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2019-2020 Catalog 
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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor

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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

25 credits


Western Washington University’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program draws on interdisciplinary research and teaching to analyze the formation of sex, gender, and sexuality as they intersect with race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, and ability.

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is committed to the project of social justice. We examine and challenge systems of oppression, inequality, and privilege from a variety of perspectives. Our program encourages theory and praxis that critically considers global and local communities in efforts to revise, re-envision, and reimagine social change.

The curriculum provides students with skills to critically and actively engage with the world around them. Many of our courses connect academia to the material world by investigating the relationship between theory and practice - a central commitment of much feminist, gender, and queer scholarship. Our courses are characterized by rigorous and sustained critical thinking, inquiry, and analysis: skills central to the task of pursuing equality and justice.

Why Consider a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor?

Drawing on the rich pool of academic expertise at Western, the program emphasizes theories and practices derived from feminist, queer, postcolonial, multiracial, and multicultural contexts. Our curriculum emphasizes scholarly engagement with a wide range of disciplines, including: history, fine and performing art, literature, creative writing, political science, communication studies, health and human development, language and linguistics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, environmental studies, visual culture, journalism, education, and science.

Students enjoy small class sizes and close faculty interaction. Our community is intellectually challenging, supportive, and creative. Our diverse faculty encourages scholarship that is interdisciplinary and intersectional.

 Contact Information

Director of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Dr. Vicki Hsueh
Arntzen Hall 405 MS 9082
Office hours by appointment

Program Coordinator
Angela Brown
Miller Hall 223

 Sample Careers

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program prepares students with a solid foundation to pursue careers in fields such as law, social service, counseling, public policy, health care, teaching, and the arts. We also give students a strong foundation for pursuing graduate work in women and gender studies, as well as in such disciplines as political science, healthcare communication studies, literature, journalism, history, cultural studies, law, education, policy, and social welfare.

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students who wish to declare a minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are required to register with the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies office. For program advisement, contact Professor Hsueh, Arntzen Hall 405, 360-650-2649, Vicki.Hsueh@wwu.edu.

Grade Requirements

Students are required to earn at least a C+ in courses counting towards the minor.


Additional information

Each academic year, the WGSS office will compile an advisory list of all courses with a women, gender, and sexuality studies focus. 

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