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Undergraduate Minor in WGST

Undergraduate Minor Program

The Women's and Gender Studies Minor is available in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and focuses on gender issues in the humanities and social sciences.


Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) is a CLAS interdisciplinary program that focuses on gender issues in the humanities and social sciences.  To minor in WGST, a student must complete 18 semester hours in WGST courses with a grade of C or better. At least 12 credits for the WGST minor must be taken with UCD faculty, and all courses for the minor must be approved by a WGST advisor.  The following requirements (totaling 18 credits) must be completed for the minor:

1. Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST 1050).

This course provides an introduction to key concepts, themes, and approaches to the interdisciplinary field of women’s and gender studies. It will help students develop an overall framework for WGST in which to place their electives and internship.

2. WGST-related courses at the 3000 level or above (12 credits) combining humanities and social science fields.

Advisor approval is required for course selection. Students are strongly urged to take at least one course that focuses on women’s and gender issues in international perspective. Courses which are eligible for WGST credit include (but are not limited to):


  • WGST 4306 (crosslisted with ENGL 4306/HIST 4306) Survey of Feminist Thought
  • ENGL 3450 Twentieth-Century Women Writers
  • ENGL 4510 Whores and Saints: Medieval Women
  • FR 4510 French Women Writers
  • HIST 3343 Women in U.S. History
  • HIST 4230 Women in the West
  • HIST 4303 Sex and Gender in Modern Britain
  • HIST 4307 History of Sexuality
  • HIST 4345 Gender, Science, and Medicine, 1600 to the Present
  • PHIL 3500 Ideology and Culture: Racism and Sexism
  • PHIL 4933 Philosophy of Eros
  • RLST 4420 Goddess Traditions
  • SPAN 4540 Race, Class and Gender in Spanish Golden Age Literature

Social Sciences

  • ANTH 4200 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • ANTH 4260 Human Reproductive Ecology
  • CMMU 4020 Feminist Perspectives on Communication
  • CMMU 4045 Female-Male Friendships
  • CMMU 4265 Gender and Communication
  • CMMU 4268 Communication and Diversity in U.S. History
  • CMMU 4275 Family Communication
  • ECON 3100 Economics of Race and Gender
  • ECON 3400 Economics of Sex and Drugs
  • HBSC 3010 Evolution of Human Sexuality
  • P SC 3034 Race, Gender, Law and Public Policy
  • P SC 3035 Political Movements: Race and Gender
  • P SC 4215 Women’s Rights, Human Rights: Global Perspectives
  • P SC 4248 Gender, Globalization and Development
  • P SC 4555 International Women’s Resistance
  • P SC 4564 Gender and Politics
  • P SC 4827 Women and the Law
  • PSY 3235 Human Sexuality
  • PSY 3405 Family Psychology
  • PSY 3611 Psychology of Women
  • PSY 3612 Domestic Abuse
  • SOC 3010 Sociology of Human Sexuality
  • SOC 3080 Sex and Gender
  • SOC 3700 Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 4120 Popular Culture and the American Family
3. An internship in the community or a 4000-level capstone course.  

For more information

Dr. Gillian Silverman (UCD English), e-mail:​​​