Undergraduate Minor in WGST


The Women's and Gender Studies Minor is available in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and focuses on gender issues in the humanities and social sciences.


Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST) is a CLAS interdisciplinary program that focuses on gender issues in the humanities and social sciences.  To minor in WGST, a student must complete 18 semester hours in WGST courses with a grade of C or better. At least 12 credits for the WGST minor must be taken with UCD faculty, and all courses for the minor must be approved by a WGST advisor.  The following requirements (totaling 18 credits) must be completed for the minor:

1. Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (WGST 1050). This course provides an introduction to key concepts, themes, and approaches to the interdisciplinary field of women’s and gender studies. It will help students develop an overall framework for WGST in which to place their electives and internship.  (Note: First year students may substitute WGST 1111: First Year Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies)

2. Four WGST-related courses at the 3000 level or above (12 credits) combining humanities and social science fields. Advisor approval is required for course selection. Students are strongly urged to take at least one course that focuses on women’s and gender issues in international perspective.

Courses which are eligible for WGST credit include (but are not limited to):

ANTH 4200 Gender in Cross Cultural Perspective
COMM 3271 - Communication and Diversity 
COMM 4045 Female-Male Friendships
COMM/WGST 4660 Queer Media Studies
COMM/WGST 4610 - Communication, Media, and Sexuality
CRJU 4190 Women, Crime, and Justice
ECON 3100 Economics of Race and Gender
ENGL 3450 Twentieth-Century Women Writers
ENGL 4290 Rhetoric and the Body
ENGL/HIST/WGST 4306 Survey of Feminist Thought
ENGL/PHIL 4308 Contemporary Feminist Thought
ENGL 4000 Study of Major Authors: Virginia Woolf, Jane Austen, or Margaret Atwood
ENGL/WGST 4510 Whores and Saints: Medieval Women
ETST/ENGL 4768 Chicano/Chicana Narrative and Social History
FREN 4510/WGST 4511 French Women Writers
HBSC 3010 Human Sexuality and Public Health
HBSC/PBHL 4200 The Global HIV/AIDS Epidemic
HDFR 4010 Family and Cultural Diversity
HIST 3343 Women in U.S. History
HIST/WGST 4303 Sex and Gender in Modern Britain
HIST/WGST 4307 History of Sexuality
HIST/WGST 4225 Urban America
HIST/WGST 4230 Women in the West
HIST/WGST 4345 Gender, Science and Medicine: 1600 to the Present
PHIL 3500 Ideology and Culture: Racism and Sexism
PHIL/WGST 4500 Feminist Philosophy
PHIL/WGST 4933: Philosophy of Eros
PSCI 3034 Race, Gender, Law and Public Policy
PSCI 3035 Political Movements: Race and Gender
PSCI/WGST 4215 Women’s Rights, Human Rights: Global Perspectives
PSCI/WGST 4564 Gender and Politics
PSCI/WGST 4555 International Women’s Resistance
PSCI/WGST 4827 Women and the Law
PSCI 4248/WGST 4248 Gender, Globalization, and Development
PSYC 3235 Human Sexuality
PSYC 3405 Family Psychology
PSYC 3611 Psychology of Women
RLST 4000 Religion and Cultural Diversity
RLST/WGST 4420 Goddess Traditions
SOCY/WGST 3010 Sociology of Human Sexuality
SOCY/WGST 3080 Sex and Gender
SOCY/WGST 3700 Sociology of the Family
SOCY 4110 Sociology of Healthcare
SOCY/WGST 4270 Social Meanings of Reproduction
SOCY/WGST 4780 Violence in Relationships
WGST 3020: Gender, Sexuality, and Race in American Popular Culture

3. A 4000-level capstone course OR An internship in the community

Capstone courses include but are not limited to the following:

ENGL/HIST/WGST 4306 Survey of Feminist Thought
ENGL/PHIL 4308 Contemporary Feminist Thought

For more information about the WGST minor, contact Dr. Michelle Comstock, Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program at CU Denver; e-mail: michelle.comstock@ucdenver.edu