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.


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


Gender Studies


Legal Studies

Modern Languages



Political Science



World Languages and Cultures

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

For more information, contact Christa Hodapp, program coordinator.