Women and Gender Studies Major

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The Department of Women and Gender Studies works to make the diversity of women’s and gendered perspectives visible and to promote student success within an academic, professional, and personal context. The major curriculum seeks to provide students with the occasion to investigate the intersections of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, sexuality, and ability as dimensions of social identity, and as considered at local, national, and transnational levels.

This interdisciplinary major offers students a well-rounded undergraduate education leading to expertise in a wide variety of skills that prepare students for career and graduate school success. Students have an opportunity to understand themselves and their society within an inclusive view of the human experience.

Recent Women and Gender Studies graduates have gone on to highly competitive masters and doctorate programs in law, sociology, gender studies, history, social work, communications, public health, and English at nationally recognized research universities. Graduates stepping into the workforce have assumed careers as crisis counselors, government officials, librarians, human rights activists, and Peace Corps/AmeriCorps volunteers.

What can I do with a women and gender studies major?

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Program Requirements

General Education Requirements (32 credits)*

Major Departmental Requirements (36 credits)

Students in the Women and Gender Studies major pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher for all courses in the major.

The major in Women and Gender Studies consist of 36 credits fulfilled as follows:

Required Core Courses = 27 credits

  • WMS 101 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • WMS 271 Gender, Race and Class
  • WMS 330 Global Perspectives on Women and Gender
  • WMS 409 Feminist Theory
  • WMS 411 Feminist Research Methods
  • WMS 420 Practicum in Women and Gender Studies (3-9 credits)
  • WMS 421 Senior Seminar in Women and Gender Studies

Elective Courses = 9 credits

Electives (52 credits)

Total Credits (120 credits)

Additional Degree Requirements

Students must earn a grade of C or higher for all courses in the major.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  1. Describe how patriarchy has operated historically.
  2. Identify ways systems of sex and gender oppressions function in society.
  3. Analyze constructs of sex and gender roles as they intersect other social categories cross-culturally.
  4. Evaluate ways women and gender studies knowledge is produced using feminist research methodologies.
  5. Apply knowledge of women and gender studies in activism and real-world practice.
  6. Create discipline-specific projects integrating expertise in one or more specialized areas under women and gender studies.