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The complete list of the Women's and Gender Studies Program courses is available on the Registrar's Web site.

The WGS Minor

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"A truly exciting moment for me was when I realized how many WGS elective courses were cross-listed with electives in the Health: Science, Society and Policy program. These courses were the perfect way to incorporate my interest in health and healthcare with my interest in gender issues."

 - Lonnie Resser '09

Minor Requirements

The Women's and Gender Studies Department offers two minors, one in WGS, and one in Sexuality and Queer Studies (SQS).  The requirements are as follows:

Women's and Gender Studies Minor

A. Successful completion of WMGS 5a Women and Gender in Culture and Society

This interdisciplinary course introduces central concepts and topics in the field of women's and gender studies. Explores the position of women 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 intersects with many other vectors of identity and circumstance in forming human affairs. Usually offered every fall and spring.

B.  Four additional courses that either carry the WMGS designation or are approved as women's and gender 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 and gender 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.

No course with a final grade below C- can count toward fulfilling the requirements for the minor in women’s and gender studies.

Sexuality and Queer Studies Minor

A. WMGS 6b (Sexuality and Queer Studies). Ideally WMGS 6b should be taken as the first course, as it provides an introduction to critical theories of gender and sexuality, the history of LGBTIQ activism in the United States, and methods of analysis.

B. One course focusing on the history of sexuality and gender prior to WWII. The following courses fulfill the historical requirement: CLAS 140a, COML 150b, ENG 28b, ENG 64b, ENG 114b, ENG 120a, NEJS 29a, NEJS 29b, NEJS 148b, NEJS 166a, NEJS 180a. Note: ENG 57b and HIST 127b may count towards the historical requirement with the addition of a paper (or equivalent project) on the topic of sexualities and/or queer studies and prior permission of the Undergraduate Advising Head.

C. Three additional courses chosen from the list of SQS Elective Courses. Two of these three courses must be at the 100-level.  Course listing can be found in the University Bulletin.

D. Students may substitute a course from the Elective Courses (requiring a substantial paper) category listed below for one of the three required elective courses. Students taking such a course for credit toward the minor must write a paper (or undertake an equivalent project) on the topic of sexualities and/or queer studies and receive approval from the Undergraduate Advising Head prior to enrolling in the course.

E. With the approval of the Undergraduate Advising Head, students may substitute an independent study, internship, senior essay, or other capstone experience, taken under a WMGS course number, for one of these four courses. Students must submit a proposal (including the project description, methodology, and working bibliography, or, in the case of an internship, the objectives, proposed written work, and criteria of evaluation) for approval by their faculty adviser and the UAH before the end of the semester preceding that in which they will undertake the project.

F. Students who wish to minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies and major in Women's and Gender Studies may count no more than two courses toward both degrees. Students who wish to minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies and minor in Women's and Gender Studies may count no more than one course toward both degrees.

G. No course with a final grade below C- can count toward fulfilling the requirements for the minor in Sexuality and Queer Studies. No course counting for the minor may be taken on a pass/fail basis.