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Women, Gender and Public Policy Minor

Drive change in issues that disproportionately impact women’s lives. Prepare to engage in a career that leads meaningful change for women, and gain the tools to build more inclusive spaces for engagement in public policy. 



Offered in partnership with the department of Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, students examine feminist perspectives for creating and implementing public policies aimed at improving women’s lives. 


  • WGSST 1110: Gender, Sex & Power 

Choose one from the following list:

  • WGSST majors must take PUBAFRS 2110: Introduction to Public Affairs 

  • Public Affairs majors must take WGSST 2550: History of Feminist Thought

  • Students from other majors can choose either of the above courses

Students must take three elective courses.

Choose at least one course from the following list:

  • WGSST 2325: Health and Inequality
  • WGSST 2350: Feminist Perspectives on Women and Violence
  • WGSST 3200: Breaking the Law — An Introduction to Gender Justice
  • WGSST 3300.01S: Feminist Perspectives of Incarceration in the U.S. 
  • WGSST 3302: Gender, War and Peacebuilding
  • WGSST 3370: Sexualities and Citizenship
  • WGSST 4189.01S: Reproductive Rights and Justice (service learning) 
  • WGSST 4402: Black Women — Representations, Politics and Power
  • WGSST 4404: Regulating Bodies — Global Sexual Economies
  • WGSST 4524: Women and Work
  • WGSST 4525: Feminist Critiques of Markets — Profiting from Inequality
  • WGSST/AFAMAST/COMPSTD 4921: Intersections — Approaches to Race, Gender, Class and Sexuality 
  • PUBAFRS/AFAMAST/COMPSTD 5240: Race and Public Policy in the United States 
  • PUBAFRS 5250: Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy 
  • WGSST/SLAVIC 5450: Global Human Trafficking — Realities and Representations

Additional Electives (students may choose up to two courses from this list):


  • PUBAFRS 2120: Public Service and Civic Engagement
  • PUBAFRS 2130: Leadership in the Public and Nonprofit Sectors
  • PUBAFRS 2150: Introduction to Nonprofit Organizations
  • WGSST 2326(S): Feminist Perspectives on Addiction (regular or service learning)
  • PUBAFRS 3000: Public Policy Analysis 
  • PUBAFRS 3140: Nonprofit Management and Governance
  • WGSST 3385: Women in Political Leadership Internship
  • PUBAFRS 3500: Public Management
  • PUBAFRS 4010: Public Affairs Decision-Making 
  • PUBAFRS 4020: Contemporary Issues in Governance — Washington, D.C. 
  • POLITSC 4138: Women and the Law
  • POLITSC 4170: Gender and Politics
  • PUBAFRS 4191: Public Affairs Internship or WGSST 3191 Internship
  • WGSST 4513/POLITSCI 4175: Women, Government and Public Policy
  • WGSST/POLITSCI 4597: Gender and Democracy in the Contemporary World
  • PUBAFRS 5591: Lobbying and Government Relations

Additional Program Detail

Declaring the Minor

  • This minor is open to all undergraduate students at Ohio State. This minor is a collaboration between the Glenn College and the Department of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. 

  • To add a minor at the Glenn College, contact the advising office.
  • The minor coursework must be approved by the Glenn College. Once the minor program is filed in the college office, any changes to coursework must be submitted for approval. 
  • The minor program form must be filed by the time the graduation application is submitted to a college/school counselor.

Credit Hour Requirements and Transfers


  • This program is not required for graduation.
  • A minimum of 15 credit hours are required for completion.
  • A minimum of six credit hours must be at the 3000 level or above.


  • A student is permitted to count up to six total hours of transfer credit and/or credit by examination toward the minor.


  • Three credit hours may be overlapped between this minor and a major or another minor. 
  • G.E. overlap is permitted up to six total hours.

Requirements for completion

Grade requirements for earning a minor:
  • Minimum C- for a course to be listed on the minor.
  • Minimum 2.00 cumulative point-hour ratio required for the minor.
  • Coursework graded Pass/Non-Pass cannot count on the minor.
  • No more than three credit hours of courses graded Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory may count toward the minor.

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