Please note that the registration period is limited. See the box under 'Application and Registration' for the exact registration dates of the minor and courses.

“I think of feminism as poetry; we hear histories in words; we reassemble histories by putting them into words.”
Sara Ahmed, Living a Feminist Life (2017)

Come and join one of the largest gender studies groups in Europe!


How do gender, ethnicity, race, religion, class, sexuality, ability and age impact representation and identity formation? How do structures of social power relations shape our globalized and mediatized world? What measures can be taken to prevent discrimination and promote emancipation? And how can academics, artists, activists, popular culture, and policy-makers respond to these pressing challenges?

Gender studies, a contemporary interdisciplinary field encompassing women’s and feminist studies, critically examines ways in which gender, ethnicity/race, sexuality, religion, ability, and class intersect and are constructed within popular culture, art, literature and digital media. This important minor offers the chance to learn about historical and contemporary feminist movements and about the forces both gender and ethnicity/race currently exert in society.


By providing essential gender studies concepts and methodologies – as employed in the humanities – this minor further offers you a critical perspective on social, cultural and power relations within contemporary society.

The minor aims to:

  • familiarize students with traditions of modern feminist thought and point out issues that are central to feminist theory;
  • train students to practice a new, critical way of looking at cultural practices that contest and reconstruct new and old identities;
  • provide students with a map of contemporary feminist approaches to issues of gender, sexuality, ethnicity/race and religious practices in a European context;
  • teach students to mobilize gender and intersectionality as key concepts while looking at various cultural practices in the visual and technological field: film, photography, the Internet, mass media, art, as well as social performances of memory, citizenship and nationalism.

Knowledge and theoretical skills gained equip students with valuable tools for future professions in – for example, yet not limited to – education, campaigning and activism, journalism, NGO’s, policy-making, and the creative & cultural sectors.

Preparation for a Master's programme

The minor Gender Studies contributes to the requirements of 30 EC of Gender Studies and/or Postcolonial Studies courses for the 1 year master’s programme Gender Studies and to the requirements of 45 EC of Gender Studies and/or Postcolonial Studies courses the 2-year Research Master Gender Studies (Research). This minor is also a good preparation for: 

Minor Coordinator

Milica Trakilovic

The lecturers

The minor Gender Studies is taught by staff from the Graduate Gender Programme (GGeP), GGeP is a national and international centre for research, PhD training, academic teaching and political engagement, which has a long-standing reputation and is one of the largest Gender Studies groups in Europe. GGeP lecturers combine various disciplinary backgrounds including media, cultural, literary & visual studies; philosophy, anthropology; and science and technology studies. Staff members have solid grounding in relevant theories and debates and offer research-led teaching. Our lecturers are also from different generations and as such encourage intergenerational relations and thinking.  

Our students

The minor suits a wide-arrange of students from the humanities, social sciences and biomedical sciences with an interest in gendered, ethnicized/racialized, sexualized, religious and classed power relations in society, and their effects on daily life, academic knowledge production, and cultural practices. For example, the minor programme has attracted Media & Culture, Language & Culture, Communication & Information Studies, (Art) History, Philosophy, Sociology and Anthropology students. The minor is taught in English and it welcomes exchange students. Staff encourages students from various backgrounds to collaborate in assignments, papers and presentations. We value innovation and we use evaluations from students to improve our courses continually.

Study programme

The minor Gender Studies consists of four compulsory courses (30 EC). The courses include lectures, seminars readings, film and documentary screenings, museum visits, individual and group presentations and assignments include essays and book reviews. The courses aim to be interactive and students are encouraged to raise questions, promote debate, offer criticisms and contribute to the course contents. Preference to start in period 1, but possible to start in any period.

Entry Requirements

Look carefully at the courses entry requirements and check the registration period for the individual courses as for some of the courses in this minor, the registration period is limited. 

Students from the bachelor ‘Media en cultuur/Media and Culture’ taking the minor Gender Studies and/or the minor Postcolonial Studies who would like to receive further training in these fields are encouraged to follow the Gender and postcolonial studies research seminar and thesis courses: 'Onderzoeksseminar Gender en Postcolonial Studies VR3V16001' + 'Eindwerkstuk Gender & Postcolonial VR3V16002' instead of 'Onderzoeksseminar Media en Cultuur MC3V14001/Research Seminar Media and Culture MC3V20001' + 'Eindwerkstuk Media en Cultuur ME3V15026/Bachelor Thesis Media and Culture ME3V20001'.


Students may prepare for this minor by following the course Introduction to Gender Studies (VR2V14002), Gender, etniciteit en cultuurkritiek (MC2V18001) or Gender, Ethnicity and Cultural Critique (MC2V19001). This is recommended, not obligatory.

Entry requirements

Some of the courses in this minor may have specific entry requirements. Please refer to the the section Entry requirements and preknowledge in the course description in the Course Planner.

Application and registration

How to register for this minor and its course modules, depends on whether you are a student of Utrecht University or not.

Utrecht University students can register for a minor and the individual modules online via OSIRIS during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. You must register for both the minor itself and each course module individually.

Courses with priority rules

If you wish to register for a course to which priority rules apply, make sure to register for both the course and the minor during the first two weeks of the course registration period. We will publish a list of courses with priority rules two weeks prior to the course registration period.


Once you have completed the course modules, provided that you were enrolled for both the minor itself and each course module individually in OSIRIS, the minor and study results will be listed on your Study Progress Review.

Deviation standard programme

If you wish to deviate from the standard minor programme, you must request approval from the Board of Examiners of the Bachelor's programme that offers the minor.

Students from other Universities can register for the minor and each course module using the digital registration form during the Faculty of Humanities course registration period. Besides that we also need a Proof of Payment of your tuition fees from your own educational instituion. Please send the form and the Proof of Registration -preferably via email- to the Student Desk Humanities.

Courses with priority rules

If you wish to register for a course to which priority rules apply, make sure to register for both the course and the minor during the first two weeks of the course registration period. We will publish a list of courses with priority rules two weeks prior to the course registration period.

Study results

Once you have completed the course modules with as passing result, you can apply for a list of grades (transcript) of the minor programme at the Student Desk Humanities.

More information

If you wish to know more, or have questions about this minor, please contact the Student Desk Humanities.