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Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) is an interdisciplinary field that explores the experiences of women and the many ways that gender works throughout everyone’s lives. Gender shapes our identities, how we are perceived socially and our opportunities in life.

At Northeastern Illinois University, we approach our studies through intersections of feminist, anti-racist, multicultural, global and ecological perspectives.  We examine how power is distributed and used along the intersections of race, class, gender, geography, age, abilities and sexualities.

We work together to create an environment of learning and passionate commitment to social justice.  Women’s and Gender Studies is not just about learning facts and theories, but also about praxis—using our knowledge to become practitioners, researchers, learners, leaders and activists.  We work to develop and implement meaningful social change within the university and beyond.

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Degree Requirements 

Women’s and Gender Studies Minor (21 Credit Hours)
All WGS minors must complete two core courses (6 credit hours) and five electives (15 credit hours) from our approved cross-listed courses. Electives must be chosen from at least two different academic departments for a total of 21 credit hours.


Required Core Courses
6 credits
Women’s Perspective and Values
3 credits
Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies
3 credits
Approved WGS Electives/Cross-listed courses from at least two departments
15 credits
21 credits

Careers & Employment 

This degree emphasizes the value of diversity, relationships and coalition building, preparing graduates to listen, to communicate across differences in background and viewpoint, to analyze reports and to respond openly to change.  These are all skills that will allow you to pursue successful careers in many fields: teaching and school administration; social services; law enforcement; counseling; community organizations; communication; business and marketing; human resources and management; services and hospitality industries; and in healthcare fields such as nursing, medicine, pharmacy and administration. For more information, visit Northeastern's Career Development Center and the National Women’s Studies Association.

Program Contact Information 

Northeastern Illinois University
Room LWH 2096
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625-4699
Monday - Friday
(9:00am - 5:00 pm)

Telephone: (773) 442-4550
Fax: (773) 442-4900
TTY-TTD (Typewriter telephone for the hearing impaired): (773) 442-4999 (incoming only)

Nancy Matthews, Program Coordinator, x4791
Office Administrator, x4550


Empowering Students Computer Lab

Want to work on a paper, finish an assignment or check your email in a friendly, supportive and comfortable computer lab?  Students are welcome to use our Empowering Students Computer Lab, located in the WGS/AFAM/LLAS office in Room LWH 2096. 

Student Clubs

The Feminist Collective and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance are student clubs that are closely related to the WGS Program.  Explore other clubs through the Office of Student Leadership and Development.


The Women's and Gender Studies Program sponsors events that promote its mission and enrich the University community.  We often co-sponsor events with other campus programs that share our values and mission. 

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