Minor in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
During the past fifty years, feminist scholarship on women, gender, and sexuality has been increasingly influential in reshaping the academic world. Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies scholars have opened up the canon in almost every field to new works, subjects and approaches which have stretched the boundaries of academic inquiry. Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies explores the role of gender, race, class, and sexuality in shaping ideas and social practices. Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies has brought fresh insights with new empirical data and theoretical perspectives to virtually every discipline.
Because an increasing number of employers and graduate programs seek applicants with expertise in the study of women, gender, and sexuality, Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies courses can be a powerful addition to your undergraduate major. We encourage you to speak with WGSS faculty members to explore the wide variety of undergraduate courses we offer.
Requirements for the Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Undergraduate Minor
If you entered the university prior to May 1, 2018: 15 credits, or 5 courses, of which only one course may be at the 1000-level. If you entered the university on or after May 1, 2018: 18 credits, or 6 courses, of which only one course may be at the 1000-level.
Up to two courses may be counted toward both the core courses for your Major and the WGSS Minor. There is no limit on the number of courses you may count both as “relateds” or Gen Eds and WGSS minor courses. You must earn a C or better in each WGSS course.
(The following WGSS courses also meet General Education requirements: WGSS 1104, WGSS 1105, WGSS 2124, WGSS 1121/HIST 1203, WGSS 3253, ENGL 3609/WGSS 3609, ENGL 3611/WGSS 3611, ENGL 3613/WGSS 3613, SOCI 3621/WGSS 3621 )
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 into the Center. I’ve made friends that have stayed with me past graduation and learned so much that has opened my eyes to the world outside the limited frame of view I had walking in as a freshman. Ever since graduation I’ve carried the lessons I’ve learned with me everywhere I go. 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 will 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
WGSS does not currently have any active clubs, but past student groups include:
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.
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.
UConn Stamford #RESIST
#RESIST brings together marginalized persons to fight discrimination on campus and in the community. By raising awareness of systemic prejudices, linking both federal and legislation with other forms of oppressions, and advocating for efforts to help enact change, our organization intends to create an environment free of oppression in all its manifestations.
If you are interested in getting involved with any of these clubs please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or stop by the WGSS Center to inquire."
Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies Internships
The following internships are currently available:
- UConn WGSS Program
- The Center for Sexual Assault Counseling and Education
- Women’s Mentoring Network
- Domestic Violence Crisis Center
See a WGSS faculty advisor or the career counselor (Room 213) for details on these internships or to custom design a new internship.