Interdisciplinary Programs & Minors

Gender Studies Minor

The Gender Studies program offers an interdisciplinary minor in the College of Fine Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at UMass Lowell. Gender Studies may also be taken as a concentration in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts major. Fields of study include Art History, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, History, Legal Studies, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. These courses are broadly formulated to examine how gender inequality affects the lives of both men and women and how social constructions of gender shape our lives. These courses examine the contributions that research on gender and feminist scholarship have made to our understanding of social institutions, human behavior, cultural expression, and intellectual inquiry.

Students who minor in Gender Studies will develop their critical thinking and communication skills as they explore this exciting field by bringing together concepts from a variety of academic disciplines.

For more information contact Prof. Carol Hay, Director, Gender Studies Program,


The Gender Studies minor requires 18 to 24 credits in designated interdisciplinary courses, with six credits taken at the 3000 level or above. Gender Studies may also be taken as a concentration in the Bachelor of Liberal Arts major. Students may 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. 

All Gender Studies minors who matriculate by Fall 2011 will be required to take Introduction to Gender Studies.

Please note that new courses are approved each semester, and not all of the courses below are offered every semester.

Asian American Studies

  • ASAM.2120 Introduction to Asian American Studies

Criminal Justice

  • CRIM.3600 Gender, Race, and Crime
  • CRIM.4220 Victimology
  • CRIM.4770 Intimate Partner Violence 
  • ENGL.2400 Literature and Women
  • ENGL.2410 Women and Film
  • ENGL.2420 The Heroine in Modern Fiction
  • ENGL.2430 Contemporary Women Writers
  • ENGL.2440 Women in the Middle Ages and Renaissance
  • ENGL.2460 Gay/Lesbian Literature
  • ENGL.2570 The Family in Literature
  • ENGL.3280 Writing About Women
  • ENGL.3350 American Women Novelists
  • ENGL.3420 Women Writers and the Past
  • ENGL.3450 British Women Novelists
  • ENGL.3950 Special topics in English-Medieval Women Writers
  • ENGL.3950 Special Topics in English-Visual Rhetoric
  • ENGL.4010 Selected Authors: Jane Austen and George Eliot

Gender Studies

  • GNDR.2000 Special Topics in Gender Studies
  • GNDR.2400 Introduction to Gender Studies
  • GNDR.3000 Special Topics in Gender Studies
  • GNDR.3010 Gay and Lesbian Studies
  • GNDR.4100 Directed Studies
  • GNDR.4010 Practicum
  • GNDR.4900 Seminar in Gender Studies


  • HIST.2070 Women in China
  • HIST.2280 Women in European History
  • HIST.2700 Women in American History
  • HIST.3010 The World of Things: Consumer Culture in the Modern West
  • HIST.3380 War and Memory in Twentieth Century France
  • HIST.3800 Work and Society

Legal Studies 

  • LGST.3810 Women & the Law
  • LGST.3760 Family Law

Modern Languages

  • WLFR.3780 Women in French Cinema


  • MUHI.1030 Gender Issues in Music


  • PHIL.3060 Feminist Theory and Politics
  • PHIL.3670 Feminism and Liberalism
  • PHIL.3750 Philosophy of Sex & Love
  • PHIL.3850 Philosophy of Popular Culture

Political Science

  • POLI.2250 Gender, Culture, and Politics
  • POLI.3260 Gender, Law, and Politics
  • POLI.3270 Dynamics of Sexual Politics
  • POLI.3360 Privacy and Politics
  • POLI.4020 Women in Islam


  • PSYC.3350 Psychology and Women
  • PSYC.3510 Human Sexuality


  • SOCI.2250 Sociology of Disability
  • SOCI.2310 Sociology of the Family
  • SOCI.2400 Sociology of Gender
  • SOCI.3050 Sociology of Family Law
  • SOCI.3620 Social Welfare Policy
  • SOCI.3700 Women in Society
  • SOCI.4050 Feminist Methodologies 

World Languages and Cultures

  • WLIT.3300 Italian Women Writers
  • WLSP.3350 Spanish Women Writers in Translation
  • ARHI.3400 Women & Art
Other Interdisciplinary Courses
  • FAHS.3070 Gender Issues in 19th Cent. Amer. Lit. and Popular Culture
  • FAHS.3080 Gender Issues in 20th Cent. Amer. Lit. and Popular Culture
  • FAHS.3100 Gender Violence in the United States
  • FAHS.3110 Men, Women, & the Military
  • FAHS.3120 Issues in Human Reproduction
  • FAHS.3220 Gender, Work & Family