The Minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies is a perfect complement to majors across any discipline: from American & Ethnic Studies, to Biology, to Educational Studies. The minor positions students to examine social, political, and cultural realities shaped by gender, sexuality, and power. GWSS approaches topics from transnational and intersectional perspectives, enabling students to analyze and address issues of gender, sexuality, and social difference at personal, historical, institutional, and structural levels.
Students who may benefit from the minor:
- Women and underrepresented minorities in STEM areas in need of a supportive learning community.
- Students pursuing careers in education or healthcare fields.
- Students pursuing graduate school in the humanities, social sciences, or law.
- Students pursuing careers in policy, advocacy, human rights, or community based non-profit organizations.
- Students pursuing careers in business areas where demonstrating a capacity to work with diverse communities is an asset.
Students pursuing the Minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies must complete a minimum of 25credits in the following areas:
- 5 Credits in Core Course in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies - BISGWS 301 Critical Gender and Sexuality Studies
- 20 Credits in Coursework in Gender Women & Sexuality Studies - Students are required to take at least 15 credits at the 300 or 400 level coursework.
Note: Students pursuing the GWSS Major will not be able to pursue the GWSS minor. Students pursuing a different major offered by IAS will be able to count up to 10 credits toward their IAS major and the GWSS minor.
Core Course - 5 Credits
BISGWS 301 Critical Gender & Sexuality Studies (5 credits) : Explores how sex, gender and sexuality studies has emerged. Examines intersections of gender and sexuality with race, ethnicity, dis/ability, class and nation in order to understand the key terms guiding inquiry in gender and sexuality studies.
GWSS Coursework - 20 Credits
GWSS elective courses must either focus on gender, women, and sexuality studies histories, themes, and experiences and/or use theoretical frameworks and methods grounded in gender, women, and sexuality studies approaches.
Students must take 20 credits course from the following GWSS approved coursework (*at least 15 credits of course work must be at the 300 or 400 level):
|Prefix & Number||Course Title|
|BIS 219||The Politics of Sex Education|
|BIS 221||Gender and Sexuality|
|BIS 224||Introduction to Feminist Studies|
|BIS 310||Women, Culture, and Development|
|BIS 324||Gender, Human Rights and Global Cinema|
|BIS 368||Women's Lives in Context|
|BIS 369||Women Across Cultures|
|BIS 387||Women and American Literature|
|BIS 418||Masculity, Homoeroticism, and Queer Theory in America|
|BIS 431||Issues in Sexual Politics and Cultures|
|BIS 433||Gender, Work, and Family|
|BIS 436||Comparative Family Systems|
|BIS 455||Literature and Sexuality|
|BIS 463||U.S. Women's History|
|BIS 471||Women in Art|
|BIS 486||Studies in Women and Literature|
|BISAES 368||Sex, Love, Romance|
|BISCLA 349||Hollywood Cinema and Genres|
|BISGWS 302||History and Movements of Gender and Sexuality|
|BISGWS 303||Approaches to Feminist Inquiry|
|BISSEB 331||The Family in U.S. Society|
GWSS coursework includes the following approved topics courses:
|Prefix & Number||Title||Topics Course Title|
|BIS 316||Topics in Psychology||Human Sexuality|
|BIS 322||Topics in Performance Studies||Performing Race and Gender on Film|
|Topics in the Study of Culture||Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Museum Archives|
|BIS 341||Topics in the Study of Culture||Girls on Film|
|BIS 351||Topics in American Culture||Women in Film|
|BIS 387||Women and American Literature||American Women Writers and the Question of Coalition|
|BIS 480||International Study Abroad||Gender, Media, and Human Rights in India|
|BIS 490||Advanced Seminar||The History and Politics of HIV/AIDS|
|BIS 490||Advanced Seminar||Gender and the Politics of Numbers|
|BIS 490||Advanced Seminar||Regulating Sexuality-Activism Policy and Everyday Life|
|BIS 490||Advanced Seminar||Gender, Law, & Policy|
|BIS 490||Advanced Seminar||Women, Race, and Class|
|BIS 490||Advanced Seminar||Hollywood Cinema, Gender and Sexuality|
|BIS 490||Advanced Seminar||Commercial Sex Work, Sexual Health, and Global Human Rights|
|BIS 490||Advanced Seminar||Sex Work, Human Trafficking, and Social Justice|
|BIS 490||Advanced Seminar||Theory and Practice of Queer and Trans Media|
|BIS 490||Advanced Seminar||Culture and Resistance in the Americas|
|BIS 490||Advanced Seminar||Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Science Fiction|
|BIS 490||Advanced Seminar||Gender Violence, Policing and the Law|
|BISSTS 497||Advanced Topics in Science & Technology||Gender, Race, Science, and Medicine|
GWSS courses from other UW Bothell Schools include:
|Prefix & Number||Course Title|
|B EDUC 461||Educational Implications of Gender Inequality|
|B HLTH 223||Feminist Approaches to Women's Health|
|B HLTH 420||Women's Global Health and Human Rights|
|CSS 205||Women in STEM Seminar: College Life|
|CSS 405||Women in STEM Seminar: Career/Professional Life|
Students minoring in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies will be able to:
- Think critically about the operation of gender and sexuality at personal, institutional, and structural levels.
- Situate and analyze gender and sexuality at local, national, and transnational levels.
- Critically examine the intersection of gender and sexuality with other vectors of identity, power, and privilege such as race, ethnicity, nationality, class, age and ability.
- Undertake critical interdisciplinary research that understands the role of cultural norms and assumptions especially, but not limited to, gender and sexuality in knowledge production.
- Collaborate with peers and off campus communities to engage in scholarly and creative activities that intervene in existing debates and create new ways of engaging issues of gender and sexuality.
- Write and communicate clearly about feminist theories and manifestations of power and resistance.
Interested students should review the minor requirements and declare the minor as early as possible. To declare or receive advising on the IAS minor, please call IAS Undergraduate Office at (425) 352-5350 to make an advising appointment, email IAS Advisors at firstname.lastname@example.org.