Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

About the Minor

The minor in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) offers students exciting opportunities to explore an array of topics related to genders and sexualities. All of the program’s courses are interdisciplinary and wide ranging, drawing on history, literature, cultural studies, social sciences, and natural science to study genders and sexualities as they intersect with race, ethnicity, class, nationality, transnational processes, disability, religion, and other zones of experiences.

Students have a great deal of flexibility in designing a minor that addresses their interests. Students can choose from core courses within the program, as well as courses cross-listed with many departments in CoAS, and other colleges. The readings and discussions in each class represent a wide variety of perspectives concerning issues such as: trans* studies, queer studies, gender and popular culture, sexualities and race, reproductive rights, and contemporary feminist politics. WGST is a popular minor, as topics in the field are relevant to all major disciplines.

The program encourages work that is interdisciplinary, intersectional, international, and transnational. WGST graduates pursue their professional careers in various fields—from public health, law, education, media, and computer studies. Many WGST graduates continue their activist work in non-governmental organizations that engage with international politics, reproductive rights and justice, and civil rights activisms. 

Additional Information

Please contact WGST director Jennifer Yusin for more information about the minor and the program: jyusin@drexel.edu

Required Courses
WGST 101Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3.0
WGST 201Introduction to Feminisms3.0
Choose one of the following three theory courses3.0
Sex, Gender, Feminism: A Seminar in Feminist Theories
Queer Theory
Students must complete at least 15 credits of elective courses:15.0
Gender & Black Popular Culture
Women in Art
Media and Identity
Sex, Violence, & Crime on the Internet
Gender, Crime, and Justice
Women and Literature
Women in American History
Technology and Identity
Women and Children: Health & Society
Philosophy of Sex & Love
Women's Health Psychology
Women & Minority Opportunities in Sport
Legal Foundations of Title IX
Sex and Society
Gender and Society
Writing on the Body
Women & Human Rights Worldwide
Arab Women Writers
African Francophone Women Writers: Displacement. From One Continent To Another
Women and Society in a Global Context
Gender and Black Popular Culture
Gender and Judaism
Cigarettes and High Heels
Women's Health and Human Rights
Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies
Sex, Gender, Feminism: A Seminar in Feminist Theories
Queer Theory
Retail Intersections: Social & Cultural Issues
Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Total Credits24.0

Writing-Intensive Course Requirements

In order to graduate, all students must pass three writing-intensive courses after their freshman year. Two writing-intensive courses must be in a student's major. The third can be in any discipline. Students are advised to take one writing-intensive class each year, beginning with the sophomore year, and to avoid “clustering” these courses near the end of their matriculation. Transfer students need to meet with an academic advisor to review the number of writing-intensive courses required to graduate.

A "WI" next to a course in this catalog may indicate that this course can fulfill a writing-intensive requirement. For the most up-to-date list of writing-intensive courses being offered, students should check the Writing Intensive Course List at the University Writing Program. Students scheduling their courses can also conduct a search for courses with the attribute "WI" to bring up a list of all writing-intensive courses available that term.

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