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Minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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.

Careers for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors

Furman’s diverse WGSS minor curriculum prepares you for myriad possibilities in the professional world.

Some sample fields and vocations are:

  • Educator
  • Medical doctor
  • Non-profit manager
  • Local and federal government roles and agencies
  • Lawyer
  • Human resources manager
  • Social worker
  • Marketing and public relations professional
  • Journalist
  • Counselor
  • Researcher

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.

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86%
Students who have participated in an engaged learning experience
37%
Students who research with faculty or conduct independent studies
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Average class size

What our students say

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“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
    Title:

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

    Gretchen Braun

    Gretchen Braun
    Title:

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

    Phone Number: 8642943137

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  • Scott Henderson
    Title:

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

    Scott Henderson

    Scott Henderson
    Title:

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

    Phone Number: 8642943384

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  • Cynthia King
    Title:

    Professor of Communication Studies

    Cynthia King

    Cynthia King
    Title:

    Professor of Communication Studies

    Phone Number: 8642943068

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  • Savita Nair
    Title:

    Professor, History and Asian Studies; Director, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Inclusive Pedagogy Fellow, FDC

    Savita Nair

    Savita Nair
    Title:

    Professor, History and Asian Studies; Director, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program; Inclusive Pedagogy Fellow, FDC

    Phone Number: 8642943332

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  • Nicholas F. Radel
    Title:

    Professor of English

    Dr. Radel

    Nicholas F. Radel
    Title:

    Professor of English

    Phone Number: 8642942795

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  • Elizabeth Smith
    Title:

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

    Elizabeth Smith

    Elizabeth Smith
    Title:

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

    Phone Number: 8642943674

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  • Roger Sneed
    Title:

    Professor of Religion and Department Chair

    Dr. Sneed

    Roger Sneed
    Title:

    Professor of Religion and Department Chair

    Phone Number: 8642942188

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  • Marian Strobel
    Title:

    William Montgomery Burnett Professor, History

    Marian Strobel

    Marian Strobel
    Title:

    William Montgomery Burnett Professor, History

    Phone Number: 8642943072

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  • How do I declare a minor?

    Like declaring a major, students meet with the minor chair to work out details.

    How many minors can I declare?

    There is no limit to the number of minors a student may declare.

    Why should I pursue a minor?

    A minor program is an excellent way to explore further interests, develop additional skills to attract future employers, and discover connections between different subjects you’re passionate about. Many students find that taking on a minor makes for a more well-rounded and complete educational experience.

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