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
  3. WGS 320: 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

Prospective majors are strongly encouraged to talk with a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies advisor as early as possible in their academic career and to take WGS 120 in the first or second year

 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
  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)

Students planning to minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are encouraged to talk with a WGS advisor about the program of courses and de­clare the minor in their sophomore or junior year.


Planning Your Courses:
Prospective majors and minors in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are encouraged to discuss their plans with a WGS faculty advisor as early as possible in their academic careers.  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 follow the following timeline:

  • WGS 120 in the first or second year
  • WGS 300 and WGS 320 in the third year (Note: WGS 300 is taught in the Fall semester; WGS 320 in Spring)
    Students planning to study abroad in their junior year are strongly encouraged to do so in the Spring in order to take WGS 300 in the Fall.
  • WGS 340 and WGS 400 (taken in the senior year as a sequence-WGS 340 (Fall); WGS 400 (Spring)
    (also note that WGS 340 is required beginning with the Class of 2013)

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