks to raise awareness about the experiences, economic conditions, contributions, and human rights concerns of women and members of the LBGTQ community. Students are encouraged to participate in applied experiences such as service learning, internships, research, and study abroad, which expose them to gender identity and sexuality in multicultural and international contexts.

Program Requirements:

Required Courses: (Students must earn a C- or better in all minor courses and a GPA of 2.0 in the minor is required.)


Choose five electives from the following list. Courses selected must reflect at least two disciplines and include at least three at the upper-level.


Students may double-count courses from the major, in secondary majors or minors.  A minimum of two courses must be unique to the minor (may not be double-counted).  By permission of the program coordinator, students may apply to have directed study, directed research, and internships in a range of disciplines substituted as electives in the minor.  The program coordinator will also evaluate coursework completed during study abroad in terms of course substitutions for the minor.  


Total Credits for Minor:  18