Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

The Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on the diverse experiences of people as these relate to intersections of gender, race, and sexuality within national and international contexts. The major in WGSS offers many opportunities to participate in internships in the community and to pursue individual research projects, as well as participatory learning guided by feminist pedagogy and a commitment to social change. Close interaction with faculty, individualized guidance and advising, and a wide variety of course work prepare students for employment, as well as graduate or professional school education.
Top Five
Reasons to Study
This Major
  1. Build skills in writing, oral communication, and critical thinking and reading.

  2. Benefit from an interdisciplinary faculty in a diverse field of study.

  3. Gain hands-on experiences through internships and research.

  4. Become a thoughtful and critical analyst of culture and society.

  5. Equip yourself with a wide variety of opportunities for employment or further study.

College of Arts and Sciences
Where Can I Go?

Students in WGSS may choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (BA), a Bachelor of Science (BS), or a graduate certificate. Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies provides students with a foundation for employment in:

Nonprofit organizations

Research institutes

Colleges and universities

Healthcare practices and organizations

Federal, state, and local government agencies

Youth and family agencies

Libraries and archives

Political action committees

Public interest groups

Human rights organizations
Alumni Jobs


Business development manager

Litigation associate

Program coordinator

Non-profit executive director

Community health worker

Financial aid advisor

Non-profit administrator
Courses You
May Need

1st Year
WGS 101 (4 credits); 2xx WGS-level course (4 credits)

2nd Year
3xx WGS-level courses (12 credits); 2xx WGS-level course (4 credits)

3rd Year
3xx or 4xx WGS course (4 credits); 4xx WGS courses (8 credits)

4th Year
WGS 411 (4 credits); 4xx WGS courses (8 credits)

Major Credits
Required 36 w/ WGS code
Electives 12 w/ approved code

Total 48

Core Education Requirements

BS or BA Degree Minimum = 180 credits.

Core Education is approximately 71—83 credits depending on transfer credits and placement scores and requires courses in:


Math and/or CS (BS) or Language (BA)

US: Difference, Inequality, Agency

Global Perspectives

Areas of Inquiry in:

Arts and Letters

Social Science / Science
What Will I Learn?

Critical thinking and reasoning

Oral and written communication

Qualitative analysis

Public policy development and analysis

Grant writing


Library research


Public relations

Experiential learning opportunities

Internships for credit WGS 409

Senior Capstone Internship Seminar PS 411

Independent Research

Opportunities for Research Assistantships with Faculty

Career Oriented Internships

Student Initiated Internships for 1-4 credits

Opportunities for Creative Work and Expression
Specialized Courses

Bodies and Power

Transnational and Indigenous Feminisms

Queer Theory

Sexuality Studies

Gender, Environment, and Development

Black Feminist Thought

Gender in Film and Media

Literature and Feminist World-Making

Women and Gender in American History

Global Issues & Perspectives
Add A Minor Or Certificate


Comparative Literature

Disability Studies



Indigenous, Race, & Ethnic Studies (IRES)

Political Science


Queer Studies


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