The program offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in WGSS and an undergraduate minor in GLBT Studies with courses drawn from the humanities, fine arts, and social and health sciences. Typically fifteen to twenty-five undergraduate courses are offered each semester. Topics Include: Health Aspects of Human Sexuality, Sociology of Gender, Psychology of Gender, Women in Politics, Sexuality and Society, US Women's History since 1840, Feminist Philosophy, Women Writers, Gender and Film, and Women in Latin America, Gay and Lesbian Literature, Sociology of Family, Gender and Media, etc. The undergraduate minors are open to all students regardless of major.
WGSS coursework emphasizes concepts of gender analysis applicable to history, media, natural sciences, social sciences, art, literature, politics, health, medicine, and law. Learning extends beyond the classroom to personally and socially important questions. Students who complete the minor may, among other things, pursue graduate studies, or work in the public and private sectors with a focus on women's and LGBT issues.
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Outline of Women's Studies Minor
The critical perspective of WGSS establishes gender as a fundamental category of social and cultural analysis, linking gender with class, race, ethnicity and sexual identity to analyze the diversity of women's experience. The University of Houston's WGSS Program seeks to provide equal opportunities and is open to all students without regard to sex, race, color, religion, sexual identity, national origin, age, handicap, or veteran status. The University is committed through the WGSS Program to bringing its expertise to the analysis and investigation of women's roles, problems, needs, history and contributions to humankind.
The WOST Minor is housed within the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (624 AH) and is administered by Dr. Elizabeth Gregory.
Click here to download the degree plan for the WOST Minor.
Outline of GLBT Minor
The GLBT Studies minor at the University of Houston recognizes the scholarly importance of GLBT people and their contribution to politics and theory. It offers students a rich interdisciplinary framework in which to understand and critically examine this dynamic academic field. This minor allows students to question and analyze the complex roles and implications of sexuality, gender and sexual identity. In a world where GLBT people are more visible and prominent than ever before, having a strong background in GLBT history, literature, culture and theory is an increasingly valuable part of any education. The GLBT Studies Minor is pivotal in the mission of the University of Houston to promote diversity and equality.
The GLBT minor is housed within the Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program in the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (624 AH) and is administered by Dr. Guillermo de los Reyes.
Click here to download the degree plan for the GLBT Minor.
How to Apply for the Minors
Individuals interested in a Minor in WGSS or GLBT Studies can come by the WGSS Office, Room 624 Agnes Arnold Hall, or may contact the student advisors Robyn Lyn or Aida Nikou at 713-743-3214. You can also e-mail us at WGSS@uh.edu.
Link to Courses
View a full list of regularly and currently offered courses.
Petitioning a Course for Approval
Courses that are not-crosslisted but deal with over 50% women or gender in topics, assignments, and readings may be petitioned for credit for the minor. Adhere to the following process:
1. Print a “General Petition” from the Academic Forms website.
2. Fill in sections A and B of the petition completely.
3. Have your professor sign section C.
4. Attach a course syllabus to the completed and signed petition and bring it to the WGSS office, AH 624.
5. WOST will complete the remaining steps and contact you when the process is finished.
NOTE: Only courses 3000 level or above count for the WOST minor.
Link to Scholarships
WGSS also has a number of scholarships that are available only to minors.