Minor in Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program at Otterbein is committed to a critical and feminist understanding of gender and power across cultural contexts, social locations, and disciplinary boundaries.

Our program underlines two important and interrelated learning goals:

  • A deepened understanding of the history, contributions, conditions, and issues affecting women in local, national, and transnational contexts
  • A broad exploration of the multiple systems and social meanings that construct our understandings of gender and sexuality

We are proud of the fact that we think comparatively and collaboratively about feminist politics, gender categories, and sexual identity and practice.

The program also encourages feminist and anti-oppressive pedagogies in the classroom; supports critical research and faculty development in women’s and gender studies; sponsors co-curricular programming that addresses women’s and gender issues; provides outreach opportunities for the campus community; and offers itself as an ally and advocate for women and GLBTQ students, staff, and faculty at the University.

Requirements for the WGSS Minor (20 hours)

Required Core Courses (8 hours)
WGSS 1100 – Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (4 hrs)
choose one:
WGSS 2001 – Theories and Methods: Feminisms (4 hrs) or
WGSS 2002 – Theories and Methods: Gender and Sexuality Studies (4 hrs)

Elective Courses (12 hours)
See information about the elective courses above.

Four hours of the WGSS minor must be on at the 3000 or 4000-level.