To get the basics, all Gender and Sexuality Studies minors take GSS: 210 Gender Studies and GSS: 250 Sexuality Studies From there, students choose from an array of gender and/or sexuality-based courses offered from almost all disciplines within the college.

Engage in important discussions in courses such as LGBTQ Literary Traditions, Masculinity and Hollywood Film, and  Gender in Performance, among many others. See the full list below.


Requirements for a minor in gender and sexuality studies

Required Courses

GSS 210 Gender Studies 3
GSS 250 Sexuality Studies 3

Students must take a minimum of four courses from the following.                 *At least three must be at the 300-level or above

AIP 353 Masculinity and Hollywood Film 3
COMM 391 Gender, Sexuality and Media 3
EWL 130 LGBTQ Literary Traditions  3
EWL 134 Women’s Literary Traditions 3
GSS 350 Special Topics in Gender and Sexuality Studies 3
HIST 255 American Women’s History 3
HIST 308 Women and Gender in Modern Europe 3
HIST 356 Black Women in American History 3
HIST 372 Women and Family in Chinese History 3
IS 334 Gender and Development 3
PHIL 314 Women Philosophers of the Past 3
PHIL 408 Feminist Theories 3
PSYCH 311 Psychology of Women 3
PSYCH 319 Human Sexuality 3
RS 216 Religion and Sexuality 3
RS 228 Religion and Gender 3
SOC 213 Women, Society, and Culture 3
SOC 360 Queer Theory 3
SPAN 357 Hispanic Women Writers 3
THTR 327 Gender in Performance 3
Total Credits 18

Faces of MMC

  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1052-chelsea-hill-12"><img src="/live/image/gid/106/width/215/src_region/0,0,960,1280/8438_c_hill.rev.1453903364.jpg" alt="Chelsea Hill ’12" title="Chelsea Hill ’12" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The whole trajectory of my life/career changed after my first class in the GSS minor with Professor Guzman. It was like every single class I took for the minor completely changed my world view, and it wasn’t just me, I could feel the whole class being challenged and made better because of it. On the one hand it lifted the veil from my eyes to the many injustices of the world but on the other hand gave me the strength and drive to fight against them. Being in the Gender and Sexuality Studies program at MMC was an experience that totally changed my life and I couldn’t recommend it highly enough.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1052-chelsea-hill-12">Chelsea Hill ’12</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2012, Minor in <a href="/departments/gender-and-sexuality-studies-minor/index.php">Gender and Sexuality Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1687-jessica-rozycki"><img src="/live/image/gid/103/width/215/src_region/483,49,1350,916/13603_jessica_rozycki.rev.1467745758.jpg" alt="Jessica Rozycki " title="Jessica Rozycki " class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “IDS allowed me to explore interests and passions through independent studies, internships, and coursework that both challenged me and led me to building the curriculum I was proud to graduate with. Through my Interdisciplinary Studies curriculum at MMC, I was able to cultivate knowledge and experience in both my areas of personal and professional interest, including social and digital media, advocacy, and intersectionality among marginalized communities. Exploring the areas of Gender and Sexuality Studies has greatly contributed to my position as a Communications Associate in the LGBTQ+ nonprofit world by exposing me to different perspectives, identities, and societal issues that I come across in my job every day.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1687-jessica-rozycki">Jessica Rozycki </a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2016, Major in <a href="/departments/interdisciplinary-studies/">Interdisciplinary Studies</a>, “Gender and Sexuality Studies”</p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/1021-sarah-peterson-14"><img src="/live/image/gid/106/width/215/src_region/94,298,535,739/8393_s_peterson.rev.1453903356.jpg" alt="Sarah Peterson ’14" title="Sarah Peterson ’14" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “What you obtain through the GSS program is invaluable to your experience in an urban culture. Richer conversations, political insights, wider eyes—this minor makes you react. The conversations held in class were the most intricate, cathartic, and rewarding in my time at Marymount and the application of what you learn lives well beyond your undergraduate years.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/1021-sarah-peterson-14">Sarah Peterson ’14</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2014, Minor in <a href="/departments/gender-and-sexuality-studies-minor/index.php">Gender and Sexuality Studies</a></p></div>
  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2139-cody-gambino-17"><img src="/live/image/gid/106/width/215/src_region/0,0,663,614/16032_gambino_cody.rev.1505253889.jpg" alt="Cody Gambino ’17" title="Cody Gambino ’17" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “Taking on the GSS minor allowed me to fully realize the potential of my English and World Literatures major. I took theories and information that I learned across various classes in the minor and used that knowledge to inform my research and literary criticism i was writing in my major. I was able to hold my own in a class on 18th century literature and sexuality because of my knowledge of theories on gender and sexuality, I was able to conduct research and write a paper that explores the gender binary in literate because the GSS minor provided me with the tools necessary to supplement my major area of study. Gender and Sexuality is a part of everyday life and informs many of the decisions we make, whether we realize it or not, so it’s a good compliment to any area of study.”</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2139-cody-gambino-17">Cody Gambino ’17</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2017, Major in English and World Literatures</p></div>