Perspectives from WGS minors

Susannah Feinstein

"As a WGS minor I explored the intersections that exist in our society. WGS courses provided the opportunity to contextualize issues that I was learning about in my other Health: Science, Society and Policy classes thru the lens of gender and sexuality. I now look at the world with eyes wide open to the interplay between these two disciplines, keenly aware of the affect that one has upon the other. I am grateful for the insights that this education has provided me and will take it with me into my future endeavors." 

 - Susannah Feinstein '14

WGS Minor Requirements

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program offers two minors, one in WGS, and one in Sexuality and Queer Studies (SQS).  The requirements for the WGS Minor are below. See the University Bulletin for an updated list of course descriptions and the Registrar’s website for a list of classes currently being offered.  Check out our FAQ for information on applying study abroad classes to the minor.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor

A. Successful completion of WMGS 5a Women, Genders, and Sexualities

This interdisciplinary course introduces central concepts and topics in the field of women's, gender, and sexuality studies. Explores the position of women and other genders in diverse settings and the impact of gender as a social, cultural, and intellectual category in the United States and around the globe. Asks how gendered institutions, behaviors, and representations have been configured in the past and function in the present, and also examines the ways in which gender and sexuality intersect with many other vectors of identity and circumstance in forming human affairs.

B.  Four additional courses that either carry the WMGS designation or are approved as women's, gender, and sexuality studies electives (See the Brandeis University Bulletin)

No more than two of these courses may be drawn from a single department or program. Students are strongly encouraged to undertake an internship in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies as one of their electives. Students pursuing an internship for semester credit must spend eight hours per week engaged in significant work within a setting that can provide focus on women, gender and/or sexuality. At the placement, the student must work with a supervisor or mentor; at Brandeis, the student must enroll in an internship course with a faculty member who will guide the intellectual component of the internship, read the student's written work, and award a course grade. Students are expected to keep and submit weekly journals, to read from a list of relevant scholarship, and to produce a final paper of 15-20 pages in length. Visit the Hiatt Career Center Web site for more information about women's and gender studies internship opportunities.

C. No course with a final grade below C- can count toward fulfilling the requirements for the minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

D. No course counting for the minor may be taken on a pass/fail basis.

E. Minors can get credit for one course taken while abroad. These limits are in place regardless of how many semesters are spent abroad. Courses taken while abroad can fulfill elective distribution requirements, as determined by the UAH. Students are not allowed to substitute courses taken while abroad for WMGS 5a or WMGS 105b, nor can they receive credit for internships taken abroad.