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Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies

Women's, gender, and sexuality studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores the complexity of human experiences and lives. Through a broad range of subjects, women’s studies raises questions about gender, race, sexual identity, nationality and social class, focusing particularly on their intersections. Women's, gender, and sexuality studies also examines women’s roles and achievements historically and cross-culturally. This program of study challenges stereotypes and inequalities, promotes critical thinking and self-awareness and empowers individuals to work for social change.


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Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)


1 years

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Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences


3316 West-French Hall
PO Box 210164
Cincinnati,OH  45221-0164
Carolyn Peterson
Phone: 513-556-3917

Student Success Factors

Attention to the intersections between theory and practice is at the heart of women's, gender, and sexuality studies. As an interdisciplinary course of study, women’s studies calls for a range of verbal, analytic and critical skills, as well as the ability to integrate different modes of scholarly inquiry. Students with a keen interest in literature, social science or critical analysis can also focus their work in elective courses.

Career Possibilities

  • advocate for domestic violence or hate crime victims
  • art therapist
  • battered women's center director
  • business owner
  • clinical social worker
  • doctor
  • health clinic medical assistant
  • human services administrator
  • lawyer
  • minister
  • recreational therapist
  • town manager
  • union organizer
  • writer

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.


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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies Minor Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies Minor Requirements
    • WGS2002, Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3002, Feminist Critical Readings, 3
    • WGS4000, Feminist Theory, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from Feminist Cultural Studies group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from Feminist Politics Studies Group below, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from Feminist Science Studies group below, 3
    Feminist Politics Studies
    • WGS2039, Introduction to Justice, Gender, and the Law, SE, SS, 3
    • WGS2062, Women and Activism, DC, SE, 3
    • WGS3031, Humanities and Human Rights, HU, 3
    • WGS3037, Women and Global Issues, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3038, Gender and Political Justice, SE, 3
    • WGS3039, Gender and Economic Justice, SE, SS, 3
    • WGS4019, Second Wave Feminism, 3
    • WGS4020, Environmental Justice and Equality, 3
    • WGS4021, Comparative Black Feminisms, 3
    • WGS4032, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Movements, 3
    • WGS4040, International Women's Human Rights, 3
    • WGS4041, Gender, Sexuality, and Development, 3
    • WGS4042, Gender, Sexuality, and Globalization, 3
    • WGS4043, Gender & International Violence, 3
    • WGS4045, Feminisms in Comparative Perspective , 3
    • WGS4046, Transnational Feminist Movements, 3
    • WGS4047, Feminism and Global Justice, 3
    Feminist Science Studies
    • WGS2010, Human Sexuality, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS2011, Psychology of Gender, SE, SS, 3
    • WGS2065, Women and Aging, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3025, Feminism, Gender, and Psychology, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3070, Women in Science, DC, 3
    Feminist Cultural Studies
    • WGS2000, Women in American History, DC, HP, 3
    • WGS2031, Black Women Writers, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS2041, Women in Jewish Civilization, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS2045, Lesbian and Gay Literature, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS2051, Outrageous Writings by Women, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS2061, Gender in Popular Culture, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS2070, Feminist Perspectives on Spirituality, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS2071, Women and Religion, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS2090, Women's Autobiographies, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS3000, Comparative Perspectives on 20th Century Women's Reproductive Lives, 3
    • WGS3008, Women in African History, 3
    • WGS3010, Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3014, Jewish Women's Salons and Their Impact on Culture, Identity and Modernity , DC, HU, 3
    • WGS3015, Black Women in US Society, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3020, Masculinities Studies, DC, 3
    • WGS3028, Women in the Bible, DC, HP, 3
    • WGS3041, Introduction to American Ethnic Literature, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS3042, Topics in American Ethnic Literature, 3
    • WGS3044, Interracialism, 3
    • WGS3045, Women and Witchcraft, HP, HU, 3
    • WGS3072, Gender and Artistic Expression, DC, FA, 3
    • WGS4008, Native American Women's Literature, Culture, and History, 3
    • WGS4009, Ethnic Women's Literature, Culture, and History, 3
    • WGS4010, "Third World" Women's Literature, Culture, and History, 3
    • WGS4011, African Women's Literature, Culture, and History, 3
    • WGS4028, Seminar in Cultural Studies, 3
    • WGS4029, Gender, Sexuality, and Culture, 3
    • WGS4034, Childhood Sexual Violence and Contemporary Media, 3
    • WGS4035, Lesbian Literature and Psychology, 3

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

Students in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at UC experience small classes with much individualized attention, outstanding research and teaching faculty, rigorous and diverse curricula, internship and study-abroad opportunities, graduate student teaching experience, regular symposia and guest speakers, an excellent placement record and a highly supportive environment. They also enjoy mentoring and grant support from the Friends of Women’s Studies, one of the oldest and largest women’s studies community support groups in the country.

Admission Requirements

Students already pursuing a degree in any college at UC can add the minor to their program. Be sure to submit a declaration of the minor using our online form.


In addition, you must meet with the program director so that the department is aware that you are pursuing the minor and can advise you appropriately. Do this early enough to avoid delay in obtaining your minor.

Graduation Requirements

If you have declared the minor, then it will appear on your application for graduation. Apply for graduation as you normally would for your bachelor’s degree.


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