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 director 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 courses with a grade of C or better. The six courses must include:

  • CAS WS 101 and WS 102 Gender and Sexuality: An Interdisciplinary Introduction
  • One upper-level (300 or higher) WS Core Course selected from the Core Courses list below
  • Three additional elective courses, two of which must be upper-level, selected from the Elective Courses list below

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 director of undergraduate studies. For additional information, please email wgs@bu.edu. Website: www.bu.edu/wgs.

Core Courses

  • CAS WS 101 Gender and Sexuality I: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (Critical Thinking Toolkit, Philosophical Inquiry and Life’s Meanings, Scientific Inquiry I)
  • CAS WS 102 Gender and Sexuality II: An Interdisciplinary Introduction (Critical Thinking Toolkit, Ethical Reasoning, Social Inquiry I)
  • CAS WS 200 Thinking Queerly: An Introduction to LGBTQ Studies (Digital/Multimedia Expression, The Individual in Community)
  • CAS WS 213 Resistance, Protest, and Empowerment: Global Women’s Movements (Global Citizenship, Social Inquiry I)
  • CAS WS 325 Bombs and Bombshells: Gender, Armed Conflict, and Political Violence
  • CAS WS 328 Madonnas, Martyrs, and MILFs: Gender and Motherhood (Social Inquiry I, The Individual in Community, Critical Thinking Toolkit)
  • CAS WS 329 LGBTQI+ Representation in Film
  • CAS WS 340 Women, Race, and Gender in Mass Media
  • CAS WS 347 Feminist Inquiry
  • CAS WS 352 American Masculinities
  • CAS WS 420 Queer Theory
  • CAS WS 425 Sex and the City
  • CAS WS 450 Internships: Women, Gender, and Social Change

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 233 The Evolutionary Biology of Human Variation (also offered as CAS AN 233)
  • CAS WS 240 Sex & Social Life (also offered as CAS SO 240)
  • CAS WS 241 Sociology of Gender (also offered as CAS SO 241)
  • CAS WS 263 Behavioral Biology of Women (also offered as CAS AN 263)
  • CAS WS 300 Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Topics in Literature and the Humanities
  • CAS WS 301 Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Topics in the Natural Sciences
  • CAS WS 302 Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Topics in the Social Sciences
  • CAS WS 303 Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Topics in Film and Media
  • CAS WS 304 Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Topics in Global and Transnational Studies
  • CAS WS 305 Topics in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies
  • CAS WS 326 Arts of Gender (also offered as CAS EN 326)
  • CAS WS 330 Transforming Life: Anthropology of New Medical Technologies (also offered as CAS AN 302)
  • CAS WS 335 Sociology of Race, Class, and Gender (also offered as CAS AA 335, CAS SO 335)
  • CAS WS 375 Growing Up in Korea (also offered as CAS LK 375)
  • CAS WS 380 Gender and Identity in Contemporary Middle Eastern Film (also offered as CAS XL 380)
  • CAS WS 393 Technoculture and Horizons of Gender and Race (also offered as CAS EN 393)
  • CAS WS 396 Philosophy of Gender and Sexuality (also offered as CAS PH 256, CAS PO 396)
  • CAS WS 403 Gender Stratification (also offered as CAS SO 403)
  • CAS WS 430 Global Maternal and Child Health (also offered as SAR HS 430)
  • CAS WS 434 Monarchy in Modern Britain (also offered as CAS HI 434)
  • CAS WS 451 Fashion as History (also offered as CAS HI 451)
  • CAS WS 452 Contemporary Debates in Sexualities Research (also offered as CAS SO 452)
  • CAS WS 454 Religion and Sexuality in the US (also offered as CAS RN 454)
  • CAS WS 516 Gender and Politics (also offered as CAS PO 309)
  • CAS WS 530 Global Intimacies: Sex, Gender, and Contemporary Sexualities (also offered as CAS AN 530)
  • CAS WS 558 Biology of Human Sex Differences (also offered as CAS AN 558)
  • CAS WS 594 Historical Traditions of Feminist Theory (also offered as CAS PO 594)