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Undergraduate Major

 Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors must take their required courses for the major on campus.  No more than 6 credits of elective credits taken online through e-campus may be used toward the WGSS on-campus major.

The Major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies represents an interdisciplinary curriculum comprised of coursework in the social sciences and humanities with gender as the focal point of analysis. The curriculum examines women’s experiences, past and present, through feminist theory and research to better understand differences in power and privilege based on gender as well as race and ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual identity, age, physical appearance, and mental or physical ability. Many classes incorporate a social activism component, and students are required to complete an internship to put their coursework into action as well as a senior research project to understand and contribute to the scholarship in this field. A total of 51 credits is required for the major: 33 credits of required Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies core courses and 18 credits of elective courses chosen from Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program courses.  NO MORE than 9 elective credits from the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program courses can be applied towards the major.
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REQUIRED CORE COURSES (43 credits)

  • WGSS 223 (3) Women: Self & Society
  • WGSS 224 (3) Women: Personal & Social Change
  • WGSS 262/QW 262 (3) Introduction to Queer Studies
  • WGSS 270 (3) Violence against Women
  • WGSS 410 (3) Internship
  • WGSS 414 (4) Systems of Oppression in Women's Lives
  • WGSS 416 (4) Theories of Feminism
  • WGSS 418 (4) Feminist Research Methods
  • WGSS 430 (4) Women of Color Feminisms
  • WGSS 460 (4) Women and Sexuality (Writing-Intensive Curriculum course)
  • WGSS 480 (4) International Women (BAC CORE)
  • WGSS 498 (4) Senior Seminar

ELECTIVES (8 credits)

WGSS Electives

  • WGSS 199 (3) Topics
  • WGSS 230 (3) Women in the Movies
  • WGSS 235 (3) Women in World Cinema
  • WGSS 240 (3) Gender & Sport
  • WGSS 280 (3) Women Worldwide
  • WGSS 299 (3) Topics
  • WGSS 320 (3) Gender & Technology
  • WGSS 325 (3) Disney: Gender, Race, Empire
  • WGSS 340 (3) Gender and Science
  • WGSS 350 (3) Politics of Motherhood in Global Contexts
  • WGSS 360 (3) Men and Masculinities in a Global Context
  • WGSS 364 (3) Transgender Politics
  • WGSS 373 (3) Approaches to Social Justice
  • WGSS 380 (3) Muslim Women
  • WGSS 399 (3) Topics
  • WGSS 402 (1-16) Independent Study
  • WGSS 406 (1-16) Projects
  • WGSS 417 (3) Feminist Philosophies
  • WGSS 420 (3) Hate, Resistance, & Reconciliation
  • WGSS 431 (4) Queer of Color Critiques
  • WGSS 440 (3) Women & Natural Resouces
  • WGSS 450 (3) Ecofeminism
  • WGSS 462 (4) Queer Theories
  • WGSS 465 (3) Women, Weight, and Body Image
  • WGSS 470 (3) Women: Creating Multicultural Alliances
  • WGSS 472 (4) Indigenous Two-Spirit and Queer Studies
  • WGSS 473 (4) Transgender Lives
  • WGSS 482 (4) Global Perspectives on Women's Health
  • WGSS 486 (1) Global Experience
  • WGSS 487 (1) Global Experience
  • WGSS 488 (1) Global Experience
  • WGSS 490 (3) Self Esteem & Personal Power
  • WGSS 495 (4) Global Feminist Theologies
  • WGSS 499 (1-16) Topics

Program Course Electives

  • ANTH 370 (4) Anthropological Theories
  • ANTH 473 (4) Gender, Ethnicity, Culture
  • COMM 432 (3) Gender & Communication
  • ENG 362 (4) Women's Voices in American Literature
  • ENG 416 (4) Power and Representation
  • ENG 497 (4) International Women's Voices
  • ENG 498 (4) Women and Literature
  • ES 437 (3) Gender Issues in Asian American Studies
  • ES 457 (3) Literature by Women of Color in the United States
  • H 465 (3) Public Health & Women: Social & Policy Issues
  • H 474 (3) Public Health & Violence in Society
  • HDFS 444 (4) Family Violence & Neglect
  • HDFS 447 (4) Families & Poverty
  • HST 362 (4) Women in United States History
  • HST 368 (4) Lesbian and Gay Movements in Modern America
  • HST 432 (4) History of Sexuality
  • PHL 280 (4) Ethics of Diversity
  • PS 317 (4) Gender & Politics
  • PS 363 (4) Gender and Race in American Political Thought
  • PS 425 (4) Gender & Law
  • PSY 426 (4) Psychology of Gender
  • PSY 456 (4) Social Development
  • SOC 312 (4) Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 430 (4) Gender & Society
  • SOC 466 (4) International Development: Gender Issues
  • SOC 480 (4) Environmental Sociology

An approved Program Course is one that has the focus on gender, sexuality, and/or women's issues, is in a unit other than the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and has been approved as fulfilling the requirements of a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Course. Program Courses are subject to change based on availability and/or changes in content/focus.