Women's and Gender Studies Overview

Students entering the University of San Diego and/or declaring a major during 2020-2021, should follow information contained in the printed course catalog (also known as the "catalog of record") published on April 1, 2020. Access the catalog of record at https://catalogs.sandiego.edu.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Minor

Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary academic minor that takes as its focus the history, development, and consequences of culturally acquired sexual identities. It is a field of study as complex as the many disciplines it weaves together.

Learning Outcomes

After successfully completing the Women’s and Gender Studies minor, students will be able to:

  • Describe and critically reflect on how they and others have experienced privilege and oppression in relation to sex, gender, or sexuality.
  • Analyze, through various modes of inquiry, how concepts of “gender,” “sex,” or “sexuality” have been socially constructed through history or in contemporary contexts.
  • Describe struggles against sexism and heterosexism and patterns of resistance that dismantle hierarchies of sex, genders, and sexualities. 

  • Examine the intersections of gender, sex, and sexuality with other categories such as race, ethnicity, socio-economic class, age, and ability at local, national, and/or global levels.