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College of Arts & Sciences

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major (B.A.)

  • Preparation for history, geography, political science, philosophy, English, sociology, communications studies, art, biology, and more
  • Preparation for careers in academia, law, non-profit organizations, advocacy work
  • Preparation for graduate school

Faculty contact: Dr. Kim Little

Program Overview

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies provides an opportunity to explore the phenomenon of gender and sexuality and their intersection with race, ethnicity, class, and other elements of diversity. The program is interdisciplinary, which makes for a rich variety of course offerings across many fields. Students may choose from numerous courses throughout the University.

Careers and Graduate School

A degree in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies prepares students in critical thinking and effective communication, essential skills that can be applied to a wide variety of careers.

Graduates can pursue fulfilling careers in areas such as equity and diversity, management, law, public health, counseling, social work, research, creative writing, and community education. Potential employers for graduates with a degree in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies include, but are not limited to, the following: non-profit organizations; government agencies; women’s service organizations; medical centers; journalism entities; institutions of higher education; youth and family agencies; public relations agencies; etc.

Additionally, a high percentage of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduates pursue graduate school opportunities. 

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Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy: No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission: No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Degree Requirements

  • Major Code BA4412

University-wide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all University-wide graduation requirements.

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College-Level Requirements for the College of Arts & Sciences.

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Core Requirements

Complete a total of 30 semester credit hours of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies coursework, including all the requirements below.

Complete the following courses:

  • WGSS 1000 - Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 2000 - Issues in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 3500 - Feminist Theory Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4800 - Capstone in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit Hours: 3.0

Complete one of the following courses:

  • WGSS 4100 - Global Feminisms Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4110 - Women and Globalization Credit Hours: 3.0

Complete one of the following courses:

  • WGSS 3200 - Sexual Revolutions Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4600 - Gender, Sexuality, and Culture Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4610 - Queer Theory Credit Hours: 3.0

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Elective Requirement

Complete 12 hours from the following list of approved courses. Note: Courses used to satisfy a Core Requirement cannot also satisfy an Elective Requirement.

  • AAS 3450 - The Black Woman Credit Hours: 3.0
  • AAS 3460 - Black Men and Masculinities Credit Hours: 3.0
  • AAS 4820 - The Black Family Credit Hours: 3.0
  • AH 4111 - The Representation and Theorization of Gender in the History of Art Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ANTH 3450 - Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ANTH 3490 - Life History: The Individual and Culture Credit Hours: 3.0
  • BIOS 2020 - The Biology of Sex Differences Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CFS 4600 - Children, Families, and Diversity Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CLAS 3430 - Women in the Ancient Mediterranean Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CLWR 2220 - Difficult Dialogues: Religion, Gender and Sexuality Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CLWR 4350 - Women in Buddhist Traditions Credit Hours: 3.0
  • CLWR 4430 - Women and Religion Credit Hours: 3.0
  • COMS 3410 - Women and Health Communication Credit Hours: 3.0
  • COMS 4200 - Gender and Communication Credit Hours: 3.0
  • COMS 4410 - Communication in the Family Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ECON 3220 - Economics of Human Resources Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3060J - Women and Writing Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3250 - Women and Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3260 - Lesbian and Gay Literature Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3270 - Queer Rhetorics and Writing Credit Hours: 3.0
  • ENG 3280 - Women's Rhetorics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 3270 - Social Geographies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • GEOG 4450 - Gender, Environment, and Development Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3200 - Women in American History Before 1877 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3201 - Women in American History Since 1877 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3202 - Women's Health and Medicine in U.S. History Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3320 - History of Women in the Middle East Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3390 - Women in African History Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3540 - History of Early Christianity Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3555 - Women in Medieval Europe Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3600 - Women in Early Modern European History, 1400-1800 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3601 - Women in Modern European History, 1800-present Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3602 - Women Warriors: Women and War in Europe Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3710 - Magic, Heresy and Witchcraft in Europe Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HIST 3715 - Sex, Crime and Deviance in Europe, 1200-1800 Credit Hours: 3.0
  • HLTH 2100 - Women and Health Credit Hours: 3.0
  • JOUR 4130 - Gender, Race, and Class in Journalism and Mass Media Credit Hours: 3.0
  • LING 3900 - Language of Women and Men Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MDIA 3810 - Women and the Media Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MDIA 4175 - Media and Sexual Representation Credit Hours: 3.0
  • MGT 4420 - Gender Issues in Management Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PBIO 2170 - Women in Science Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4067 - Women and Politics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4190 - Gay and Lesbian Politics Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4210 - The Politics of Law and Sexuality Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4740 - Sexuality and Queer Theories Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4752 - The Politics of Intersectionality Credit Hours: 3.0
  • POLS 4780 - Feminist Political Theories and Movements Credit Hours: 3.0
  • PSY 3440 - Psychology of Gender Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SASM 4000 - Diversity and Sport Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SOC 2200 - Introduction to the Family Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SOC 3720 - Sociology of Masculinity Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SOC 4210 - Comparative Studies of Family Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SOC 4220 - The American Family System Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SOC 4670 - Violence Against Women Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SOC 4700 - Sociology of Gender Credit Hours: 3.0
  • SOC 4710 - Gender and Justice Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 2100 - Women, Gender, and Rock and Roll Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 3200 - Sexual Revolutions Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 3910 - Internship in Women's and Gender Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4100 - Global Feminisms Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4110 - Women and Globalization Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4500 - Advanced Feminist Theory Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4600 - Gender, Sexuality, and Culture Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4610 - Queer Theory Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 3810J - Writing Gender Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4900 - Special Topics in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Credit Hours: 3.0
  • WGSS 4930 - Independent Reading Credit Hours: 1.0-3.0

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