Minor in WGS

The interdisciplinary minor in Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies introduces students to methods for identifying and critiquing the impact of hierarchies based on gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, and other social groupings. WGS courses explore gender and sexuality using tools drawn from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. In consultation with the directors of undergraduate studies, students develop a minor that is suited to their fields of interest and that enhances their understanding of their major and other academic disciplines.

Students must complete six courses in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies with a grade of C or higher. The core courses, WS 101 and 102, are taught by teams of three instructors including a humanist, scientist, and social scientist. The 101-102 sequence lays the interdisciplinary foundation for the upper-level (300 and higher) WS courses, of which minors must choose one. Three additional courses can be selected from among the relevant courses in a student’s major or offerings in other disciplines. Currently there are over 50 courses from 14 departments or programs that provide credit toward the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies minor.

CAS Major/Minor Declaration Form
COM Minor Declaration Form


  1. Core Courses:  WS 101 and WS 102
  2. One Principal 300 – level course designated WS, some of which include:
    • WS 305 Critical Issues in Women’s Studies
    • WS 326 Arts of Gender
    • WS 340 Women, Race, and Gender in Mass Media
    • WS 342 Women, Law, and Society
    • WS 344 Images of Women in Popular Fiction
    • WS 346 Women and Film
    • WS 348 Gender and International Development
    • WS 350 / PO 342 Women and Politics
    • WS 352 American Masculinities
    • WS 360 Global Feminism
    • WS 450 Internships: Women, Gender and Social Change
    • WS 491, 492 Directed Study: Women’s and Gender Studies
  3. Three additional 200-level or above WS or approved courses from other disciplines, one of which must be at the 300 level or higher.

Declaration of the Minor

To be listed as current Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies minor, students need to complete a minor declaration form for the College of Arts and Sciences or, in the College of Communication, designate WGS as your CAS concentration using this form. Minors should also send their name, email, and local address to wgs@bu.edu for inclusion on the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies listserv. The directors of undergraduate studies, Barbara Gottfried gotfried@bu.edu and Diane Balser dbalser@bu.edu are available to meet with minors and guide their academic programs.