Degree Requirements

The major in Gender & Sexuality Studies offers students a comprehensive understanding of the intersections between gender studies and sexuality studies across the humanities and social sciences and their relation to historical and contemporary feminist and LGBT activism.

In 2012 Gender & Sexuality Studies became a stand-alone major and introduced new major requirements. Students entering Northwestern in 2012 or thereafter, must follow these new requirements. Students who entered Northwestern before 2012 may choose to pursue the stand-alone major requirements or the earlier adjunct major requirements.

The minor allows students with an interest in Gender & Sexuality Studies to gain substantial exposure to the field while taking fewer courses than needed for the major. In addition, students often use the minor in Gender & Sexuality Studies to satisfy the “related courses” or “concentration” requirements of their WCAS, MEDILL or School of Communications major.

In 2012 Gender & Sexuality Studies introduced new minor requirements. Students entering Northwestern in 2012 or thereafter must follow these new minor requirements. Students who entered Northwestern before 2012 may choose to pursue either the old minor requirements or the new minor requirements.