Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program Requirements


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that focuses on gender as a significant cultural and cognitive category. The minor prepares students for fields such as communication, counseling, criminology, education, health, journalism, law, politics, psychology, and applied sociology. Employers value a minor in this field because it indicates that a student has strong critical thinking skills and an interest in fostering an inclusive, socially responsible workplace culture. Students interested in graduate school will also find a minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies valuable for further study in English, history, social sciences, law, and the health professions.

To complete the minor, students take HIST/WMST 130 Introduction to Women’s Studies plus 5 additional courses drawn
from at least 2 different disciplines. If students choose the Gender Studies Pathway in the Marist Core, they may complete
4 courses applicable to the minor as part of their Core requirements.

In addition to WMST/HIST 130 Introduction to Women’s Studies, courses frequently taken for the Pathway and minor
include the following:

  • COM 400 Gender, Culture and Communication
  • ENG 220 Literature and Gender
  • HIST 332 Women and Religion in America
  • MDIA 335/WMST 385 Gender and Media
  • POSC 214 Gender and Law
  • PSYC 331 Psychology of Women
  • SOC 336 Social Inequality

For additional information about Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Marist, please see the Fall 2016 Gender Issue, as well as WGSS intern Molly Scott's reflection on the question, "What is Women's Studies, and why does it matter?"