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.  A grade point average of 2.0 is required and majors must earn a grade of C- in all major courses. NO MORE than 9 elective credits from the Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program courses can be applied towards the major.
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REQUIRED CORE COURSES (33 credits)

  • WGSS 223 Women: Self & Society
  • WGSS 224 Women: Personal & Social Change
  • WGSS 262 Intro to Queer Studies
  • WGSS 270 Violence against Women
  • WGSS 410 Internship
  • WGSS 414 Systems of Oppression in Women's Lives
  • WGSS 416 Theories of Feminism
  • WGSS 430 Women of Color Feminisms
  • 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 Women in World Cinema
  • WGSS 240 Women & Sport
  • WGSS 280 Women Worldwide
  • WGSS 295 Feminism and the Bible
  • WGSS 299 Topics
  • WGSS 320 Gender & Technology
  • WGSS 321 Queer Pop Culture
  • WGSS 325 Disney: Gender, Race, Empire
  • WGSS 340 Gender and Science
  • WGSS 350 Politics of Motherhood in a Global Context
  • WGSS 360 Men and Masculinities in a Gobal Context
  • WGSS 364 Transgender Politics
  • WGSS 373 Approaches to Social Justice
  • WGSS 375 Arts and Social Justice
  • WGSS 380 Muslim Women
  • WGSS 399 Topics
  • WGSS 402 Independent Study
  • WGSS 417 Feminist Philosophies
  • WGSS 418 Feminist Research Methods
  • WGSS 431 Queer of Color Critiques
  • WGSS 432 Gender, Sexuality, and the Photographic Image
  • WGSS 440 Women & Natural Resouces
  • WGSS 450 Ecofeminism
  • WGSS 462 Queer Theories
  • WGSS 465 Women, Weight, & Body Image
  • WGSS 466 Fat Studies
  • WGSS 472 Indigenous Two Spirit and Queer Studies
  • WGSS 473 Transgender Lives
  • WGSS 476 Transnational Sexualities
  • WGSS 477 Queer/Trans People of Color Arts and Activism
  • WGSS 482 Global Perspectives on Women's Health
  • WGSS 483 Race, Gender, and Health Justice
  • WGSS 490 Self Esteem & Personal Power
  • WGSS 495 Global Feminist Theologies
  • WGSS 496 Feminist Theologies in the United States
  • WGSS 499 Topics