The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program is a flexible interdisciplinary academic program devoted to pursuit of knowledge concerning women and the critical analysis of the production of gender and sexuality within transnational and cross-cultural contexts. Combining the methods and insights of traditional academic disciplines with the special insights of feminist studies, gender studies, and sexuality studies, our courses focus on understanding the origins of and changes in diverse cultural and social arrangements. The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major is broad as well as flexible.
The Program is committed to a vision of people of diverse sexualities and genders that is truly transnational and cross-cultural and that recognizes the diversity of sexual and gender desires, practices, and identifications, as well as racial, ethnic, class and religious differences.
The Program prepares students to employ critical learning in their private lives, in their public roles as citizens and as members of the work force, and enhances their ability to advocate for gender and sexual justice. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies fosters interdisciplinary breadth and critical thinking and thus opens the way to a wide variety of career choices and graduate programs. Our students are flourishing in social service agencies, business, law, education, and journalism, and employers appreciate the broad interdisciplinary perspective of a Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies education.
Students are required to pass the following Core Courses:
- One 1000-level WGSS Introductory Course;
- WGSS 3265W;
- WGSS 2250 or PHIL 3218;
- WGSS 3891/3894;
- WGSS 4994W.
Students are required to pass five 2000-level or above Supporting Courses (15 credits). At least three of these courses will be Women’s, Gender, and Sexual Studies or cross-listed courses. Two of the five supporting courses may include cross-listed courses that cover special topics relevant to feminist scholarship in various departments. Such cross-listed courses will be applied to the major with approval of the Program Director or Academic Advisor.
Students may choose one or more of the following emphases to focus their field of study:
- Gender and Globalization/Transnational Feminisms;
- Gender, Science, and Health;
- Arts, History, and Culture.
These four emphases can readily reflect individual interests or complement a course of study in a second major. Participation in a defined emphasis is not required.
Students must pass an additional 12 credits at the 2000-level or above in fields closely related to the major. No required course in the major or in the related area may be taken pass/fail.
General Education Competencies
A minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is described in the Minors section.