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 please contact: Carol Hay, Assistant Professor of Philosophy 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

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
42.395 Special Topics in English: Medieval Women Writers
42.395 Special Topics in English: Visual Rhetoric


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
43.338 War and Memory in Twentieth Century France
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


HON.320 Seminar: Special Topics in Honors

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