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Gender, Race, and Nation Minor

The Gender, Race, and Nation minor introduces students to a range of feminist scholarship on the intersection of gender with the concepts of race/ethnicity and nation. Courses examine race/ethnicity in contexts that are local, transnational, or both, and analyze the ways in which gender, race, and nation are constituted with and against each other. Students examine how these constructions operate in discourses, institutions, politics, societies, and individual lives, past and present. The minor can be tailored toward an international or domestic emphasis, but topics are likely to include the changing boundaries of race, gender, and nation; differential relations among nations; histories of imperialism, colonialism, and globalization; and postcolonial resistance and theory.


The Gender, Race, and Nation minor requires students to take five courses totalling at least 15 credits. Students are encouraged to consult with a department advisor for additional information, and should consult the worksheet for minor requirements when planning their program. 

Foundational Course

All minors are required to take a foundational course, which introduces them to major themes of feminist scholarship pertaining to race, gender, and nation. 

Students choose one of the following to fulfill this requirement: 

  • Women's and Gender Studies 240: Introduction to Women's Studies
  • Women's and Gender Studies 250: Race, Gender, and Nation

Feminist Theory

Minors are required to take a course in that broadens their understanding of major debates and intellectual conversations in the field of feminst theory. 

Students choose one of the following to fulfill this requirement: 

  • Women's Studies 330: Feminist Thought
  • Women's Studies 422/Political Science 401: Feminist Political Theory


Electives are used to fulfill the remaining requirements of the minor. At least two electives must be upper-level courses, with at least one at the 400 level. 

Please consult the links to the right for information about which courses count towards this requirement. 

A Note Regarding LSA Minor Policies

Students may use only one course to meet requirements for both a major and minor. Courses in the minor may, however, be used for LSA distribution requirements (SS, HU, etc.). Please see the LSA policies on academic minors for more information.