• Overview

    In this interdisciplinary program, students look at the culturally constructed idea of sex difference in different contexts and the way gender and sexuality are renegotiated over time. Students explore the history of feminist thought and action; men’s studies; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender studies; and queer theory. Learn more about the Gender Studies program.


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School. Those majoring in Liberal Arts (BA or BS, Liberal Arts) can also explore Gender Studies as a guided area of study.


    Only specific courses satisfy requirements of the minor, including electives. All of the courses that count toward the minor can be found in the Lang Course Finder. Courses should be chosen carefully, in consultation with the Gender Studies program director. Credit for internships requires approval of the Gender Studies director. Students must receive grades of B or better in all courses taken to fulfill minor requirements.

    Number of Courses Required Courses Credits
    2 Foundational courses 8
    3 Electives. Of these, at least two must be 2000-level or higher 9-12
    1 Senior Capstone 4
    Total courses: 5 Electives. Of these, at least two must be 2000-level or higher Total credits: 21-24

    Students must receive a grade of C or better in every course used to fulfill area-of-study requirements. If you take a course in fall 2017 that is not included in this list and believe it should count toward your minor, please contact the Gender Studies program director.

  • Foundational Courses (6-8 credits)

    Foundational courses offer overviews of gender studies from a variety of perspectives, including cultural studies, history, and sociology. Some selections may be upper-level classes. Fall 2017 courses that fulfill this requirement are:

    NSOS 3800 Foundations of Gender Studies
    LSOC 2055 Gender, Social Inequality, and Cultural Work
    LHIS 2210 Gender, Race, and Citizenship 

    Electives (9-12 credits)

    Check back here or visit the Lang Course Finder in early November for spring 2018 courses that count toward the elective requirement. Courses designated as Foundational or advanced courses designated for the Capstone experience may also count toward the elective requirement if the Foundational and Capstone requirements have already been satisfied.

    Below is a sampling of fall 2017 courses. See the Lang Course Finder for spring 2018 courses.

    FALL 2017

    APHT 3102 Queer Art History
    LCST 2049 Movie Kids: Childhood in Film
    LCST 2502 Foucault and His Legacy
    LCST 3413 Textiles and Textures
    LCST 3706 Feminism After New Media
    LHIS 3000 Political and Social Change: 60s
    LINA 3039 Reproduction, Art, and Politics
    LINA 3130 Vogue'ology
    LPOL 2002 Law and Sexuality
    LLSL 2017 Gender of Modernism
    LLSL 3096 Love in the Middle Ages
    LMUS 2028 Music and Gender
    LPHI 2775 Philosophy and Literature
    LREL 2000 Spiritual Autobiography
    LREL 2070 Hebrew Bible: Tales of Rebellion
    LVIS 2025 Feminism and the Arts
    NANT 3655 Labels, Categories, Names
    NARH 3487 Art of Keith Haring
    NFDS 3401 Eating Identities: Food, Gender, and Race 
    NFLM 3008 The F Word: Feminism in Film
    NFLM 3492 World Cinema: Bollywood
    NLIT 3290 Agatha Christie
    NLIT 3338 Gender and Genre: Early Modern Women and Men Write Each Other
    NSOC 3860 Sociology of Deviance
    PLFS 2025 Fashion and Masculinity
    PLSD 3020 A Home Is (Not) a House
    PSAM 3091 Sex Ed
    UGLB 2350 Race and Gender in the Global City 
    UGLB 3314 Global Gender and Sexuality

    Capstone Experience (3-4 credits)

    Students can satisfy their capstone experience requirement as follows:

    1. A capstone thesis in the major may count toward the Gender Studies minor if it contains significant gender and/or sexuality content.
    2. Independent study on an approved topic with a full-time faculty member.
    3. Advanced undergraduate or graduate-level class open to undergraduates:
    • GHIS 5302 The New Historia
    • NINT 5346 Mobility and Forced Migration
    • NURP 5111 Health Policy and Politics
    • NMDS 5117 Gender, Culture, and Media
    • PLFS 4003 Early Modern Fashion
    • PSAM 4849 Picturing Sexuality
    • PSAM 4855 Queer Visuality
    • PSDS 5401 Critical Fashion and Social Justice 

  • Requirements Worksheet

    Students can track their progress using the program requirement worksheet for the year in which they declared their minor in Gender Studies: