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The minor is for students who are interested in gender, sexuality, and feminist perspectives. While it is an especially good complement to a major in the humanities, social sciences, health and human services, or natural sciences, it is open to students in any major in the university.

The interdisciplinary minor consists of two required courses and four electives. Students interested in feminist and gender issues choose their elective courses from a broad range of offerings. Those who wish to focus on LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer issues) issues, take an introductory course focused on these issues and two electives that incorporate more specifically such perspectives.


Eight credits of coursework must be unique to the minor and students must complete all coursework with a minimum GPA of 2.00. For policies governing all minors, see AP.5.3.4 Minors.

Banner Code: WGST

Minor Requirements

Total credits: 18

Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Core Courses

Introductory Course

WMST 200Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (Mason Core)3
or WMST 308 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Transsexual, and Queer Studies
Total Credits3

Theory Course

WMST 330Theoretical Perspectives in Women and Gender Studies3
Total Credits3


Select one WMST course3
Select 9 credits of additional elective courses from the following 19
Asian American Women Writers (Mason Core)
Health Aspects of Human Sexuality
Women's Health
U.S. Women's History
Psychology of Gender
Psychology of Intimate Relationships
Violence and Gender
Images and Experiences of Childhood: Social Construct, Literature, and Film
Issues in Family Relationships
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender
Art as Social Action
Gender Representation in Popular Culture
Temptress: Constructs of Sex and Power
Women and Leadership
Art, Beauty, and Culture
Marriage, Families, and Intimate Life
Contemporary Gender Relations
Social Inequality (Mason Core)
Total Credits12

Note: for students who choose a focus on LGBTQ, two of the four electives must be approved for that focus by the undergraduate advisor.