Program at a glance

How much does it cost? 

Learn more about how to afford a degree from the University of Nevada, Reno.

How long does it take?

This minor is designed to be completed with any major in four years.

How do I apply?

Open to all undergraduate students. Applicants must have a high-school diploma or GED. Learn how to apply.

What will I learn in a women's studies minor?

This interdisciplinary program provides you with an understanding of women in historical and contemporary contexts and an exploration of gender as it influences scholarship and human relations. The program is multicultural, emphasizing the intersection of race, class, sexuality, gender and ethnicity. 

You will analyze contributions women have made throughout history as well as their omission from traditional approaches to scholarship and centers of power. You'll also study contemporary issues concerning gender and sexual orientation in culture and society.

You will:

  • Consider the intersections of race, class, sexuality, gender and ethnicity
  • Compare and analyze male and female gender roles in family and society
  • Study gender as it influences scholarship and human relations
  • Explore the contributions of women to history, literature and academia
  • Examine the power dynamics between genders from global issues to personal relationships
  • Encourage critical thinking and new perspectives on the role of women in society

The minor is offered by the Department of Gender, Race and Identity in the College of Liberal Arts. The department offers degree programs that explore inequality and social justice to prepare graduates for careers in public advocacy, politics, education and more. 

Professors in the Department of Gender, Race and Identity represent a variety of academic disciplines and bring and interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research that focuses on better understanding the diverse range of human experiences. 

Careers with a minor in women's studies

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

76% of students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive some kind of aid. We offer need-based and merit-based forms of financial aid to help you afford college.

54% of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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At the University of Nevada, Reno Honors College, our students maximize their unique gifts and passions through a series of personalized experiences that deepen their capacity for transformative societal impact.

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