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WGSS Major (BA)

Major Requirements: 10 Courses

Five Core Courses

  • WGS 200 Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (prerequisite for other core courses)
  • WGS 325 Feminist Theories (prerequisite for WGS 326 and WGS 495)
  • WGS 326 Feminist Methodologies (prerequisite for WGS 495)
  • WGS 398 Feminism in the Workplace 
  • WGS 495 Senior Seminar

Five Electives, including:

At least one WGS course at the 300 level or above

At least one of the following to fulfill the Global Requirement:

  • WGS 222 Nonviolence and Peace Action
  • WGS 260 Women of African Descent in Global Perspective
  • WGS 310 Women in Eastern Europe 1848-Present
  • WGS 327 European Social History Since 1789
  • WGS 360 Literature by Latinas and Latin American Women
  • WGS 375 Transnational Feminisms
  • WGS 376 Global Women Writers
  • WGS 377 Gender and Democracy

Other Courses You Will Take

Liberal Learning

WGSS majors are required to take a second language. WGSS majors may fulfill Liberal Learning requirements for WVWK, LVPA, SCHP, and BSCP, as well as Global and Race/Ethnicity, through WGS-prefix courses. In choosing Liberal Learning courses outside the major, students should focus on meeting requirements in Natural Science and Quantitative Reasoning.

Double Majors and Minors

For double majors in the School of Education, see the Education/WGSS Planner.

WGSS majors may easily double-major or add one or more minor by choosing electives that count toward both credentials. For double majors, choose up to three courses that are approved as electives for both academic programs. For minors, choose one course that is approved as an elective for both academic programs. The following majors and minors that share one or more electives with WGSS:

  • African American Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Communication Studies
  • Criminal Justice
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental Studies
  • History
  • Holocaust and Genocide Studies
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Music
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health
  • Religious Studies
  • Sociology

Sample Four-Year Course Sequences

WGSS Major with Liberal Learning Requirements

 

Year 1      

Fall

Spring

WGS 200: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies(WGS major #1 and Liberal Learning #1 BSCP) WGS Race & Ethnicity (recommended; WGS major #2 and Liberal Learning Race/Ethnicity)
Quantitative Reasoning (Liberal Learning #2) Natural Science (Liberal Learning #3)
Language (101 level) Language (102 level)
FSP (Liberal Learning) Free Elective or WRI 102: Academic Writing (if required)

 

Year 2

Fall

Spring

WGS Elective (WGS major #3) WGS Elective (WGS major #4)
Social Change in Historic Perspective (Liberal Learning #4 –can be covered through WGS courses) Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts (Liberal Learning #5–Can be covered through WGS courses)
Language (103 level) Free Elective
Free Elective Free Elective

 

Year 3

Fall

Spring

WGS Global (WGS major #5) WGS Elective (WGS major #6)
Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts OR World Views and Ways of Knowing (Liberal Learning #6–Can be covered through WGS courses) WGS 325: Feminist Theory (WGS major #7 and Liberal Learning #7 WVWK)
Free Elective Behavioral, Social, or Cultural Perspectives OR Social Change in Historic Perspective (Liberal Learning #8)
Free Elective Free Elective

 

Year 4

                                  Fall                                 

Spring

WGS 326: Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods (WGS major #8) WGS 495/496: Senior Seminar: Methods and Theory (WGS major #10)
WGS 398: Feminism in the Workplace (WGS major #9) Free Elective
Free Elective Free Elective
Free Elective Free Elective
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WGSS Major with Second Major or Minor and Liberal Learning

NOTE:  Some majors are more flexible than others. Students should meet with their advisors in both majors to work out their schedules.

Year 1      

Fall

Spring

WGS 200: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS major #1 and Liberal Learning #1 BSCP) WGS Race & Ethnicity (recommended; WGS major #2 and Liberal Learning Race/Ethnicity)
Quantitative Reasoning (Liberal Learning #2) Natural Science (Liberal Learning #3)
Language (101 level) Language (102 level)
FSP (Liberal Learning) Free Elective or WRI 102: Academic Writing (if required)

 

Year 2

Fall

Spring

 WGS Elective (WGS major #3)  WGS Elective (WGS major #4)
 Social Change in Historic Perspective (Liberal Learning #4 –Can be covered through WGS or other major/minor)  Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts (Liberal Learning #5–Can be covered through WGS or other major/minor)
 Language (103 level)  Second major/Minor
 Second major/Minor  Second major/Minor

 

Year 3

Fall

Spring

 WGS Global (WGS major #5, Liberal Learning Global)  WGS Elective (WGS major #6)
 Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts OR World Views and Ways of Knowing (Liberal Learning #6–Can be covered through WGS or other major/minor)  WGS 325: Feminist Theory (WGS major #7 and Liberal Learning #7 WVWK)
 Second major/minor  Behavioral, Social, or Cultural Perspectives OR Social Change in Historic Perspective (Liberal Learning #8–Can be covered through WGS or other major/minor)
 Second major/minor  Second major/minor

 

Year 4

                                  Fall                                 

Spring

 WGS 326: Intersectional Qualitative Research Methods (WGS major #8)  WGS 495/496: Senior Seminar: Methods and Theory (WGS major #10)
 WGS 398: Feminism in the Workplace (WGS major #9)  Second major/minor
 Second major/minor  Second major/minor
 Second major/minor  Second major/minor

 

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