Women and Gender Studies  (Minor)

Are you interested in promoting equality among genders? Do you want to know more about the issues women face around the world? In this program, you learn to think critically about contemporary issues of gender equality and gain the necessary skills to transform them.

Program Description

In the minor program in women and gender studies, students complete a variety of courses that explore how gender and sexuality both impact and are affected by societies as a whole from around the world. The curriculum leads students to explore ideas about gender from an interdisciplinary perspective, to learn about social structures for different genders, and understand how these have been transformed by feminist theory and gender equality.

This minor also explores prominent contemporary issues through the lenses of sexuality, race and religion.

Original undergraduate research is encouraged and some course options may involve studying community problems and formulating policy solutions. Students have the option to include a capstone seminar requiring original research or an internship that prepares students for life after college through real-world experience.

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At a Glance: program details

  • Location: Tempe campus, or online
  • Additional Program Fee: No
  • Second Language Requirement: No

Contact Information

School of Social Transformation | WILSN 125
SSTadvising@asu.edu | 480-965-7682

Program Requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA in social and cultural analysis (women and gender studies); BS and BA in women and gender studies

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Enrollment Requirements

The women and gender studies minor consists of 18 credit hours, 12 of which must be upper-division. A minimum "C" grade (scale is 4.00 = "A") is required for all courses in the minor.

Students take one of the following courses: (3 credit hours)
WST 100 Women, Gender and Society, SB, C (3) or WST 300 Women and Gender in Contemporary Society, SB, C (3)

Students choose one from the following courses: (3 credit hours)
WST 377 History of American Feminist Thought, H, C (3)
WST 378 Global Feminist Theory, L, G (3)
WST 380 Race, Gender and Class, SB, C (3)

Twelve additional credit hours of women and gender studies electives must be taken and can be selected from any WST prefix course.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Attend Online

ASU offers this program in an online format with multiple enrollment sessions throughout the year. Applicants may view the program description and request more information here.

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