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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program at IUPUI provides undergraduate students the opportunity to pursue a sequence of courses in a growing academic discipline. The Program is interdisciplinary because women’s experiences encompass the full range of human activity, and separate disciplines offer unique starting points in interpreting these experiences.

The importance of WGSS lies both in its interdisciplinary approach and in the timely opportunity it offers for the study of issues often neglected by scholarship.  Completion of the WGSS minor may provide an additional basis for pursuing further education in law, psychology, history, literature, communication studies, social work, and business administration, among many other fields. For students who do not continue professional or graduate work in an academic discipline, specializing in WGSS may provide a useful background in careers that require understanding of women, gender roles, and sexual identity, such as paralegal and probation work, secondary and elementary school counseling, journalism, and community agency service.

A minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) requires satisfactory completion of the following requirements:

  • completion of properly distributed credit hour requirements for the baccalaureate degree in effect when the student was admitted to their home school,
  • completion of 16 credit hours, with a minimum grade of C in each course,
  • to declare the minor, complete the School of Liberal Arts online declaration form: https://liberalarts.iupui.edu/admissions/update-major-form.html
  • approval of the Director of WGSS

Minor Requirements:

  • WGSS-W 105: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3 cr.)

12 credits in WGSS or cross listed classes chosen with Director approval (divided among the humanities, natural sciences, social sciences, and/ or other), see list below

  • WGSS-W 499: Senior Colloquium in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (1 cr.) This course is an indeppendent study that is arranged with a full-time faculty member and approval of the Director, a semester in advance.

Choose twelve credit hours (12 cr.) from the following courses:

  • AFRO-A 303: Topics in African American and African Diaspora Studies: Deconstructing Barbie*
  • AFRO-A 303: Topics in African American and African Diaspora Studies: Women of the African Diaspora*
  • AMST-A 303: Topics in American Studies: Gender and Family in American Culture*
  • ANTH-E 391: Women in Developing Countries
  • ANTH-E 403: Women of Color in the U.S.
  • BIOL-N 200: Biology of Women
  • COMM-C 395: Gender and Communication
  • COMM-R 350: Women Speak: American Feminist Rhetoric
  • ECON-E 307: Current Economic Issues: Family Economics Issues*
  • ENG-L 207: Women and Literature
  • ENG-L 378: Studies in Women and Literature: Literature of Domesticity*
  • ENG-L 406: Topics in African American Literature: Caribbean Women Writers*
  • ENG-L 440: Senior Seminar in English and American Literature: Austen and Wharton*
  • FILM-C 390: The Film and Society: Woman and Film*
  • FOLK-F 363 Women’s Folklore, Folklife, and Music
  • HER-H 304: Advanced Topics in Art History: Gender & Power in African Art*, Women in Art*
  • HER-H 400: Topics and Methods in Art History: Feminism and Art: History, Philosophy and Practice*
  • HIST-A 342: U.S. Women’s History II
  • HIST-B 421: Topics in European History: Women in Medieval Europe*, Women in Europe, 1500-Present*
  • HPER-F 255: Human Sexuality
  • JOUR-J 475: Race, Gender and the Media
  • LSTU-L 290: Sexual Harassment*
  • LSTU-L 385: Class, Race, Gender and Work
  • LSTU-L 390: Topics in Labor Studies: Women and Development*
  • MUS-Z 320: Special Topics in Music: Women Musicians*
  • OLS 45400: Gender and Diversity in Management
  • PHIL-P 367: Philosophy and Art
  • PHIL-P 394: Feminist Philosophy
  • POLS-Y 324: Women and Politics
  • POLS-Y 380: Selected Topics in Democratic Government: Women and the Law*
  • PSY-B 376: The Psychology of Women
  • REL-R 301: Women and Religion
  • REL-R 398: Women in American Indian Religions
  • SOC-R 321: Women and Health
  • SOC-R 325: Gender and Society
  • SOC-R 495: Topics in Sociology: (with approval of Director)*
  • SOC-R 425: Gender & Work
  • SPEA-V 260: Topics in Public Affairs: Sex and Public Policy
  • WLAC-F 400: Islam, Gender, and Conflicts
  • WGSS-W 300: Topics in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies: Women and the Law

*Only the titles listed in these topics courses will be counted toward the minor.

Accelerated Second Degree: The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are waived for undergraduate students whose first major is outside the School of Liberal Arts and whose second major is a Bachelor of Arts degree from the IU School of Liberal Arts at IUPUI. Students are only required to complete the courses in their major of choice in Liberal Arts. The IUPUI General Education Core or the Indiana transferable general education core must be successfully completed. Students must complete the degree outside Liberal Arts in order to have the Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies waived for degree completion. The Liberal Arts baccalaureate competencies are only waived for students who actively pursue and complete another degree program outside of Liberal Arts.