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

  • AFS 248: African American Women Writers
  • AFS 267: Race, Gender and the Law
  • ANTH 218: Islam and Women
  • ANTH 228: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Sex and Gender Roles
  • ANTH 231: Gender and Change in Africa and Afro-Latin America
  • CWES 346: Women and the Civil War
  • ENG 253: Images of Women in Literature
  • ENG 258: African American Women Writers
  • ENG 334: Nineteenth-Century English Women Writers
  • ENG 355: Radical American Women
  • ENG 403: Nineteenth and Twentieth Centry Literature
  • FYS 130-1: Women's Health and Sexuality
  • FYS 133-2: Gender and Politics in Latin America
  • FYS 172: The Role of Gender in Science and Technology
  • HIS 209: Women's History Since 1500
  • HIS 323: Gender in Modern Japan
  • ITAL 270: Objects of Desire/Desiring Objects: A Survey of Italian Women Writers of the 20th Century
  • ITAL 280: Women and Italian Film
  • LAS 222: Bridging the Borders: U.S. Latina and Latin American Women Writers
  • LAS 231: Gender and Change in Africa and Afro-Latin America
  • POL 321: Gender and American Politics
  • POL 382: Feminist Theory in American Politics
  • POL 412: Women and the Political Economy of Development
  • SOC 217: Gender Inequality
  • SOC 240: Sexualities
  • SOC 244: Global Sexualities
  • SPAN 310: Mujeres Escritoras En La Literatura Peninsular: Siglos XIX-XXI

Affiliated Courses

Offered by academic departments and containing significant feminist or queer content

  • ANTH 226: The Archaeology of the Body
  • ANTH 240: Modernity and Change in Asia and the Pacific
  • AS 238: Classical Japanese Literature and Its Modern Interpretations
  • CLA 121: Survey of Greek Civilization
  • CLA 264: Ancient Tragedy
  • CLA 266: Ancient Comedy
  • ENG 257: Sex and Love in Jewish Literature
  • ENG 333: Victorian Aesthetics
  • ENG 371: The Dream of the Artificial Wo/Man: Golems and Cyborgs from Adam to Bladerunner
  • FREN 345: Turmoil and Loss in Québécois Literature by Women
  • FYS 113-5: Women in the Law
  • GER 351: The German-Jewish Experience
  • SPAN 351: Lyric Poetry