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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.


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 the Undergraduate Policies section of this catalog.

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
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
Introduction to African American Studies (Mason Core)
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 (Mason Core)
Construction of Differences: Race, Class, and Gender (Mason Core)
Art as Social Action (Mason Core)
Gender Representation in Popular Culture (Mason Core)
Temptress: Constructs of Sex and Power
Women and Leadership
Art, Beauty, and Culture (Mason Core)
Marriage, Families, and Intimate Life
Contemporary Gender Relations
Social Inequality (Mason Core)
Total Credits12