The Ohio State University at Newark


Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Why Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies?

The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) minor is a great addition to any major. As an inter- and multidisciplinary department, we examine questions of gender, sex and power from various fields of study and generally explore these issues in greater depth than other disciplines. Grounded in feminist, racial and queer social justice movements, WGSS disrupts traditional methods of knowledge production and teaching within academia to bring marginalized groups to the center and to prepare students to become engaged citizens who will work toward creating a more equitable and just society.

The Minor in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (AU20 and beyond)

Prerequisite (1 course, 3 credit hours):

  • WGSST 1110: Gender, Sex & Power | Offered every semester; GE

Electives (4 courses, 12 credit hours):

  • Take any 4 courses in WGSS with some checkboxes along the way:
    • 1 elective course must come from the list of approved Women of Color or Global and Transnational Feminisms courses
    • 1 course must be at the 3000-level or above
    • 1 course must be at the at 4000-level or above

Additional Information

  • A maximum of 1 approved-related course may count towards the minor for students who transfer to Columbus. If you graduate from the Newark campus, a maximum of 2 approved-related course may count towards the minor.
  • All cross-listed courses, regardless of department of offering, are automatically approved to count towards the minor.
  • Minors may overlap up to 6 credit hours of GEs in addition to WGSST 1110.
  • No more than 3 credit hours of WGSS internship credit (WGSST 3191 and 3385) may be used toward to fulfill minor requirements.
  • No more than 3 credit hours of research credit (WGSST 5998) may be used to fulfill minor requirements.
  • No more than one half (6 credits) of the credit hours in the minor can be transfer credit.
  • Minimum C- required in all minor classes.
  • No more than 3 credit hours of courses graded S/U.
  • Unique circumstances may warrant a petition to the WGSS Undergraduate Studies Committee to alter requirements.
  • Students may petition the WGSS Undergraduate Studies Committee to seek approved-related status for courses in other departments they feel are closely related to the curriculum goals of WGSS.


Spring 2021 Courses

  • WGSST 1110: Gender, Sex and Power, Dr. Lin Distel, distel.2@osu.edu
    • Class # 16234, online, 1st seven weeks
  • WGSS 1110: Gender, Sex and Power, Dr. Marie Franco, franco.41@osu.edu
    • Class # 29451, online
    • Class # 30087, online, 2nd seven weeks
  • HIST 2630, History of Modern Sexualities, Dr. Jim Weeks, weeks.60@osu.edu
    • Class # 33291, M W, Time: 5:30P-6:50P, Room # RS 145, hybrid course, online and in-person
  • HIST/WGSS 2750: Natives and Newcomers: Immigration and Migration in US History, Dr. Lucy Murphy, murphy.500@osu.edu
    • Class # 33293, Time: T R, 9:35A-10:55A, OnlineClass # 33294, Time: T R, 12:45P-2:05P, Online
  • ENG/WGSS 2282: Intro to Queer Studies, Dr. Marie Franco, franco.41@osu.edu
    • Class # 29647, Online
  • SOC 3435: Sociology of Gender, Dr. Rachel Schneider, schneider.831@osu.edu
    • Class # 21397, Online
  • ENG 4592: Special Topics in Women’s Literature, Dr. Marie Franco, franco.41@osu.edu
    • Class # 33284, Online
  • HIST 4675: Seminar in Gender and Empire, Dr. Elizabeth Dillenburg, dillenburg.1@osu.edu
    • Class # 33303, T R, Time: 2:20P-3:40P, Online


Key differences between the minor before and after AU20

Instead of requiring a Women of Color course, minors may now select a Women of Color or Global and Transnational Feminisms course, making the minor even easier to complete


Requirements for WGSS Minor (before AU20)

General Requirements

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies undergraduate minors complete a 3-credit hour pre-requisite and 12 credit hours of required coursework.

  • 3 credit hours must be at the 3000 level or above
  • 3 credit hours must be at the 4000 level or above
  • A minimum grade of C- in all courses used to fulfill minor requirements and a GPA of at least 2.0 for all minor courses must be maintained;
  • No more than 3 credit hours of combined Special Topics (WGSST 2194, WGSST 3320, WGSST 4194), internship credit (WGSST 3191 and WGSST 3385), and/or Individual Studies (WGSS 5193) may be used to fulfill minor requirements.
  • Minor courses may be used to meet curricular requirements, as specified in the General Education Curriculum (GE). Courses used in the minor CANNOT count towards the major.

Pre-requisite (3 credit hours)

WGSST 1110: Gender, Sex and Power

Core Course (3 credit hours)

At least ONE Women of Color course. This course does not count toward the nine credit hours of elective coursework.

Open Electives (9 credit hours)

The remaining 9 credit hours are selected from courses in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies and/or approved- related courses. No more than 3 credit hours of approved-related courses can be chosen outside of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Note: "Topics in" and "Studies in" courses vary by semester and are not listed as approved-related courses. Students may petition the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies undergraduate advisor for permission to apply an unlisted course to their minor program. Students must obtain written approval from the department before enrolling in the course.



People

Faculty Listing and Courses Taught

  • Dr. Tina Angeletti, Lecturer (Courses: HDFS 3440)Dr. Elizabeth Dillenburg, Assistant Professor of History (Courses: HIST 3642)
  • Dr. Lin Distel, Lecturer, Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Courses: WGSS 1110)
  • Dr. Marie Franco, Lecturer (Courses: WGSS 1110; ENG/WGSS 2282; English 4592)
  • Dr. Tiyi Morris, Associate Professor of African American and African Studies (Courses: WGSS 1110; AAAS/WGSS 2367.04)
  • Dr. Lucy Murphy, Professor of History (Courses: HIST/WGSS 2750)
  • Dr. Rachel Schneider, Senior Lecturer, Sociology (Courses: SOC 3435)
  • Dr. Jim Weeks, Senior Lecturer, History (Courses: HIST 2630)


Resources

WGSS Advisors at Newark


LGBTQIA+ & Allies Employee Resource Group

Local Organizations