Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Associate Professor Manisha Desai and Asahi Hoque (CLAS)

Manisha Desai, associate professor of women’s studies and sociology meets with Asahi Hoque (’16 – CLAS).

Course descriptions

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.

Core Courses

Students are required to pass the following core courses (9 credits): WGSS 1105, 2250, 4994W.

Supporting Courses

Students are required to pass six additional 2000-level or above WGSS courses or courses cross-listed with WGSS (18 credits). At least two of these courses (six credits) must be non-cross-listed WGSS courses. Up to six credits of WGSS 3891 (Internship Program) may be counted toward the major. WGSS 3894 is no longer required when students take WGSS 3981.

Related Courses

Students must pass an additional 12 credits at the 2000-level or above in fields closely related to the major.

General Education Requirements

Passing core course WGSS 4994W will fulfill the information literacy competency and writing in the major requirements.

A minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is described in the Minors section.


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