The interdisciplinary minor in women's and gender studies explores the cultural construction of gender and sexuality in the context of intersections with race and class, global and domestic politics, religion, and critical theory through literature, visual arts, and other media. Women’s and gender studies students bring a passion for activism, equity, social justice, and empowerment to the classroom and the broader community.

Fast Facts
  • Holds a monthly Feminist Film screening featuring mainstream and independent films and discussions with faculty
  • Offers courses from more than 12 disciplinary traditions, including Spanish, sociology, English, communication, and sport management
  • Hosts Women’s History Month featuring speakers and community events
  • Works with and supports student organizations such as PRIDE, the Coalition for Sexual Justice, and the Black Student Union
Group of Trinity Students at Pride Gathering


What You'll Study

Examine the cultural construction of gender and sexuality while igniting a passion for advocacy


Promoting interdisciplinary expertise and experience

The women’s and gender studies faculty advisory board is composed of full-time professors who teach classes and publish work concerned with issues of gender and sexuality in their own disciplinary traditions as well as in women’s and gender studies. 

Sarah E. Erickson
Sarah E. Erickson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Communication
Gina Anne Tam
Gina Anne Tam, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
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Dania E. Abreu-Torres, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
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Rosana Blanco-Cano, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
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Jenny Browne, M.F.A.
Professor, English
Anene Ejikeme
Anene Ejikeme, Ph.D.
Special Assistant to the Provost, ACS Mellon Academic Leadership Fellows Program & Associate Professor, History
Sajida Jalalzai
Sajida Jalalzai, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Religion
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Shannon Mariotti, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science, Political Science
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Debra Ochoa, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Modern Languages and Literatures
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Willis Salomon, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, English
Kathryn Vomero Santos
Kathryn Vomero Santos, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, English
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Amy L. Stone, Ph.D.
Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
Angela Tarango
Angela Tarango, Ph.D.
Professor, Religion

Student Opportunities

Put empowerment to work through hands-on approaches, community involvement, and cultural interconnectedness.



Healthy Relationships Research Lab

Geared toward the development and application of advanced research skills, such as literature review writing, study design, data collection, and manuscript writing, the Healthy Relationships Research lab provides students with the opportunity to work with WAGS-affiliated faculty to advance and publish research related to healthy romantic relationships. Throughout the semester, students will participate in ongoing faculty-led research projects. This course fulfills the optional Experiential Learning component of the Pathways curriculum.


Students complete internships that activate their passions for activism, equality, and empowerment.

Internships within the minor help plan and promote women’s and gender studies events. Students develop and execute marketing plans for WAGS programming while also providing input on the minor.

Students also receive opportunities to intern with local non-profit organizations, such as the Rape Crisis Center.

Spaces and Facilities

Women’s Resource Center at Coates Library

The Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers Foundation has made a $500,000 gift to Trinity University to establish the Ruth McLean Bowman Bowers Women’s Studies Resource Center at the University

Student Organizations

Associated with the Coalition for Sexual Justice

The Coalition for Sexual Justice is a collective of Trinity students, faculty, staff and community members who work to promote sexual justice through education and advocacy. Sexual justice encompasses ending sexual assault and domestic violence, promoting sexual health and safety and providing survivor support through campus-wide accountability. 


PRIDE (Promoting Respect, Inclusiveness, Diversity, and Equality) is a student organization on campus that supports the LGBTQ+ community and allies on campus.

Lecture Series and Annual Events

Students and faculty organize events related to Women’s History Month, Gay Pride Week, and International Women’s Day, among others.

The monthly Feminist Film Series highlights faculty expertise and engages students in discussion through contemporary and classical film screenings.

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When You Graduate

Cultivate skills and contacts to enable community engagement after Trinity

Through this interdisciplinary minor, students develop the critical skills and intellectual training to vocalize personal and political concerns and the contacts and experience to engage in community action.


Students graduate into a world of career opportunities, careers in college and professional sports, and sport-related companies across the U.S.

Career Areas:

  • Artistry
  • Education
  • Law
  • NGOs
  • Social Work




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