Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) engages feminist and queer theories and practice to further the understanding and analysis of gender and sexuality from an intersectional and interdisciplinary perspective. The Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies curriculum facilitates critical thinking, student and faculty engagement, and awareness and appreciation of diverse cultures and experiences by developing competency in intersectional feminist and LGBTQIA+ activism, theories, and methods.

Learning Goals

WGSS courses are open to any student at Stockton University. Students graduating with the Interdisciplinary Minor in WGSS will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Identify and define fundamental principles, generalizations, and/or theories related to the study of gender and sexuality;
  • Apply feminist and queer theories and methods to multiple academic disciplines and texts as well as to experiences beyond the classroom;
  • Analyze and critically evaluate global and national perspectives and representations related to gender and sexuality;
  • Engage with communities, from the local to the global, through intersectional feminist and LGBTQIA+ activism and scholarship;
  • Develop a clearer understanding of and commitment to personal values;
  • Develop skill in expressing oneself orally and in writing.

Not every WGSS course addresses all of the above learning outcomes; students completing the Minor will demonstrate competency in these six areas through the completion of program coursework including the final capstone/portfolio course.

Students can declare a Minor in WGSS by completing the Declaration/Change of Minor on the goStockton portal.

To declare the WGSS Minor, log in to your Go Stockton portal. Access your Student Services tab > Student Tools > Change of Major/Minor.

Students interested in pursuing a minor in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies are encouraged to meet with the WGSS Minor Coordinator and/or their preceptor to discuss course selection and progress.

More information about the interdisciplinary field of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies:

Program Requirements

WGSS courses are open to any student at Stockton University. A Minor in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies is awarded to students who complete 21 credits of WGSS coursework, including:

  1. Women, Gender, and Sexuality (GAH 2358/1039 or GSS 2358), a 4-credit course that serves as an introduction to critical study of women, gender, and sexuality, and to feminist and queer scholarship and activism.
  2. Three Elective Courses (12 credits), selected from courses approved by the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies faculty and based in feminist and queer studies (see list below). A range of elective courses is offered each semester from across the university.
  3. Seminar in Feminist Theory (GIS 3614), a 4-credit course focused on primary source readings in feminist and queer theories. This integrative seminar covers how people create, interpret and evaluate knowledge claims about the world.
  4. WGSS Capstone-Portfolio (WGSS 4800), a 1-credit course that serves as the culmination of students' WGSS course of study. This course is usually taken in the student’s penultimate or final semester, after completing or concurrently with GIS 3614.

Please note that we are not always able to offer both the Introductory course (Women, Gender and Sexuality), and Integrative Seminar (Feminist Theory), every semester; thus students will need to plan ahead with their preceptors to ensure they can meet the Minor requirements in a timely manner.


If you have any questions about the minor, then please contact the current coordinator: 


Dr. Betsy Erbaugh
Office: G-208


Students should work with their preceptor to select from the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies offerings each semester. These can be viewed on the list of course offerings for Interdisciplinary Minors posted online each term prior to pre-registration. Not all courses with the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies attribute are included in the list below. Students wishing to transfer an elective should contact the coordinator or their preceptor.

Course descriptions for the offerings listed above and below appear in the course catalog.


  • Women, Gender and Sexuality
    • GAH 2358 or GSS 2358 (4 credits) or GAH 1039 (First-Year Seminar)
  • GIS 3614 Seminar in Feminist Theory (4 credits)
  • WGSS 4800 Ethnic, Minority, Gender Studies (1 credit capstone/portfolio)
  • ANTH 3355  Anthropology of Men and Women
  • CRIM 3757  Women and Criminal Justice
  • GAH 1044  Women and the Bible
  • GAH 1051  The Body Across Disciplines
  • GAH 2122  Women’s Lives
  • GAH 2280  Witches
  • GAH 3109  Women, Minorities and the Mass Media
  • GAH 3121  African-American Women Writers
  • GAH 3202  Gay and Lesbian Literature
  • GAH 3205  Queer Autobiographies
  • GAH 3206  Race & US Culture
  • GAH 3617  Meanings of Motherhood
  • GAH 3635  U.S. Women’s Movements
  • GEN 2235  Gender Equity in Sports
  • GEN 2306  Women and Health
  • GIS 3648  Gender and Violence in Film and Society
  • GIS 3658  Women and Genocide
  • GIS 3672  Slave Narrative Revisited
  • GIS 3725  Women in Law, History and Literature
  • GIS 4602  Sex, Power, Conflict
  • GIS 4622  The Geography of Women
  • GIS 4648  Women in Leadership
  • GIS 4656  Documenting Hemings and Jefferson
  • GNM 1031  Gender Issues in Computing
  • GSS 2106  Women, Science & Technology
  • GSS 2161  Perspectives on Sexuality
  • GSS 2181  History of Childbirth in America
  • GSS 2181  History of Childbirth in America
  • GSS 2310  Sex Discrimination and the Law
  • GSS 2337  Gender and Aggressive Behavior
  • GSS 2648  Sexual Assault: Victims and Perpetrators
  • GSS 3104  Language and Power
  • GSS 3601  Gender and Work
  • GSS 3618  Sport, Media and Gender
  • GSS 3640  Sexuality, Crime, and Criminal Justice
  • HIST 2169  American Jewish Women
  • HIST 3618  Global Feminism Seminar
  • LANG 4248  Spanish Women Writers
  • LITT 2140  Literature by Women
  • LITT 2145  Family in American Literature
  • LITT 3311  19th Century American Women Writers
  • LITT 3316  Contemporary American Women Writers
  • LITT 3624  Queer American Literary Traditions
  • PHIL 3613  Feminist Philosophies
  • POLS 3612  Women and the Law
  • PSYC 3602  Psychology of Gender
  • PSYC 3605  Psychology of Eating Disorders
  • PUBH 2300  Focus on Women’s Health
  • SOCY 2111  Women and Social Action
  • SOCY 2642  Homosexuality in Film
  • SOCY 2315  Gender and Sexuality
  • SOCY 2320  Sociology of Gender
  • SOCY 2640  Sexuality and Society
  • SOCY 3678  Popular Culture, Tough Women


Engagement and Internships

WGSS provides numerous high-impact learning opportunities for students, including activist projects, service-learning experiences, opportunities to submit papers and projects for academic conferences and awards, and to seek funding for internships and research through the University and the New Jersey Women's and Gender Studies Consortium.

WGSS Community Partners


A WGSS Minor provides students with skills, knowledge and expertise in finding, analyzing and using information on contemporary social issues, an understanding of gender, sexuality, race, culture and social class difference, and experience with analyzing inequality and acting to create change. These skills enhance preparation for a wide variety of careers, such as employment in communication and media, counseling, education, economics, finance, government, journalism, management, marketing, nursing, public health, research, and social work.

Experience in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies also provides preparation for employment opportunities such as women’s and LGBTQIA+ legal and political projects; work with women’s, trans* and LGBQ+ health collectives, social services and hotlines; women’s/LGBTQIA+ career and credit counseling and work with small businesses owned by women and LGBTQIA+ people.  

For more information, consult the following sources: