Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

(18 semester hours)

For information, contact the director of the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, 126 MacMillan Hall (513-529-4616).

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program is a dynamic, interdisciplinary program that investigates how our lives are affected by gender race, class, age, sexuality, religion, (dis)ability, gender identity, and nationality. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies emphasizes the importance of understanding gender as a part of wider social and political structures of power, knowledge, experience, culture, embodiedness, intimacy, and labor. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses are organized around contemporary feminist research and theory, and focus intersectionally on women, gender, and sexuality as subjects of inquiry. Our coursework also focuses on how theory and practice come together. Students may choose from courses spanning departments, disciplines, divisions and ideologies. The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program provides a context in which women's work and women's issues are explored in-depth, celebrating women's creativity, women's lives, and women's work. In Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, students find an active and supportive community, close interaction with faculty, opportunities to take on leadership roles, and an academic program that allows them to cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries.

This minor may be completed by any student. You are urged to choose your courses with an adviser. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses may fulfill other departmental, college, or Miami Plan requirements.

A minimum 2.00 GPA is required for all courses in the minor. This minor fulfills the Miami Plan Thematic Sequence requirement.

Program Requirements

Choose ONE of the following:

WGS 401 The Role of Women in a Transforming Society (3)

BWS/WGS/ENG 432 Feminism and the Diaspora: U.S. Women of Color (3)

Choose ONE of the following:

WGS/PHL 355 Feminist Theory (4)

WGS/ENG 368 Feminist Literary Theory and Practice (3)

WGS/ENG 435 Queer Theory (3)

WGS/BWS 437 Black Feminist Theory (3)

Feminist theory course approved by the WGS Advisor Committee

Other courses:

WGS 201 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3) is strongly recommended, particularly as a first course for students considering this minor.

WGS courses and courses cross-listed with Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies to be used for the remaining hours.

Courses, not cross-listed with the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, may be approved for this minor. Special topics courses offered by the program and selected honors seminars are offered most semesters.

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