Gender & Sexuality Studies Graduate Minor

Description: The graduate minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies specializes in the examination of gender; gender identity; queer and transgender studies; feminisms; and social justice from interdisciplinary perspectives. Students develop a strong understanding of how interconnected social formations such as race, class, age, nation, citizenship, ability, and other categories of difference are constructed and intersect with gender and sexuality. The graduate minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies offers students a documented emphasis in their academic training in the field of Gender and Sexuality Studies. The graduate minor allows students to acquire specialized knowledge through the interdisciplinary curriculum offered by Gender and Sexuality Studies and to integrate theoretical perspectives and methodologies from Gender and Sexuality Studies into diverse academic fields. Our courses equip students with analytical skills and knowledge to engage power structures critically and transform lives and communities.

We offer a plan of study that integrates humanities and social sciences methods and objects of study, including areas of concentration such as human rights and transnational migration; socially engaged literature, film, and other creative media; and transnational and anti-colonial methodologies. The graduate minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies complements many advanced degree programs at NMSU including Anthropology, Art, Biology, Business Administration, Chemistry, Clinical and Mental Health Counseling, Communication Studies, Creative Writing, Criminal Justice, Curriculum and Instruction, Economics, Education, English, Government, History, Psychology, Public Health Sciences, Social Work, Sociology, Spanish, and others.

Gender and Sexuality Studies students prepare for careers in such fields as advocacy and social organizing, community development, creative writing, criminal justice, education, filmmaking and video production, health care, human resources, journalism, law, music production, social services, and visual arts. Many students declare a graduate minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies to enhance career opportunities and learning.

Course Delivery Methods: Our graduate minor is part of a robust program designed to incorporate traditional face-to-face instruction and the technological innovations of online instruction. Degree requirements for the Gender & Sexuality Studies major, minor, and graduate minor can be completed face-to-face or online (online courses are offered through Canvas, a cloud-based Learning Management System). Many of our electives are taught both online and face-to-face during fall and spring semesters. All Summer courses are taught online.

Departmental requirements for our program of study can be completed on campus and online. Since all core required Gender and Sexuality Studies courses are offered online, the entire degree can be completed as a distance education degree program by working with branch campuses and the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support.

Note: Women’s Studies has changed its name to Gender & Sexuality Studies. Its course prefix (W S) currently remains the same but will eventually change. Many course titles will be changing as well to reflect the broader focus on genders and sexualities. 

Master’s and Doctoral minor candidates: 

Required Core Course  
W S571 Advanced Seminar in Feminist Theory (Taught Online Each Fall Semester) 3

For a Master’s Degree minor candidate:

6 additional credit hours from upper level Gender & Sexuality Studies courses or courses cross-listed with Gender & Sexuality Studies and other departments/programs are required. (9 credit hours total)

For a Doctoral Degree minor candidate:

9 additional credit hours from upper level Gender & Sexuality Studies courses or courses cross-listed with Gender & Sexuality Studies and other departments/programs are required. (12 credit hours total)

List of Graduate Courses:

W S 450. Special Topics

3 Credits

The topic of course will vary and will be indicated by subtitle. May be cross-listed with relevant courses at the 400-level from any specific department. May be repeated under different subtitle(s).

W S 451. Women’s Studies Practicum

3 Credits

Supervised field work in community setting relating to women. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

W S 453. Women and Politics

3 Credits

Crosslisted with: GOVT 353

W S 454. Women Crossing Borders

3 Credits

Experiences of women who cross class, race, cultural, national, or sexual borders including theories regarding women’s Interactions across borders. Emphasis will vary with professor and discipline.

W S 455. Feminist Research Methodologies

3 Credits

Study of feminist methodologies, covering transnational decolonizing Indigenous, Chicana feminist approaches to research, such as storytelling, narrative, testimonio, platica, research-based art, performed ethnography and participatory action research. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

W S 461. Women s Studies: Independent Study

3 Credits

Individual study of selected topic and writing of research paper. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

W S 465. Sex, Gender and the Body

3 Credits

Examines forces at work in defining and differentiating gender, race, sexuality. How ideas about what is ‘natural’ and ‘normal’ for men and women shifted over time. Considers different discourses shaping embodied experiences and categories of identity.

Prerequisite(s): None.

W S 468. Global Sexualities

3 Credits

Generates a global context to focus on sexual identity and orientation, sexual identity politics, romantic relationships, patterns of sexual behavior, sexual regulation and the impact of different cultures on individual sexualities. Taught with W S 568. Crosslisted with: SOC 468

W S 471. Seminar in Feminist Theory

3 Credits

Current feminist theory. Topic changes by semester. Course subtitled in the Schedule of Classes. Prerequisite: None

W S 474. Gender in East Asian History

3 Credits

Same as HIST 474.

W S 482. Gender and Popular Culture

3 Credits

Intensive study of the representations of gender in popular culture. Examines the historical, aesthetic, and cultural contexts of these representation and the various critical and theoretical lenses we use to understand them.Repeatable under different subtitles. May be repeated up to 99 credits.

W S 484. Women’s Literature

3 Credits

Intensive study of literature by women, in particular historical, aesthetic, cultural, or intellectual contexts. Repeatable under different subtitles. Crosslisted with: ENGL 481

W S 501. Advanced Women & Immigration

3 Credits (3)

Advanced exploration of historical and contemporary immigration processes in/to the U.S. that are shaped by gendered dynamics, societal structures, and the socio-economic conditions that impact immigrant women. Examines how immigrant women use their agency and resistance to overcome exploitative circumstances, and the restraints of immigration laws and policies that impact individual, communal and societal change.

W S 502. Advanced Transnational Feminisms

3 Credits (3)

Advanced analysis of dimensions of gender, race, class, and sexuality in conjunction with nationalisms, anti-capitalist struggles, religious fundamentalism, militarism, globalization, eco-critique, and the politics of resistance and social movements.

W S 503. Advanced Gender & Horror

3 Credits (3)

Advanced analysis of anxieties and crises through the genre of horror as they relate to issues of gender, sexuality, feminism, and race. Traces ways horror films represent and reconfigure notions of sexuality and gender and ways they reinforce and/or challenge social norms.

W S 504. Advanced Arab-Muslim Feminisms

3 Credits

Advanced study of historical and contemporary arab-muslim feminisms and homosexuality in Islam. Explores and uses critical feminist theories, language, and methods to counter interlocking discourses of Islamophobia, gendering, and homophobia affecting arab-muslim women.

W S 505. Advanced Alternative Genders and Sexualities

3 Credits

Advanced study of the academic fields of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender (GLBT) and Queer Studies. Examines academic texts as well as literature and film from different historical moments and social/ global sites.

W S 506. Advanced Women and Human Rights

3 Credits

Advanced analysis of human rights violations and injustices as they relate to the lives of girls and women. Intensive examination of international political, legal, economic and socio-cultural implications of violence that target women and girls. Focusing on different countries, explores social, political, economic, and human rights.

W S 507. Advanced Gender and Graphic Narrative

3 Credits

Advanced examination of graphic novels that disrupt stereotypical ideas about genre, gender, race, class sexuality, as well as common notions about comics. Considers texts that address underrepresented experiences.

W S 508. Advanced Food Representation

3 Credits

Advanced examination of contemporary food writing as a way to study identity, social structures, and notions of acceptability. Intensive exploration of how constructions of food shape bodies, desires, and notions of belonging.

W S 511. Advanced Gender and Migration

3 Credits

Advanced exploration of multiple experiences of forced migration and displacement. Intensive examination of violence, structural dislocation, neoliberalism, globalization, economic collapse and civil war. Discusses local, regional and global responses to creating meaningful change in communities most affected by migration.

W S 512. Advanced Gender and Film Studies

3 Credits

Advanced study of the shifting cultural and theoretical meanings of gender and sexuality across a variety of film genres while also analyzing the role of formal film elements in shaping representation and reception.

W S 520. Advanced Girls, Women & Crime

3 Credits (3)

Advanced critical social science analysis of concepts of violence and justice as experienced by women impacted by the criminal justice system. Crosslisted with: C J 520

W S 533. Advanced Issues in Women, Gender, and Culture

3 Credits

Same as ANTH 533.

W S 550. Special Topics

3 Credits

The topic of course will vary and will be indicated by subtitle. May be cross-listed with relevant courses at the 500-level from any specific department. May be repeated under different subtitle(s).

W S 554. Advanced Issues in Women Crossing Borders

3 Credits

Experiences of women who cross class, race, cultural, national, or sexual borders including theories regarding women’s interactions across borders.

W S 555. Advanced Feminist Research Methodologies

3 Credits

Advanced study of feminist methodologies, covering transnational decolonizing Indigenous, Chicana feminist approaches to research, such as storytelling, narrative, testimonio, plática, research-based art, performed ethnography and participatory action research. May be repeated up to 3 credits.

W S 561. Independent Graduate Research in Women’s Studies

3 Credits

Individual study of selected topics and writing of a research paper. May be repeated for a maximum of 6 credits. Graded S/U.

Prerequisite: consent of instructor.

W S 565. Advanced Sex, Gender & the Body

3 Credits (3)

Advanced examination of forces at work in defining and differentiating gender, race, sexuality. How ideas about what is ‘natural’ and ‘normal’ for men and women shifted over time. Considers different discourses shaping embodied experiences and categories of identity.

W S 567. Global Sexualities

3 Credits

Generates a global context to focus on sexual identity and orientation, sexual identity politics, romantic relationships, patterns of sexual behavior, sexual regulation and the impact of different cultures on individual sexualities. Taught with W S 468. Crosslisted with: SOC 568

W S 571. Advanced Seminar in Feminist Theory

3 Credits

Current feminist theory. Topic changes by semester. Course subtitled in the Schedule of Classes.

W S 574. Gender in East Asian History

3 Credits

Same as HIST 474 with differentiated assignments for graduate students. Required for graduate credit.

W S 582. Gender and Popular Culture

3 Credits

Intensive study of the representations of gender in popular culture. Examines the historical, aesthetic, and cultural contexts of these representation and the various critical and theoretical lenses we use to understand them. Repeatable under different subtitles. Crosslisted with: ENGL 582

W S 584. Women’s Literature

3 Credits

Intensive study of literature by women, in particular historical, aesthetic, cultural, or intellectual contexts. Repeatable under different subtitles. Crosslisted with: ENGL 581