This interdisciplinary minor provides an academic forum for the examination of gender and sexuality in contemporary and historical global cultures. It pursues the academic study not only of sexual diversity but also of masculinity and femininity as culturally and historically contingent phenomena. Hence, it appeals to an increasingly diverse student population at UWG, including members of the GLBTQ community. The minor attracts students who actively seek a comfortable, healthy, academic environment to examine and discuss issues relevant to their self-definition and everyday lives. It also creates a broad and formalized academic forum for educating the entire student population and the greater Carrollton community about diversity in gender identity and sexual orientation.

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  • Overview

    Minor Requirements

    The minor requires 15 credit hours, of which no more than 6 hours can be at the 2000 level and of which at least 3 hours must be at the 4000 level.

    Required Course: XIDS 2100: Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies (3 hours)

    Electives: 12 hours (three of these hours must be taken in AT LEAST two different disciplines). Electives must be approved by the program director. 

    To declare a minor, please see Ms. Alice Gunter in Cobb Hall 107.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus


    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required:

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.


    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid's website for more information.

  • Courses


    The following is a list of courses currently approved for the minor.  Not all courses are offered every semester.


    XIDS 2100: Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
    XIDS 2100: Sex and the City: Berlin, Vienna, New York
    XIDS 2100: Women in Twentieth Century Germany
    XIDS 2100: Turn of the Century German and Austrian Culture
    XIDS 2100: Sex and Society in Fiction and Film
    ENGL 4185: Studies in Literature by Women (American): Women on the Road
    ENGL 4185: Literature by Women: The Sign of Angellica: The Female Body (Politic) and British Women Writers
    FREN 3210: Topics in French Literature: La voix féminine à travers les âges
    FREN 4210: French Literature and Film: La femme transgressive
    GRMN 4785: Special Topics in German: Sex, Gender, and Nation in German Literature
    GRMN 4785: Special Topics in German: Gender and German Film (also FILM 4081)
    HIST 4467: Women in American History Since 1877
    HIST 4468: Women in American History to 1877
    PHIL 4240: Philosophy of Friendship and Love
    PHIL 4381: Feminist Theories
    PSYC 4085: Sexuality and Spirituality
    SOCI 3603: Sociology of Gender

    • ENGL-4185 - Studies in Literature by Women

      An investigation of aesthetic and cultural issues pertinent to the production of literature by women. Typical offerings will rotate among topics related to literature by women in the United States, the British Isles, or other parts of the world. May be repeated for credit as topic varies.

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    • FREN-3210 - Topics in French Literature

      An introduction to the analysis of French literature through the study of selected text and authors of major French literary movements. The focus of the course may vary from the thematic approach to a study of literary genres.

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    • FREN-4210 - French Literature and Film

      A comparative approach to the study of French literature and its cinematic adaptation and/or a thematic approach to selected literary texts and films.

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    • PHIL-4240 - Philosophy of Friendship and Love

      The aim of this course is to examine critically the historical theories of friendship and love through examining important primary philosophical texts; to explore what it means to love and how such notions of love and friendship changed throughout the centuries; to grasp the value and meaning of friendship and love as social and personal elements; and to recognize the historical nature of definitions and questions of friendship and love.

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    • PHIL-4381 - Independent Study

      Guided investigation of a topic not addressed by regularly scheduled courses. Students must propose a detailed plan of readings, articulating precise learning objectives, and secure the written consent of both a supervising instructor and of the department chair. Not more than two (2) Independent Study courses may count toward the major in Philosophy without the chair's permission.

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    • PSYC-4085 - Horizon Seminar

      A special series of topical seminars meant to explore subjects at the leading edge of contemporary psychology, which are of special interest to students and faculty. May be repeated for credit up to a maximum of 12 hours.

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    • XIDS-2100 - Arts and Ideas: Special Topics

      This course is an overview of the interdependent and interdevelopmental character of movements in the arts and historical/philosophical ideas. The course may be team-taught with a multivariable format which includes lecture-discussion, open discussion among the instructors, tapes, and presentations.

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  • Objectives
    1. Identify and describe how gendered and sexual codes are utilized in cultural texts from diverse cultures and historical periods.
    2. Demonstrate the ability to use critical thinking skills to interrogate cultural assumptions regarding gender and sexuality.
    3. Demonstrate an awareness of prevailing theories used to analyze gender and sexuality in the humanities.
    4. Analyze and evaluate, orally and in writing, gender and sexual codes through a diverse set of lenses, including race, class, sexual orientation, and/or ethnicity.