banner image

Undergraduate Major

 Women, Gender, & 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, & 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 are needed 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, & Sexuality Studies Program courses can be applied towards the major.
Books

REQUIRED CORE COURSES (33 credits)

  • WGSS 223 Women: Self & Society
  • WGSS 224 Women: Personal & Social Change
  • WGSS 270 Violence against Women
  • WGSS 340 Gender & Science
  • WGSS 410 Internship
  • WGSS 414 Systems of Oppression in Women's Lives
  • WGSS 416 Theories of Feminism
  • WGSS 430 Women of Color in the US
  • WGSS 460 Women & Sexuality (Writing-Intensive Curriculum course)
  • WGSS 480 International Women
  • WGSS 498 Senior Seminar

ELECTIVES (18 credits)

WGSS Electives

  • WGSS 199 Topics
  • WGSS 230 Women in the Movies
  • WGSS 235 Global Women in the Movies
  • WGSS 240 Women & Sport
  • WGSS 280 Global Women
  • WGSS 299 Topics
  • WGSS 320 Gender & Technology
  • WGSS 325 Disney: Gender, Race, Empire
  • WGSS 380 Muslim Women
  • WGSS 399 Topics
  • WGSS 402 Independent Study
  • WGSS 417 Feminist Philosophies
  • WGSS 420 Hate, Resistance, & Reconciliation
  • WGSS 440 Women & Natural Resouces
  • WGSS 450 Ecofeminism
  • WGSS 465 Women, Weight, & Body Image
  • WGSS 470 Women: Creating Multicultural Alliances
  • WGSS 490 Self Esteem & Personal Power
  • WGSS 495 Feminist Theology & Spirituality
  • WGSS 499 Topics

Program Course Electives

  • ANTH 370 Family, Gender and Generation
  • ANTH 473 Gender, Ethnicity, Culture
  • COMM 432 Gender & Communication
  • ENG 362 Women's Voices in American Literature
  • ENG 416 Power and Representation
  • International Women's Voices
  • ENG 498 Women and Literature
  • ES 437 Gender Issues in Asian American Studies
  • ES 456 Theories of Race, Class, Gender, & Sexuality
  • ES 457 Literature by Women of Color in the United States
  • H 465 Public Health & Women: Social & Policy Issues
  • H 474 Public Health & Violence in Society
  • HDFS 440 Families & Work
  • HDFS 444 Child Abuse & Neglect
  • HDFS 447 Families & Poverty
  • HST 343 Women in Modern Russia
  • HST 362 Women in United States History
  • HST 368 Lesbian and Gay Movements in Modern America
  • HST 432 History of Sexuality
  • HST 496 Gender, Family & Politics in Chinese History
  • PHL 280 Ethics of Diversity
  • PS 317 Gender & Politics
  • PS 363 Gender and Race in American Political Thought
  • PS 425 Gender & Law
  • PSY 426 Gender Differences
  • PSY 456 Social Development
  • SOC 312 Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 430 Gender & Society
  • SOC 466 International Development: Gender Issues
  • SOC 480 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 & Sexuality Studies Program, and has been approved as fulfilling the requirements of a Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies Program Course. Program Courses are subject to change based on availability and/or changes in content/focus.