Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Undergraduate Major

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies addresses the influence and meaning of gender in the human experience as it intersects with ethnicity, race, and various other elements of diversity. It is a liberal arts degree that emphasizes the development of critical thinking and effective communication skills, and can be applied to a variety of careers.

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Bachelor of Arts (BA4402) offers a wide range of courses that ensure a unique program of study for each student. Information is available at the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program offices, 31 S. Court St. Please go to the Advising page on this Web site, or contact the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty advisor, Lynette Peck, for more information.

Ten courses are required to complete the WGSS major:

Core Requirement

Complete six courses.

1. Complete the following four courses:

WGSS 1000 Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
WGSS 2000 Issues in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
WGSS 3500 Feminist Theory
WGSS 4800 Capstone in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (fulfills Tier 3 requirement)

2. Complete one of the following courses:

WGSS 4100 Global Feminisms
WGSS 4110 Women and Globalization

3. Complete one of the following courses:

WGSS 3200 Sexual Revolutions
WGSS 4600 Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
WGSS 4610 Queer Theory

Elective Requirement

Complete four courses from the following list of approved courses. Note: Courses that satisfy a Core requirement cannot satisfy an Elective requirement.

Select from:

AAS 3450 The Black Woman
AAS 3460 Black Men and Masculinities
AAS 4820 The Black Family
AH 4111 The Representation and Theorization of Gender in the History of Art
ANTH 3450 Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective

ANTH 3490 Life History: The Individual and Culture
BIOS 2020 Biology of Sex Differences
CFS 4600 Diversity in Families
CLAS 3430 Women in the Ancient Mediterranean
CLWR 2220 Religion, Gender, and Sexuality
CLWR 4350 Women in Buddhist Traditions
CLWR 4430 Women and Religion
COMS 3410 Women and Health Communication
COMS 4200 Gender & Communication
COMS 4410 Communication in the Family
ECON 3220 Economics of Human Resources
ENG 3060J Women & Writing
ENG 3250 Women & Literature
ENG 3260 Lesbian and Gay Literature
ENG 3270 Queer Rhetorics and Writing
ENG 3280 Women's Rhetorics
GEOG 3270 Social Geographies
GEOG 4450 Gender, Environment, and Development
HIST 3200 Women in American History Before 1877
HIST 3201 Women in American History Since 1877
HIST 3202 Women's Health & Medicine in US History
HIST 3320 Women in the Middle East
HIST 3390 Women in African History
HIST 3540 History of Early Christianity
HIST 3555 Women in Medieval Europe
HIST 3600 Women in Early Modern European History, 1400-1800
HIST 3601 Women in Modern European History, 1800-presentS
HIST 3602 Women Warriors:Women and War in Europe
HIST 3710
Magic, Heresy and Witchcrafts in Pre-modern Europe
HIST 3715 Sex, Crime and Deviance in Europe, 1200-1800
HLTH 2100 Women and Health
JOUR 4130 Gender, Race, and Class in Journalism and Mass Media
LING 3900 Language of Women and Men
MDIA 3810 Women and the Media
MDIA 4175 Media and Sexual Representation
MGT 4420 Gender Issues in Management
PBIO 2170 Women in Science
POLS 4067 Women and Politics
POLS 4190 Gay and Lesbian Politics
POLS 4210 The Politics of Law and Sexuality
POLS 4740 Sexuality and Queer Theories
POLS 4752 The Politics of Intersectionality
POLS 4780 Feminist Political Theories and Movements
PSY 3440 Psychology of Gender
SASM 4000 Diversity and Sport
SOC 2200 Introduction to the Family
SOC 3720 Sociology of Masculinity
SOC 4210 Comparative Studies of the Family
SOC 4220 The American Family System
SOC 4670 Violence Against Women
SOC 4700 Sociology of Gender
SOC 4710 Gender & Justice
WGSS 2100 Women, Gender, and Rock and Roll
WGSS 3200 Sexual Revolutions
WGSS 3810J Writing Gender
(fulfills Tier 1 Junior Comp requirement)
WGSS 3910 Internship
WGSS 4100 Global Feminisms
WGSS 4110 Women and Globalization

WGSS 4500 Advanced Feminist Theory
WGSS 4600 Gender, Sexuality, and Culture
WGSS 4610 Queer Theory
WGSS 4900 Special Topics
WGSS 4930 Independent Reading (offered at instructor's discretion)

The Bachelor of Arts in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary major within the College of Arts and Sciences, and requires the completion of all College of Arts and Sciences requirements. Students are encouraged to complement their Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major with minors in other fields and/or double-majors that are consistent with their educational and professional interests.

See the OU Catalog page.