About Our Program
The Interdisciplinary Minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies (WGSS) brings feminist and queer theory in conversation with research in the humanities, social sciences, liberal arts, and natural sciences through courses offered across the four academic divisions of the College in conjunction with other units across the university. An overall aim of the minor will be to teach critical analysis of how gender as a social construct informs our experiences and identities, the interrelationships between gender, sexualities, race, class, nation, and ability, and to connect such inquiry to issues within the local and global arenas.
The minor will provide opportunities for all students to broaden their understandings of the changing role of gender and sexualities in the United States and globally. WGSS courses teach students to think critically and rigorously about how assumptions about gender and/or sexualities operate in society, and how they influence social and political structures. The intersectional understanding and critical thinking developed through the WGSS minor are relevant skills for any career path. Students who plan careers in medicine, the creative arts, social work, education, counseling, law, therapy, academia, and business (among many others) will be enriched by adding a WGSS minor.
Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies is one of the fastest growing academic fields in the country, and scholars nationally and globally are increasingly grappling with the theoretical importance of the intersection of gender, race, class, and nation. Howard University is uniquely positioned to offer an innovative curriculum that highlights the intersections of racism and sexism, interrogates dominant constructions of gender, black masculinity, black femininity, and patriarchy.