Women’s and Gender Studies Minor

Department of Women’s and Gender Studies


208 Smith Building, CB# 3135

(919) 962-3908

Professor Ariana Vigil, Director of Undergraduate Studies


The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies offers a feminist interdisciplinary course of study that expands the process of knowledge production to include considerations of gender, race, class, and sexuality in the United States and internationally. Students will be exposed to recent scholarship on feminist theory and the intellectual, economic, political, and artistic contributions of women and feminist movements in various historical and cultural contexts.

Department Programs




In addition to the program requirements listed below, students must:

  • take at least 9 credits of their minor course requirements at UNC–Chapel Hill
  • earn a minimum of 12 hours of C or better in the minor (some minors require more)

For more information, please consult the degree requirements section of the catalog.

The minor consists of 15 credits (five courses).

WMST 101Introduction to Women's Studies H3
Four courses chosen from at least two of the following three categories.12
Total Hours15

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Historical Studies

AAAD 201The Literature of Africa3
AAAD/WMST 200Gender and Sexuality in Africa3
AMST/JWST/WMST 253A Social History of Jewish Women in America3
ASIA/HIST/WMST 537Women in the Middle East3
CLAS/WMST 240Women in Greek Art and Literature H3
CLAS/WMST 241Women in Ancient Rome H3
CLAS/WMST 242Sex and Gender in Antiquity3
COMM/FOLK/HIST/WMST 562Oral History and Performance H3
HIST/EURO/WMST 259Towards Emancipation? Women in Modern Europe3
HIST/PWAD 354/WMST 353War and Gender in Movies H3
HIST/PWAD/WMST 517Gender, Military, and War in Comparative Perspective3
HIST 361/WMST 360Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Histories in the United States3
HIST/WMST 144Women in the United States from Settlement to Present3
HIST/WMST 264Gender in Russian History3
HIST/WMST 280Women and Gender in Latin American History3
HIST/WMST 375History of Gender in America3
HIST/WMST 479History of Female Sexualities in the West3
HIST/WMST 500Gender, Empire, and Nation in Europe and Beyond, 18th to the 20th Century3
HIST/WMST 501The Gender of Welfare: Comparative Perspectives, 19th and 20th Century3
HIST/WMST 568Women in the South3
HIST/WMST 569African American Women's History3
HIST/WMST 576The Ethnohistory of Native American Women3
WMST 289Women and the Law in Africa and the Middle East3
WMST 337African Gender History3
WMST 560Women and Religion in United States History3
WMST 583Gender and Imperialism3

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Humanities and Fine Arts

AMST/WMST 325Encountering Art in the Unexpected: Borderlands and Story in Contemporary American Visual Art3
ANTH/LING/WMST 302Language and Power3
ANTH/FOLK 537/WMST 438Gender and Performance: Constituting Identity3
ANTH/WMST 222Prehistoric Art3
ARTH/WMST 254Women in the Visual Arts I3
ARTH/WMST 451Women in the Visual Arts II3
ASIA/CMPL/WMST 380Almost Despicable Heroines in Japanese and Western Literature3
CMPL 374/WMST 373Modern Women Writers3
COMM/WMST 224Introduction to Gender and Communication H3
COMM/WMST 345Women in Film3
COMM/WMST 524Gender, Communication, and Culture H3
COMM/WMST 561Performance of Women of Color H3
ENGL/WMST 140Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Culture and Literature3
ENGL/WMST 263Literature and Gender H3
ENGL/WMST 361Asian American Women's Writing3
ENGL/WMST 363Feminist Literary Theory H3
ENGL/WMST 374Southern Women Writers3
ENGL/WMST 446American Women Authors H3
ENGL/WMST 665Queer Latina/o Literature, Performance, and Visual Art3
ENGL/WMST 666Queer Latina/o Photography and Literature3
GERM/WMST 220Women in the Middle Ages3
GERM/WMST 250Women in German Cinema3
JAPN/WMST 381Women and Work in Japan3
JAPN/WMST 384Women Writers in Japanese Society3
MUSC/WMST 188Introduction to Women and Music3
MUSC/WMST 248Women in Opera3
PHIL/WMST 275Moral and Philosophical Issues of Gender in Society H3
PHIL/WMST 475Philosophical Issues in Gender, Race, and Class3
RELI/WMST 362Mary in the Christian Tradition H3
RELI 665/WMST 664Body and Suffering in Christian Mysticism3
RUSS/WMST 486Contemporary Russian Women's Writing3
SPAN/WMST 620Women in Hispanic Literature3
WMST 64Plantation Lullabies: Literature by and about African American Women3
WMST 66First-Year Seminar: World Literature by Women3
WMST 68First-Year Seminar: Assumed Identities: Performance in Photography3
WMST 202Introduction to Feminist Thought3
WMST 211Introduction to Latina Feminisms: Literature, Theory, and Activism3
WMST 230Women in Contemporary Art: A Field Study3
WMST 231Gender and Popular Culture3
WMST 232Identity in Transit: Performing the Self through Photography3
WMST 233Introduction to Latina Literature3
WMST 281Gender and Global Change: Militarization and Transnational Latina/o Literature3
WMST 285African American Women in the Media3
WMST 336Digitizing the Body3
WMST 350Spitting in the Wind: "American" Women, Art, and Activism3
WMST 352Rahtid Rebel Women: An Introduction to Caribbean Women3
WMST 465Gender, (Im)migration, and Labor in Latina Literature3
WMST 555Women and Creativity3

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

Social Sciences

AAAD/WMST 386Comparative Studies in Culture, Gender, and Global Forces3
AAAD 232/WMST 266Black Women in America3
AMST/ECON/WMST 385Gender and Economics3
ANTH/WMST 277Gender and Culture3
ANTH/WMST 278Women in Science3
ANTH/WMST 441The Anthropology of Gender, Health, and Illness3
ANTH/WMST 443Cultures and Politics of Reproduction3
ANTH/WMST 445Migration and Health3
ANTH/WMST 458Archaeology of Sex and Gender3
ANTH/WMST 660Kinship, Reproduction, Reproductive Technology, and the New Genetics H3
ANTH 442/WMST 440Health and Gender after Socialism3
ASIA/GEOG/WMST 447Gender, Space, and Place in the Middle East3
EXSS/WMST 260Women in Sports3
GEOG/WMST 225Space, Place, and Difference3
JWST/RELI 444/WMST 448Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Judaism3
MEJO/WMST 442Gender, Class, Race, and Mass Media3
PLAN 52/WMST 51First-Year Seminar: Race, Sex, and Place in America3
PLAN/WMST 662Gender Issues in Planning and Development3
POLI/WMST 217Women and Politics3
POLI/WMST 218Politics of Sexuality3
POLI/WMST 219Violence against Women: The Legal Perspective3
POLI/WMST 265Feminism and Political Theory3
POLI/WMST 477Advanced Feminist Political Theory3
RECR/WMST 310Women, Work, and Leisure3
RELI/WMST 244Gender and Sexuality in Western Christianity H3
RELI/WMST 371Women Mystics3
RELI/WMST 424Gender Theory and the Study of Religion3
RELI/WMST 450Sexuality in Jewish Tradition and History3
SOCI/WMST 124Sex and Gender in Society3
SOCI/WMST 444Race, Class, and Gender3
WMST 111Introduction to Sexuality Studies3
WMST 340Leadership in Violence Prevention for Peer Educators3
WMST 355Youth, Sexuality, and the Law3
WMST 368Women of Color in Contemporary United States Social Movements3
WMST 388The International Politics of Sexual and Reproductive Health3
WMST 410Comparative Queer Politics3
WMST 550The Social Construction of Women's Bodies3
WMST 553Theorizing Black Feminisms3
WMST 610Feminism, Sexuality, and Human Rights3
WMST 695Senior Seminar: Principles of Feminist Inquiry H3

Honors version available. An honors course fulfills the same requirements as the nonhonors version of that course. Enrollment and GPA restrictions may apply.

WMST 202 and WMST 695 are strongly recommended for minors and will count towards the 12 credits taken after WMST 101. An internship in women’s and gender studies (WMST 393) can also count towards the 12 credits.

See program page here for special opportunities.