Interdisciplinary Programs & Minors

Gender Studies Minor

Gender affects everything in our lives: personal relationships, job opportunities, worldview, economic conditions, self-esteem, safety, etc. In our program, students learn how ideas about gender shape our knowledge of the world and our experience of everyday life. Gender Studies courses explore how research on gender [and its intersection with race, class, sexual orientation, age, and culture] has transformed our understanding of social institutions, human behavior, cultural expression, and intellectual inquiry.

The Gender Studies Program at University of Massachusetts Lowell is offered by the College of Arts and Sciences: Division of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences, but any University of Massachusetts Lowell student can participate. Our curriculum is comprised of a wide range of designated courses in these departments: Criminology & Justice Studies, Cultural Studies, Economics, English, History, Legal Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, ESDR, and Sociology. Students create an individualized program to match their interests and career goals.

For assistance or information: Dr. Andrea Dottolo, Psychology Department and Director of Gender Studies.

Minor Requirements 

The Gender Studies minor requires 18-24 credits in designated interdisciplinary courses. 6 credits must be taken at the 300 level or above. Gender Studies minors may also take courses within their major and designate them for the Gender Studies minor provided that the total number of credits in their major does not exceed 45 of the 120-credit minimum required for graduation. 

Bachelor of Liberal Arts Concentration

A Bachelor of Liberal Arts concentration in Gender Studies requires 24-30 credit hours in designated interdisciplinary courses. At least half of these courses must be taken at the 300 level or above.

For more information on the program visit Gender Studies or email:


Required Course

GNDR.240 - Introduction to Gender Studies
is a required course for all students in the minor.

Gender Studies Courses

The following courses are approved for the Gender Studies Minor. Please note that new courses are approved each semester, and not all of the courses below are offered every semester. 

Course descriptions may be found in the undergraduate catalog by linking to the appropriate department.

NOTE: The prefix for Introduction to Gender Studies (#240) varies according to the department in which it is taught.

American Studies
40.270 - Women in American History

Legal Studies
41.376 - Family Law

41.381 - Women & the Law

42.240 - Literature and Women
42.241 - Women and Film 
42.243 - Contemporary Women Writers
42.244 - Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
42.246 - Gay/Lesbian Literature
42.257 - The Family in Literature 
42.328 - Writing About Women
42.335 - American Women Novelists
42.342 - Women Writers and the Past
42.345 - British Women Novelists

43.207 - Women in China
43.228 - Women in European History
43.270 - Women in American History
43.301 - The World of Things: Consumer Culture in the Modern West
43.319 - Women, Gender and Science
43.380 - Work and Society
43.385 - Kennedy Presidential Politics

Criminology & Justice Studies  
44.360 - Gender, Race, and Crime
44.422 - Victimology
44.477 - Intimate Partner Violence

45.306 - Feminist Theory Politics
45.360 - The Goddess in World Religion
45.367 - Feminism and Liberalism
45.375 - Philosophy of Sex and Love

Political Science
46.220 - Gender and Politics
46.225 - Gender, Culture & Politics
46.230 - Law and the Legal System
46.320 - Gender Law and Politics
46.325 - Terrorism Seminar
46.326 - Gender, Law, and Politics
46.327 - Dynamics of Sexual Politics
46.330 - Political Society and Technology Alternatives Seminar
46.336 - Privacy and Politics
46.402 - Women in Islam
46.406 - The Politics of Identity in the Middle East

47.335 - Psychology and Women
47.351 - Human Sexuality
47.523 - Women in the Community

48.225 - Sociology of Disability
48.231 - Sociology of the Family
48.240 - Sociology of Gender
48.242 - Introduction to Gender Studies
48.305 - Sociology of Family Law
48.362 - Social Welfare Policy
48.370 - Women in Society
48.405 - Feminist Methodologies
48.410 - Seminar on Sex and Gender
Modern Languages
50.378 - Women in French Cinema

Cultural Studies
52.330 - Italian Women Writers
54.335 - Spanish Women Writers in Translation
58.340 - Women & Art
58.345 - Pre-Raphaelite Art

Economic and Social Development of Regions
57.353 - Managing Workforce Diversity
57.420 - Gender, Work and Public Policy
57.504 - Gender Differences at Work
57.525 - Gender, Work and Public Policy

74.103 - Gender Issues in Music
74.455 - Women in Music

79.380 - Understanding Movies: Cinema as Social Commentary

Gender Studies
GNDR.200 - Special Topics in Gender Studies (200-level)
GNDR.240 - Introduction to Gender Studies
GNDR.300 - Special Topics in Gender Studies (300-level)
GNDR.301 - Gay and Lesbian Studies
GNDR.401 - Practicum
GNDR.410 - Directed Studies (400-level)
GNDR.490 - Seminar in Gender Studies

Other Interdisciplinary Courses
59.239 - Introduction to Gender Studies
59.240 - Introduction to Gender Studies
59.307 - Gender Issues in 19th Century American Literature and Popular Culture
59.308 - Gender Issues in 20th Century American Literature and Popular Culture
59.310 - Gender Violence in the United States
59.311 - Men, Women, & the Military
59.312 - Issues in Human Reproduction
59.322 - Gender, Work & Family
59.340 - Women in Art
59.345 - Pre-Raphaelite Art

Course Listing Gender Studies