Bring gender and sexuality studies to bear on important social and intellectual questions by choosing a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS). Drawing on the social sciences and humanities as well as the arts, natural sciences, law, and more, a minor in WGSS is an invaluable complement to any undergraduate major at Northeastern University. Explore gender and sexuality in the global community by dipping into and across traditional disciplines. Study politics and pop culture, sociology and psychology, writing and religion as they are inscribed with gendered meanings and values. Combining WGSS with your major field of study will open up new ways of thinking and enhance your analytical skills as you apply them not only to your major and other coursework, but to the world at large.
Our wide range of interdisciplinary course offerings give students the chance to explore gender and sexuality and their relation to other axes of power and identity, including race, class, and ethnicity. WGSS courses will ask students to use theoretical and empirical scholarship within traditional disciplines and across cutting-edge, interdisciplinary frames. As a WGSS minor, you’ll approach your studies through frameworks that bridge traditional fields.
What sets WGSS apart is the freedom to take courses from across the university to complete your requirements. The minor is structured so that students take one introductory course, providing the interdisciplinary framework they will then apply to their studies in a choice of three elective courses with WGSS content from a pre-approved list, which must come from at least two different departments and one at the 2000 level or above. Students are not limited to the course list in the catalog: many times, special topics courses will have a focus on feminism, gender, or sexuality and may be reviewed for exception by the program director.
In addition, minoring in WGSS at Northeastern provides students the unique opportunity to engage with the premiere academic journal in women’s and gender studies – Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society – as Northeastern is the editorial home of the journal and many of our affiliated faculty serve on the editorial board. Previous WGSS minor students have completed a co-op with the journal as well as at various political and human services organizations. Minors will also have the opportunity to attend speaker series, panels, symposia, and film screenings given by Northeastern’s Forum on Feminist Thought, a collective dedicated to working across disciplinary boundaries to bring together feminist intellectuals in the Boston area and beyond.
Students from any college may pursue a minor in WGSS, provided that they have a 2.00 GPA. To declare your minor in WGSS today, visit the Minor Declaration Page.
See the list of WGSS minor courses here. Please note that this list does not include special topics courses. If you have taken a course with significant WGSS content that is not included here, the program director may review the course syllabus to make an exception to include the course as an elective for your minor. To submit a syllabus for review, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.