Women and Gender Studies Minor

Main Page Content


The Department of Women and Gender Studies works to make the diversity of women's and gendered perspectives visible, and to promote student success within an academic, professional, and personal context. The minor curriculum seeks to provide students with the occasion to investigate the intersections of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, sexuality, and ability as dimensions of social identity, and as considered at local, national, and transnational levels.

Because of its interdisciplinary framework, a Women and Gender Studies minor fits particularly well with many majors, since cross-listed courses can be applied toward both major and minor requirements. Majors that pair well with this minor include:

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this minor.

Program Requirements

In addition to the course requirements below, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. A grade of "C" or higher must be earned for all courses in the minor.
  2. Half of the credits for the minor in Women and Gender studies (9 credits) must be taken at Brockport.

Required Core Courses = 9 credits

  • WMS 101 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • WMS 409 Feminist Theory

Elective Courses = 9 credits

Total Number of Credits: 18

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe how patriarchy has operated historically.
  2. Identify ways systems of sex and gender oppressions function in society.
  3. Analyze constructs of sex and gender roles as they intersect other social categories cross-culturally.
  4. Evaluate ways women and gender studies knowledge is produced using feminist research methodologies.
  5. Apply knowledge of women and gender studies in activism and real-world practice.
  6. Create discipline-specific projects integrating expertise in one or more specialized areas under women and gender studies.