Women and Gender Studies
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Minor in Women and Gender Studies

The minor is for students who are interested in gender, sexuality, and feminist perspectives. While it is an especially good complement to a major in the humanities, social sciences, health and human services, or natural sciences, it is open to students in any major in the university.

The interdisciplinary minor consists of two required courses and four electives. Students interested in feminist and gender issues choose their elective courses from a broad range of offerings. Those who wish to focus on LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer) issues, take an introductory course focused on these issues and two electives that incorporate more specifically such perspectives.

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

Introductory Course

WMST 200 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (Mason Core) 3
or WMST 308 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, and Queer Studies
Total Credits 3

Theory Course

WMST 330 Theoretical Perspectives in Women and Gender Studies 3
Total Credits 3


Select one WMST course 3
Select 9 credits of additional elective courses from the following 1 9
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)  
HEAL 325
Health Aspects of Human Sexuality  
HEAL 327
Women's Health  
U.S. Women's History  
Psychology of Gender  
Psychology of Intimate Relationships  
Violence and Gender  
Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film  
Issues in Family Relationships  
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender  
Art as Social Action  
Gender Representation in Popular Culture  
Temptress: Constructs of Sex and Power  
Women and Leadership  
Art, Beauty, and Culture  
Marriage, Families, and Intimate Life  
Contemporary Gender Relations  
Social Inequality (Mason Core)  
Total Credits 12

Note: for students who choose a focus on LGBTQ, two of the four electives must be approved for that focus by the undergraduate advisor.

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