Minor in Women's Studies

The Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program’s undergraduate minor allows students to design an individualized program, which will add interdisciplinary breadth to their degree programs. Courses may be chosen from Women’s Studies offerings from a list of cross-referenced courses that is updated each semester.

The Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program is a flexible interdisciplinary academic program devoted to the critical analysis of gender and the pursuit of knowledge about women. Combining the methods and insights of traditional academic disciplines with the special insights of Women’s Studies scholarship, our courses yield fresh perspectives that illuminate the origins of and changes in diverse cultural and social arrangements.

Gender is a common thread in our offerings, but it always interweaves with race, class, and other factors that contribute to women’s lives. The Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program is committed to a vision of women and gender that is truly international and cross-cultural. Without this perspective, our view of the world is impoverished and stereotypes will continue to destroy our understanding.

Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies courses prepare students to employ critical learning in their private lives as well as in their public roles as citizens and as members of our complex work force, and enhances their ability to work with and for women to create a more humane society. Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies fosters interdisciplinary breadth and critical thinking and thus opens the way to a wide variety of career choices and graduate programs.

 

women's study class

Requirements for the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Undergraduate Minor

YOU MUST SEE A WGSS ADVISOR TO CONFIRM THAT THE SECTION YOU REGISTER FOR IS ELIGIBLE FOR WGSS CREDIT

15 credits of Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies courses or courses cross-referenced with Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, of which one course may be at the 1000-level. Up to two courses can be counted toward both your Major and the WGSS Minor.  Students should contact full time faculty in the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Advisory Group for additional advising on the Minor.

BGS students may opt for a focus or a Minor in WGSS.  See a BGS counselor for details.
Courses typically offered for Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Credit at the Stamford Campus
(There may be others not on this list).

(The following WGSS courses also meet General Education requirements:  WGSS 1104, WGSS 1105, WGSS 1124, WGSS 1121/HIST 1203)

Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Related Clubs

Zero Tolerance
Zero Tolerance is a student organized and operated group on the UConn-Stamford campus.  Its primary goal is to help put an end to acts of violence based upon gender and sexuality.  This is to be accomplished through education, outreach, prevention, and by raising awareness to such issues such as, but not limited to, domestic violence and sexual assault.  Through the use of activism, ZT will work toward the goal of ending sexism and oppression.

Contact zerotolerance.uconnstamford@gmail.com for more information or friend us on Facebook at Stamford ZeroTolerance

Zero Tolerance meets in the WGSS Center, room 3.11, Meeting times TBD

Zero Tolerance’s Constitution.pdf

SPECTRUM
A gender and sexuality diversity club! Its purpose is to help strengthen and organize the fight for LGBTQIA rights and equality through activism, support and education.
Anyone interested in joining please email uconn.spectrum@gmail.com and like us on facebook SPECTRUM

SPECTRUM meets in the WGSS Center, room 3.11, Meeting times Mondays at 1:00 and Tuesdays at 1:00

SPECTRUM also has a weekly social/support meeting times TBD

Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Internships

The following internships are currently available:

  • The Center for Sexual Assault Counseling and Education
  • Women’s Mentoring Network
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Center
  • Amnesty International

See a WGSS faculty advisor or Halina Hollyway (Career Counselor, Rm 219) for details on these internships or to custom design a new internship.

 

After Graduation: The Effect of the Minor on Graduates

“The WGSS center and program as a whole, have been fundamentally important and dear to me ever since I first walked in. I’ve made friends that have stayed with me past graduation, and learned so much that has opened my eyes to the world outside of my own limited frame of view I had walking in as a freshman. Ever since graduation I’ve carried the lessons I’ve learned me everywhere I went. I’ve gone on to volunteer, advocate, and help so many people due to the growth the program nurtured within and without, and I sing its praises to all who would listen.”

Ava Feminelli, 2016

“The Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies Program at UConn-Stamford has been incredibly formative for me as an academic and activist. The Women’s, Gender, and Sexualities Studies Center serves as a unique and vibrant part of the Stamford campus. In the WGSS Center, students are able to socialize, study, and organize in a safe space that is explicitly feminist and student-led. It was a space where I made close friends and had meaningful conversations.WGSS has informed my activism around queer undocumented immigrants, facilitated my poetry around race, migration, and queerness, and, most recently, played a prominent role in my Honors thesis. Feminism has been invaluable in my work and journey as an activist, scholar, and poet. I plan to apply to graduate school in the coming years, where I will continue to take the lessons, skills and relationships I learned through WGSS.”

Danilo Machado, 2016

“The WGSS Program made a significant positive impact during my time at UConn. The classes gave me a vast amount of knowledge that opened my eyes and challenged my mind; the Center gave me a place that provided comfort, coffee, conversation and friends; and the events were always interesting, thought-provoking and fun! Overall, it was an amazing program and a wonderful experience that I will treasure for a lifetime. I am currently working with several staffing agencies in NYC! I am looking forward to what challenges and opportunities the position may bring and am excited about the journey as a post-graduate.”

Ashley Mondestin, 2016

“I learned so much from taking WGSS classes! I decided to minor in this program because I felt like I lacked this information growing up. Growing up, I had to follow old fashioned gender roles. WGSS classes educate a lot of people like me, and they will go off into the world learning to go against the societal norms. It may sound like something small, but it can really make a big difference in the future, if we all learn about this subject and spread the message. My professors were all very intelligent, caring, and willing to give advice. The things that I learned in these classes answered many of the questions I had while growing up. I’m glad that I had professors who genuinely cared and listened to my problems.”

Vicky Pang, 2015

“To void ignorance I believe knowledge of the economic, social, and political history of any situation is simply indispensable to truly understanding these matters and tending to them. With WGSS, I found the progressive platform in which to delve into the aforementioned histories to understand our nation’s social constructs and how these affect the daily lives of peoples from various genders, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Personally, WGSS made a lasting impression on me, the type that imprints itself onto your personality and is carried into every situation. It’s manifested itself as everything from raised eyebrows in personal conversations, to morally responsible business decisions, and finally entire life changes towards more meaningful endeavors. As I prepare to begin Graduate School in International Affairs, I feel fortunate to be able to bring that WGSS influence with me.”

Frank Savage, 2015

“My time spent at the University of Connecticut in Stamford, was a great experience. That greatness was comprised of the friends I made, my job at the gym and the classes and professors who made a long lasting impression on me. And all of my Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies classes were an experience I will remember always. The various WGSS courses provided academic reasoning to why so many people experience societal hardships. It also helped me to know there was a way to combat it. I learned to be more empathetic and that the issues are layered and complex and that things won’t change overnight. Today I volunteer at The Center for Sexual Assault Crisis Counseling and Education and use my feminist outlook to fight patriarchal oppressions at home and in the workplace.”

Krystal Gourgue, 2014

“The WGSS Program helped shape my studies while at UConn Stamford. I entered the University as a non-traditional student with an interest in psychology and socioeconomic disparities in education. The WGSS Program allowed me to expand my understanding of the ways in which inequality permeates our society, and many of the principles that I learned in WGSS classes are applicable to my work as Programs Manager of Stamford Public Education Foundation. In addition, through the courses and The Center, I had the opportunity to meet so many wonderful people and hear some phenomenal speakers!”

Cindy Newman, 2014