What is a women’s, gender, and sexuality studies minor?

Increasingly, students are drawn to women’s, gender, and sexuality studies to give voice to marginalized people and groups. Regardless of how they identify, students are driven by their passion to engage with issues of the day – violence against women and children, social justice, the #MeToo movement, ableism, equitable access to technology, ageism and women’s underrepresentation in health care and public policy leadership. A minor in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies trains a lens on these and other issues. Take your first steps by contacting admissions or reading more about how to apply.

Why study Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Furman?

Through a multidisciplinary model, the WGSS minor casts a wide net that includes 13 academic departments in addition to WGSS courses. Deliberately small classes create space for unfettered discussion, reflection, critical thinking and analysis. Build self-confidence as you sharpen your oral presentation and writing skills and critical thinking acumen. Connect classroom to community by identifying and solving problems on a local or campus level.

How will you learn?

Explore coursework with context through internships and research designed to focus your interests in areas most meaningful to you – women’s and children’s advocacy, LGBTQIA+ issues and inequities in health care. Travel to Sweden to compare sex education programs with those in the U.S. Or stay on campus for May Experience, “Sexual Revolutions in America.” Plan a visit to Furman’s beautiful campus or start your application today.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses: What will you study?

More than a dozen academic departments from anthropology to economics are leveraged to deliver a well-rounded interdisciplinary minor.

Sample courses include:

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  • 86%
    Students who have participated in an engaged learning experience
  • 37%
    Students who research with faculty or conduct independent studies
  • 14
    Average class size
What our students say
“The WGSS program was a truly kaleidoscopic experience that transformed my education. Learning about ‘her-stories’ and others’ experiences infused my passion to connect with and better comprehend the world around me.”
- Olivia Glad ’21

Our faculty

Your academic advisor will help you explore your passions, define your interests and achieve your goals. You’ll tap into a widespread network of community and alumni mentors to help you on your individual educational path – and to the opportunities at the end of it. Furman’s WGSS faculty represent decades of study and real-world expertise.

Gretchen Braun

Associate Professor, English and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Scott Henderson

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor, Education; Director of National and International Scholarships; Philosophy and History of Education

Cynthia King

Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusive Excellence; Professor of Communication Studies

Savita Nair

Gordon Poteat Professor of Asian Studies and History; Director of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program

Nicholas Radel

Professor of English

Elizabeth Smith

Chair and Professor, Department of Politics and International Affairs; Assistant Faculty Director, The Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection

Roger Sneed

Professor of Religion and Department Chair

Marian Strobel

William Montgomery Burnett Professor, History
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