Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor Requirements

Required Courses

One of the following courses: GNDR 103 (Gender and Society) or GNDR 201 (Gender in a Global Perspective) or GNDR 280 (Sexuality, Society and Culture).

GNDR 290 (Gender and Feminist Theory).

A methods course or an additional upper-division theory course: GNDR 301 (Masculinities) or GNDR 315 (Feminist Political Theory) or GNDR 334 (Feminist Philosophy) or GNDR 369 (Making Sexualities).


Minors must take two additional gender and sexuality studies or cross-listed electives, at least one of which should be at the 300 or 400 level (these courses may also count toward the praxis requirement if they meet the criteria listed below).

No more than one of these elective courses may be taken in any single department other than gender and sexuality studies.

*Elective courses are approved for cross-listing by the gender and sexuality studies advisory board, and are listed in the Course Catalog with both gender and sexuality studies and the relevant department or program (i.e., anthropology, art and art history, Canadian studies, English, global studies, government, history, world language, cultures, and media, performance and communication arts, philosophy, psychology, religious studies and sociology).

Praxis Requirement

In addition, students must engage in two praxis projects wherein they use what they have learned in the minor to foster social change. One project can be met on campus through a course, but the other must be met off campus.

On Campus Options

Courses that will meet the on-campus requirement are: GNDR 280 (Sexuality, Society and Culture) or GNDR 335 (Sex Talk) or GNDR 352 (Transnational Feminist Activism).

Students may also petition to have a Community-Based Learning course count: work in the community must focus on issues of gender and sexuality.

Students can also meet this requirement with activist work on campus by organizing or co-organizing at least three events for any of the following theme houses and community groups: the Women’s Resource Center, La Casa Latina, Carefree Black Girls, Spectrum or for the Advocates Program. Students who choose to meet the requirement through direct action must include a two-page typed statement chronicling their work on campus and how it speaks to the minor.

Off Campus Options

Research fellowships, internships or externships, off-campus study, community-based learning or community organizing. Students must include a one-page typed statement chronicling their experience and how it speaks to the minor.