photo of a studentWomen, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program that places women and other marginalized groups in all their diversity at the center of inquiry and examines how gender and sexuality influences our personal identities, cultural and artistic expressions, social arrangements, political and economic systems, and ways of knowing and understanding the world. The Bachelor of Arts in Women, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) is organized around the following areas of concentration: feminist activism, theory, and methods of inquiry; women and other peoples as subjects of study within multicultural and global contexts; and multiple fields of difference, experience, and identity related to gender and sexuality. Through courses taught in these and other areas across many disciplines, as well as opportunities for internship experiences and/or independent research, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate creative problem-solving skills;
  2. Analyze through interdisciplinary perspectives the intersections of social inequality, such as: gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, cultural identity, nationality, class, age, and ability;
  3. Identify examples of institutional, social, political, and personal patterns of privilege and discrimination in everyday, lived experiences;
  4. Reflect on changes in how they evaluate the social and intellectual contributions of minoritized groups;
  5. Engage in analysis or work that is orientated toward social justice change.

The breadth and flexibility of the WGS major enables students to choose among a variety of courses across many disciplines that suit their needs and interests, as well as to tailor their course of study to develop a specialization within Women, Gender and/or Sexuality Studies. Because the major is made up of courses that also count toward programs of study in other disciplines, it also offers students the opportunity to pursue minors or dual majors in other fields to supplement and apply their training in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. Students often decide to complete a second major in African and African American Studies, Anthropology, Communication, Crime and Justice Studies, English, History, International Studies, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Religion, Social Work, and Sociology. Up to 20 credit hours of electives can count toward both majors and dual majors within the College of Liberal Arts may not need to complete additional credit hours beyond the standard requirements. Students also pursuing a major in Business, Economics, Education, Psychology, or Nursing will need to complete additional credit hours to fulfill their secondary college and program requirements.

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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Approved Course List (PDF)