Graduate Minors

The Gender and Women's Studies Department offers a graduate minor in gender and women's studies and a graduate minor in queer Studies.

The graduate minor in gender & women's studies offers sophisticated training in feminist theory and methodology to graduate students who want to incorporate gender & women's studies into their degree work. Because gender has become a central category of analysis in many disciplines and fields, the graduate minor strengthens students' formal credentials and offers a versatile area of specialization. Students should submit a GWS Graduate Minor application to gws-email@illinois.edu or to the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies at 1205 W. Nevada St, MC-137, Urbana, IL 61801.

The graduate minor in Queer Studies offers students the opportunity to gain expertise in queer theory and methodology as part of their graduate degree work. The graduate minor in queer studies offers students a versatile interdisciplinary framework to complement and strengthen their research and pedagogy in their chosen field of study. Students who wish to pursue a graduate minor in Queer Studies must submit the Queer Studies Graduate Minor Application form to gws-email@illinois.edu or to the GWS House at 1205 W. Nevada St. MC – 137, Urbana, IL 61801.

 

Requirements for the Graduate Minor in Gender and Women's Studies

Required Courses Required Hours
GWS 550, Feminist Theories and Methods 4
GWS 590, Topics in Gender & Women's Studies 4
An additional 400 or 500 level GWS course selected from a list of approved courses maintained in the department office by the GWS advisor. An independent study in GWS may also serve as the additional course. 4
Total Hours 12
Other Requirements*  
In addition to the minor requirements, students must also complete the requirements of their major degree. Hours counted toward completion of a minor may not also be applied toward any other transcripted credential.  

Students completing a graduate minor must submit a curriculum change request to the Graduate College prior to graduation in order for this credential to appear on their transcripts.

 

Requirements for Graduate Minor in Queer Studies

Required Courses: Required Hours
GWS 580, Queer Theories & Methods 4
GWS 581, Topics in Queers Studies 4
One additional 400 or 500 level course selected from a list of approved courses maintained in the department office by the GWS Advisor. An independent study in GWS may, with the approval of the GWS Advisor, also serve as the additional course. 4
Total Hours 12
Other Requirements*  
In addition to the minor requirements, students must also complete the requirements of their major degree. Hours counted toward completion of a minor may not also be applied toward any other transcripted credential.  

Students completing a graduate minor must submit a curriculum change request to the Graduate College prior to graduation in order for this credential to appear on their transcripts.