Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

The interdisciplinary Women's and Gender Studies Minor offers students an academic framework for the study of women, gender, and sexuality using the analytical tools and methodologies of a variety of disciplines in the humanities, arts, and social sciences. The minor program consists of six Women's and Gender Studies subjects, arranged into three levels of study as follows:

Tier I
WGS.101Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies12
Tier II
Select four subjects, including at least one from each category below: 148
Humanities (HASS-H) and Arts (HASS-S) subjects 2
Women and Global Activism in Media and Politics
Sexual and Gender Identities
Gender and Media Studies
Gender and Technology
Race and Identity in American Literature
International Women's Voices
Narrative and Identity: Writing and Film by Contemporary Women of Color
Gender and Japanese Popular Culture
Gender and the Law in US History
Black Matters: Introduction to Black Studies
Women and Gender in the Middle East and North Africa
Science, Gender and Social Inequality in the Developing World
Writing about Race
New Culture of Gender: Queer France
The Invention of French Theory: A History of Transatlantic Intellectual Life since 1945
Classics of Chinese Literature in Translation
Introduction to East Asian Cultures: From Zen to K-Pop
Jane Austen
Social Science (HASS-S) subjects
Games and Culture
Gender, Power, Leadership, and the Workplace
Gender, Health, and Society
For Love and Money: Rethinking the Family
Women in the Developing World
Women and War
The Science of Race, Sex, and Gender
Psychology of Sex and Gender
Violence, Human Rights, and Justice
Dilemmas in Biomedical Ethics: Playing God or Doing Good?
Images of Asian Women: Dragon Ladies and Lotus Blossoms
Cultures of Computing
Tier III
WGS.301[J]Feminist Thought 312
Total Units72

One of the Tier II subjects may be taken at Harvard or Wellesley with the permission of the director.


Subjects 21L.430, 21L.460, 21L.512, 21L.701, 21L.702, 21L.704, 21L.705, 21L.707, 21L.715, and 21W.745 may be taken for credit as a Women's and Gender Studies subject when their content meets WGS criteria. For more information, consult the program office


With the permission of the director, an advanced Women’s and Gender Studies subject may be substituted for WGS.301[J].

For more information, contact the program manager, Emily Neill, Women's and Gender Studies, Room 14E-316, 617-253-2642, or visit the WGS website.