Graduate Minor Program Requirements

A Graduate Minor in WGS supports interdisciplinary research and provides students with an understanding of the impact of gendered practices on social and cultural behavior and thought and a theoretical foundation for analyzing and responding to these gendered practices and their outcomes.


The minor complements a graduate degree in disciplines all over campus. Some of our Grad Minors come from these departments:

  • Communication Studies
  • English
  • Education
  • Kinesiology
  • Political Science
  • Sociology


Requirements for the Graduate Minor in WGS

Students interested in the graduate minor in Women’s and Gender Studies in either the Master’s or Doctorate program should complete the WGS Plan of Study Form and submit it, through their advisory committee, to the Graduate Advisor of the WGS Curriculum Committee for final approval by the WGS Director. The student’s WGS Plan of Study Form will be maintained in the WGS Office and any changes affecting the WGS Minor should be coordinated with the advisory committee and the Graduate Advisor of the Curriculum. Courses must be clearly delineated as to which hours count as major coursework and which as minor coursework.


Students minoring in WGS must complete 12 semester hours of course work including 6 hours at the 7000 level (choose two of these three: WGS 7150, WGS 7500 and WGS 7900) and 6 hours of approved elective courses that are listed as 4000 and above. Of these courses, no more than two may be taken within the same department or with the same professor and no more than one course may be taken within the student's home department.

View the WGS Program Overview and Classes Flyer

View the WGS Graduate Minor Flyer


Admission & Financial Support

A student must be accepted by the Graduate School and an LSU Graduate Program. After acceptance into a departmental program, the student should work with faculty advisory committees in their home department and in Women's and Gender Studies to identify specific coursework that will be taken in WGS as part of their graduate studies at LSU.


Graduate research assistantships may be available from participating departments, institutes and centers. The primary source of financial support is from the Graduate School and the student’s home department.


How can a Graduate Minor in WGS benefit you?

There are many ways in which a graduate minor in WGS can combine and enhance your current graduate degree when on the job market. If you are interested in finding out more about a 4-class graduate minor in WGS, please contact the Director of the Women's and Gender Studies Program, Dr. Elena Castro.


Related Information

PhD Students are eligible for the Ann Veronica Simon Outstanding Gender Studies Dissertation Award

To join the listserv for WGSGO, the Women's & Gender Studies Graduate Organization, visit our organizations page.