Undergraduate Minors


The minor in Gender & Women’s Studies provides students pursuing any major at UW with unique critical skills and theoretical background in the field. Students are encouraged to work with faculty mentors to tailor their course plan to best enhance their academic and professional goals.


Students may earn a minor in Gender in Women’s Studies by completing 18 credit hours of course work, Nine of the required hours must be 3000 level or above, and at least 15 credits must be completed with a grade of “C” or better.

Core Course: 3 Credits

Complete at least ONE of the following core courses.

  • GWST 1080 - Intro Gender & Women's Studies

  • GWST 2000 - Introduction to LGBTQ/NS Studies

  • GWST 3600 - Gender, Race, Sex & Social Systems

  • GWST 4700 - Feminist Theories

Note: Because GWST 3600 and 4700 have prerequisites, taking a lower level and upper level course from this list is recommended, but not required.

Note: If taken prior to Fall 2022, the following courses may also satisfy this requirement: GWST 1900, Women & Leadership; GWST 2500, Gender & Society; or GWST 3710, Gender & Humanities.

Elective: 15 Credits

The additional 15 credit hours can be selected from the complete slate of GWST electives, including those listed above. A minimum of 12 credit hours in the GWST minor must be exclusive of hours earned in the student’s major.

Visit the Gender and Women's Studies Minor in the UW catalog to view all classes.


Additional Information

Students in GWST are encouraged to work with a faculty advisor to develop an individualized plan of study. Contact the program director, Dr. Michelle Jarman (mjarman@uwyo.edu), for more information.

If you're interested in getting your B.A. in Gender and Women's Studies please visit: https://www.uwyo.edu/uw/degree-programs/gender-womens-studies-ba.html.



The Queer Studies program at UW was approved in 2011. The minor draws upon the strengths of various departments to introduce both undergraduate and graduate students to the history, theory, and practice of the study of sexuality with an emphasis on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer lives.

Courses encourage interdisciplinary thinking about the theoretical, historical and contemporary issues related to sexuality. Students with diverse primary interest areas may enhance their liberal arts education with a Queer Studies Minor. 

The undergraduate minor requires 18 credit hours, with sample courses listed below.  The core class for the undergraduate minor, GWST 2000 - Introduction to LGBTQ/NS Studies introduces students to the field of new sexuality studies, with an emphasis on gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgendered and queer lives.  It lays the foundation for analysis of evidence regarding sexuality. Students must also complete the capstone course GWST 4430 - Queer Theory. With 12 hours of subsequent elective course work and the completion of the minor, undergraduate students meet the following interrelated academic goals:  to identify and demonstrate knowledge of the significant contributions of LGBTQ+ peoples in America and in the world; to demonstrate knowledge about the social construction of sexuality; to demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of sexuality to current and historical issues, societies, and people, and to demonstrate the acquisition of skills to think and to write critically about issues of sexuality. Students are required to present their capstone project at Undergraduate Research Day.


Visit the Queer Studies Minor in the UW catalog to view all classes.

To declare this minor, complete the Change of Major form and submit it to the registrar.


An interdisciplinary Queer Studies Advisory Committee administers the Queer Studies Minor, which is housed in the Gender and Women’s Studies program.


Additional Information

Contact the program director, Rachel Watson (rwatson@uwyo.edu).




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Phone: 307-766-2733

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