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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor Program Information

Department of Literature and Language
PO Box 70262
Phone: (423) 439-4125
Web address: www.etsu.edu/cas/litlang/wsp

Director: Dr. Phyllis Thompson
email: thompsop@etsu.edu


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is an interdisciplinary field of study examining how women, gender, and sexuality are documented, conceptualized, and investigated by diverse disciplines in the humanities, behavioral and social sciences, biological sciences, and visual and performing arts. The WGSS minor offers students the opportunity to explore women’s contributions to culture and history; to examine how gender and sexuality shape culture, the arts, literature, health, politics, the sciences, law, and education;  and to analyze how race, ethnicity, nationality, class, disability, age, and religion intersect with other identities in relationship to structural, institutional, and ideological inequalities and oppression. 

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduates are prepared to take leadership roles, particularly in positions that require training in equity and inclusion. The minor is flexible enough to allow students to tailor it to their interests so that it can complement or augment their major. The knowledge and skills that WGSS minors develop can assist in finding employment in business, healthcare, education, government, criminal justice, communications, and the non-profit sector and/or prepare for future graduate studies.   

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor Requirements: 18 credits

At least 9 credits must be at the 3000-level or above.

Approved Electives: 9 credits

Choose three (3) courses from the following:


Students can count either HDAL 2340 - Understanding Cultural Diversity  or SOWK 1030 - Cultural Diversity  toward the minor, but not both.

Student can take WGSS 2020  or WGSS 2110 , whichever course they did not choose from required course section 

Women’s Studies Emphasis sections are special sections of standard courses in various departments, typically General Education courses, which are designed and taught in ways that still meet their original course criteria within their own departments and within General Education, but also highlight female writers/theorists, women and gender issues, and/or feminist frameworks. These courses are designated by the Women’s Studies Steering Committee (WSSC), in consultation with instructors. Limit of 2.