Minor in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

The interdisciplinary minor in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGS) introduces students to gender and sexuality scholarship in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. In consultation with the directors of undergraduate studies, WGS minors have the opportunity to build an intellectually diverse and student-centered program that reflects their particular interests and provides a valuable complement to their majors.


Students must complete six 4-credit CAS WS or other approved courses with a grade of C or better. The six courses must include:

  • Two core courses: CAS WS 101 and WS 102 Gender and Sexuality: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
  • One upper-level (300 or higher) WS course selected from the list below
  • Three additional elective courses, two of which must be upper-level, may be selected from over 50 courses from 14 departments or programs that provide credit toward the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies minor.

Courses offered by Metropolitan College, Boston University’s Study Abroad and Internship Programs, or other University schools and colleges may be taken as electives with the approval of the directors of undergraduate studies. For additional information, please email Prof. Barbara Gottfried at gotfried@bu.edu. Website: www.bu.edu/wgs.

Core Courses

  • CAS WS 101 Gender and Sexuality I: An Interdisciplinary Introduction†
  • CAS WS 102 Gender and Sexuality II: An Interdisciplinary Introduction†

Elective Courses

This is a partial list of courses that may be taken to satisfy the elective requirement. An updated list of courses counting toward the minor can be found on the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program website.

  • CAS WS 213 Sexism in the Twenty-First Century†
  • CAS WS 233 The Evolutionary Biology of Human Variation† (also offered as CAS AN 233)
  • CAS WS 241 Sociology of Gender (also offered as CAS SO 241)
  • CAS WS 305 Critical Issues in Women’s Studies
  • CAS WS 326 Arts of Gender
  • CAS WS 328 Cultural Constructions of Motherhood
  • CAS WS 340 Women, Race, and Gender in Mass Media
  • CAS WS 342 Law and Gender in the United States (Summer Term only)
  • CAS WS 344 Images of Women in Popular Fiction
  • CAS WS 346 Women and Film
  • CAS WS 348 Gender and International Development
  • CAS WS 350 Women and Politics (also offered as CAS PO 309)
  • CAS WS 352 American Masculinities (also offered as CAS SO 352)
  • CAS WS 356 Women and Comedy in America
  • CAS WS 360 Global Feminism: Race and Gender in International Perspectives (also offered as CAS IR 358)
  • CAS WS 434 Monarchy in Great Britain (also offered as CAS HI 434)
  • CAS WS 450 Internships: Women, Gender, and Social Change
  • CAS WS 451 Fashion as History (also offered as CAS HI 451)
  • CAS WS 478 Women on Trial
  • CAS WS 491, 492 Directed Study: Women’s and Gender Studies
  • CAS WS 516 Gender and Politics
  • CAS WS 594 Historical Traditions of Feminist Theory

Courses above marked with a † carry divisional studies credit in CAS. Refer to the Divisional Studies page of this Bulletin for specific information.