Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at UMass Boston is an interdisciplinary field of study offering both a major (30 credits) and a minor (18 credits) in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies as well as the new minor in Human Rights. The department includes introductory and intermediate courses, designed for all students who have a general interest in understanding how gender shapes our experiences, institutions, and social realities, while more specialized upper-level courses primarily serve minors and majors. In addition to department (WGS) courses, we also offer an array of approved courses taught in other departments and programs (Art, English, Philosophy, Sociology, etc.). Many of our courses satisfy General Education and Diversity requirements of the college, or may be taken as electives. We welcome all those interested in better understanding how gender shapes our human experience historically and cross-culturally.
Diversity in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Curriculum
Throughout Women’s and Gender Studies courses, we incorporate the history and perspectives of women of different cultures, races, social classes, and sexualities. Students majoring or minoring in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies must take at least one designated multicultural awareness course. Many of our courses satisfy the separate Diversity Requirement of the College of Liberal Arts as well.
Faculty teaching in the program value all of our students and we encourage both students and faculty to be critical of social stereotyping of any kind.
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major
Of the ten courses required for the major, six must be interdisciplinary WGS courses, and five must be upper division (300 level or above). In the case of a double major, no more than two courses may fill requirements in both majors. No more than two courses, including WGS 491: Internship Placement may be taken Pass/Fail. Download our major tracking sheet for more information on specific requirements.
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor
Six courses (18 credits) are required, three of which must be upper level (300-400 level). Three of the six must be interdisciplinary WGS courses, one of which must be upper level. One course must be selected from the group which fulfills the multicultural requirement (see reverse). One introductory course must be taken (WGS 100, 110, or 150). Only three courses may be transfer courses and no more than one course toward the WGS Minor may be taken Pass/Fail. Download our minor tracking sheet for more information on specific requirements.
Human Rights Minor
No more than 1 course can be double counted with any participating major or minor and the HR Minor. At least 2 of the total 6 must be at the 300 level or higher. No more than 3 transferred courses may count toward the Minor. No more than 1 course may be taken Pass/Fail. A student must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 to enroll in the Minor. Download our Human Rights Minor tracking sheet or visit our Human Rights Minor page for more information on specific requirements.