Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Major Requirements

 Ten courses are required for the major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies:

  1. WGS 120: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  2. WGS 300: Theories OR WGS 310: Queer Theories
  3. WGS 290: Practicum
  4. WGS 340: Methods
  5. WGS 400: Senior Seminar
  6. Five courses from the categories of core, cross-listed, affiliated courses, or approved courses of Individualized Study:
    (a) At least one course must be a core or cross-listed course above the 100-level that focuses in depth on the experiences of women outside the United States and Europe.
    (b) At least one must be a core or cross-listed course above the 100-level that focuses in depth on the experiences of historically marginalized women or on the ways that gender intersects with other forms of inequality or on LGBT or Queer scholarship.
    (c) No more than two courses may be from the category of affiliated courses

 Minor Requirements

 Six courses are required for the minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies:

  1. WGS 120: Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  2. WGS 300: Theories OR WGS 310: Queer Theories
  3. One core or cross-listed course above the 100-level that focuses in depth on the experiences of women outside the United States and Europe OR one core or cross-listed course above the 100-level that focuses in depth on the experiences of historically marginalized women or on the ways that gender intersects with other forms of inequality or on LGBT and Queer scholarship.
  4. One core or cross-listed course.
  5. Two additional WGS courses (core, cross-listed, affiliated, or approved courses of Individualized Study)

Planning Your Courses:
Prospective majors and minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are encouraged to talk with a WGS faculty advisor as early as possible in their academic career.  Procedures for declaring a Major/Minor.

Because there is a preferred sequence of courses, all mandatory courses require careful planning.  Students are strongly encouraged to take:

  • WGS 120 in the first or second year
  • WGS 300 OR WGS 310 (Fall) and WGS 290 (Spring) in the third year. 
  • WGS 340 (Fall) and WGS 400 (Spring) in the senior year.
  • WGS 300 and WGS 310 are offered alternating years in the fall. Students planning to study abroad are strongly encouraged to do so in their sophomore year or in the spring of their junior year.

In order to help students design their majors and minors, the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies faculty has designated the following course categories:

  • Core courses
  • Cross-listed courses
  • Affiliated courses

Core Courses with full course descriptions 

Cross-Listed Courses

Reflect the latest feminist and LGBTQI scholarship and are located in other academic departments

Affiliated Courses

Offered by academic departments and containing significant feminist or queer content