University Catalogues

Minor in Gender and Sexuality Studies

The Gender and Sexuality Studies program provides students the opportunity to study how gender structures our lives, ideas, institutions, society, and cultural practices. As an interdisciplinary program, Gender and Sexuality Studies combines the analytic tools of different disciplines, incorporating both practical and theoretical approaches to understanding how gender functions. The program also addresses how differences in racial, ethnic, class and sexual identity structure the complex nature of gender-based inequity, injustice, and systematic oppression of women.

Course Title Credits
Required Courses
Select four of the following: 1
American Icons
Passing in American Literature
Women in Literature
Women and Film
Wonder Women
The Male Image in American Film
LGBQ American Literature
Transgender American Literature
The Television Industry
The Developing World
Gender & Politics Worldwide
Fashion Film and Food in South Asia
Women and Gender in South Asia
U.S. Women's History
Sex, Gender, and Power
Sex and American Culture
Gender and the Law
Race and the Law
Managing Diversity in the Workplace
Feminist Theory
Abnormal Psychology
Nonverbal Behavior and Judging Others
Gender Psychology
Race and Racism in the United States
Self, Diversity and Society
Total Credits12

Other courses offered in a particular semester may also count toward the Gender and Sexuality Studies minor.  Students can check with the Gender and Sexuality Studies minor coordinator for more information.

Policies Related to Minors

  • Some major/minor/major combinations are prohibited. See the major/minor/major exclusions list for more information.
  • Courses taken to fulfill a minor can be applied as arts and sciences electives, unrestricted electives or Context and Perspectives courses. Courses fulfilling Business Dynamics or Business Environment requirements can only apply to the Business Administration minor.  
  • Courses fulfilling Foundations for Success requirements may not be applied to a minor.
  • The electives guide defines all classes designated as Arts and Sciences and Business. A business course can apply to an unrestricted elective requirement but cannot serve as an arts and science elective.  Students are strongly encouraged to maintain an awareness of where courses taken for a minor apply to their degree requirements.
  • Courses used to fulfill the modern language requirement for BA students cannot be applied to a minor.
  • A course taken under the Pass/Fail/D policy may be applied to the minor.
  • Major courses (including courses applied to the Business Administration major) may not be applied to a minor.
  • Students may apply only one course not taken at Bentley (from sources such as transfer, IB, AP, course away, non-Bentley study abroad program, etc.) to the minor.
  • Students may only complete a maximum of three minors including the required Business Administration minor
  • A single course may only apply to one minor.
  • To be awarded a minor, students must achieve a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the minor. See the exception for the Business Administration Minor below.
  • A minor may not be declared after a student has been awarded their bachelor's degree.
  • Please note: some courses have prerequisites that must be completed before beginning the minor and some minor requirements/electives have prerequisites that must be completed.

Policy on Business Administration Minor

All students will automatically be enrolled in a Business Administration minor. In order to graduate with a designated minor, a student must earn a 2.00 GPA for the courses comprising the minor. All Bentley students are required to successfully complete the courses for the Business Administration minor (grade of D- or above), no matter what major(s) they select, as part of their requirements. Students who pass the required courses for the Business Administration minor, but do not meet the minimum required 2.00 GPA, will have the minor removed as a program of study prior to being awarded an undergraduate degree.