Women and Gender Studies Minor

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The Women and Gender Studies Program works to make the diversity of women's and gendered perspectives visible, and to promote student success within an academic, professional and personal context. Program knowledge seeks to provide students with the occasion to investigate the intersections of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, sexuality, and ability as dimensions of social identity, and as considered at local, national, and transnational levels.

Because of its interdisciplinary framework, a Women and Gender Studies minor fits particularly well with many majors, since cross-listed courses can be applied toward both major and minor requirements. Majors that pair well with this minor include:

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this minor.

Program Requirements

In addition to the course requirements below, students must meet the following requirements:

  1. A grade of "C" or higher must be earned for all courses in the minor.
  2. Half of the credits for the minor in Women and Gender studies (9 credits) must be taken at Brockport.


  • WMS 101 Introduction to Women's Studies
  • WMS 409 Feminist Theory
  • WMS 360 Sex and Culture

Total Number of Credits: 18

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the women and gender studies minor will approach competency in the following skills:

  1. Describe how patriarchy has operated historically.
  2. Identify ways systems of sex and gender oppressions function in society.
  3. Analyze constructs of sex and gender roles as they intersect other social categories across cultures.
  4. Evaluate conceptual and methodological knowledge of women and gender studies scholarship in research.
  5. Apply knowledge of women and gender studies in activism and real-world practice.
  6. Integrate lived experiences into contemporary issues concerning women and gender.
  7. Defend discipline-specific expertise in one or more specialized areas under women and gender studies.