2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    May 28, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor

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The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) minor offers students anti-racist, intersectional, transnational feminist perspectives on systems of power in order to empower them to build a just, equitable society free of oppression. The curriculum focuses on the ways that sexism, racism, homo- and transphobia, classism, disabilism, and other forms of interpersonal and structural injustice such as religious bigotry and bias against immigrants reinforce each other. Emphasis is on developing critical consciousness leading to activism. The WGSS program prioritizes community engagement and values its relationships with community partners such as Black Lives Matter NWI-Gary, NWI AntiSexist ACTION, a regional coalition working for reproductive justice, Just Transition NWI, which offers community- and worker-centered solutions to environmental damage, Saving Our Families, a non-profit that serves families at risk, ex-offenders, and veterans, NWI National Organization for Women (NOW), and NWI chapters of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the League of Women Voters. The program is also an institutional member of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) and key instructors are members of the Black Women’s Studies Association (BWSA).


The program has hosted two Fulbright Scholars and numerous other international scholars and activists. Affiliated student organizations include the LGBTQ+ Alliance and the Intersectional Feminist Alliance (TIFA). Public presentations have featured PNW alumni Kirsten Markusic, Kayla Greenwell, Jencelyn King-Witzel, Kitty de LaSombra, Sophia Gibson, and Professor Lorrell Kilpatrick, who have addressed anti-racist activism, disablism, immigrant and transgender rights, and reproductive justice, as well as Kim McGee, Alex Watkins and Michael Santos who have shared their insights on regional organizing relating to anti-racism, health, and the environment.


The WGSS minor complements multiple majors, such as social work, education, sociology, psychology, marketing, business, economics, political science, history, health sciences, nursing, and more. Contact Professor Colette Morrow for more information: cmmorrow@pnw. ed u

Course Requirements (15 Credit Hours)

Required Course (3 Credits)

WGSS 28000  Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies*   Credit Hours: 3.00

*This course is a prerequisite for other offerings in this program

Elective Courses (12 Credits)

Four (4) courses in Women’s Studies:

WGSS/ENGL 31200   Ethnic American Women Writers   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS/ENGL 31300   African American Women’s Fiction   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS/ENGL 32000   By And About Women   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS/ENGL 32300   Sexual Identity In Literature   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS/ENGL 32400   International Women’s Literature   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS/ENGL 34000   Literature By Women Of Color   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS/ENGL 33600   Mothers and Daughters in Literature   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS/F&N 20800   Nutrition In Women’s Health   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS/COM 40500   The Rhetoric of Women’s Rights   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS/COM 47000   Women In The Media   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS/HIST 36500   Women In America   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS/PSY 34900   Psychology Of Women   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS/SOC 35000   Social Psychology Of Marriage   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS/SOC 45000   Sex Roles In Modern Society   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS 28200   Introduction To LGBT Studies   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS 38000   Gender And Multiculturalism   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS 38100   Women Of Color In The United States   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS 38300   Women And Work   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS 48000   Feminist Theory   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS 48200   Interdisciplinary Studies In Sexuality: Scholarship On Lesbian And Gay Issues   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS 48300   Global Feminisms   Credit Hours: 3.00

WGSS 49200   Practicum In WGSS   Credit Hours: 3.00

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