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Major in WSGS

MAJOR IN WOMEN'S STUDIES & GENDER STUDIES

The WSGS major is now a stand alone major which students may declare at any time. You may major in WSGS with or without a second major. The major consists of 36 hours, or 12 courses. A total of at least 21 hours (7 courses) must be at the 300 level or higher. Courses are designated as follows:

  * 5 required courses plus an internship or service-learning requirement (total of 6 courses):
WSGS 101     Introduction to Women's Studies & Gender Studies
WSGS 201     Contemporary Issues in WSGS
WSGS 330     History of Feminist Thought
WSGS 391     Methodologies in WSGS
WSGS 398     WSGS Internship (or cross-listed service learning course)
WSGS 399     WSGS Captsone

  * 1 course in theory, selected from the following options:
PLSC 312 / WSGS 318     Feminist Theory
ENGL 307 / WSGS 307     Feminist & Gender Theory
PHIL 312 / WSGS 397      Philosophical Theories of Gender
WSGS 397                      Queer Theory (WSGS Special Topics)

  * 5 elective courses from WSGS and cross-listed offerings, with at least 2 of these at the 300 level.

To declare a major in Women's Studies and Gender Studies, students need to fill out a declaration of major form (PDF) and a student information sheet. Both can be obtained from the Women's Studies and Gender Studies office in Piper Hall 202. The declaration form must be signed by the program director and returned to the Dean's office in the College of Arts and Sciences.  Students may also declare the major on-line through LOCUS, but must also meet with a program advisor to plan their program.

Please contact Women's and Gender Studies Faculty or Staff with any additional questions.

Below is a sample of a 4-year program for a WSGS major:

YearFallSpring
1stWSGS 101: Intro to WSGSSOCL 123: Popular Culture & Mass Media
2ndWSGS 201: Contemporary Issues in WSGSPLSC 300: Women & Politics: A Cross-National Perspective
THEO 178: Women & Religion
3rdWSGS 330: History of Feminist ThoughtWSGS 398: Internship
PLSC 312: Feminist TheoryFNAR 207: Women, Art, & Society
4thWSGS 391: Methodologies in WSGSWSGS 399: Capstone
PSCY 238: Gender & Sex: Differences & Similarities

Below is a list of courses for students interested in English:

  • WSGS 201: Contemporary Issues in WSGS 
  • ENGL 283: Women in Literature
  • ENGL 306: Studies in Women Writers
  • ENGL 307: Feminism & Gender in Literature
  • FNAR 207: Women, Art, & Society

Below is a list of courses for students interested in Political Science:

  • WSGS 201: Contemporary Issues in WSGS 
  • PLSC 355: Women & Politics: A Cross-National Perspective
  • PLSC 394: Comparative Family Policy: Work & Family Reconciliation
  • PLSC 312: Feminist Theory 
  • PHIL 327: Liberalism & Feminism

Below is a list of courses for students interested in Psychology:

  • WSGS 201: Contemporary Issues in WSGS 
  • PSCY 235: Psychology of Human Sexuality
  • PSCY 238: Gender & Sex: Differences & Similarities
  • PSCY 340: Psychology of Women
  • SOCL 250: Inequality in Society

Below is a list of courses for students interested in Sociology:

  • WSGS 201: Contemporary Issues in WSGS 
  • SOCL 123: Popular Culture & Mass Media
  • SOCL 240: Men, Women, & Work
  • SOCL 271: Sociology of Sex and Gender
  • SOCL 276: Sociology & Poltics of Food 

Below is a list of courses for students interested in Theology:

  • WSGS 201: Contemporary Issues in WSGS 
  • THEO 178: Women & Religion
  • THEO 192: Gender & Values
  • THEO 365: Women, Gender, & Embodiment in Islam
  • SOCL 271: Sociology of Sex and Gender


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