College of Arts and Sciences
Women and Gender Studies

Program Summary

  • The program of courses which comprises the women and gender studies curriculum will enable students to examine women’s and men’s roles in society from multiple perspectives and disciplines; to understand and evaluate feminist and masculinities critical scholarship and to apply them across disciplines and in all areas of life; to analyze the connections between gender inequalities and other forms of discrimination (race, class, ethnicity, etc.); and to develop abilities and skills to deal positively and effectively with gender issues for individuals and society.

    Students can take Women and Gender Studies as a stand-alone major or they may choose to take an additional, complementary major. The program is designed in such a way that this is feasible within four years.

    Degrees and Specializations Offered

    Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Women and Gender Studies: In order to earn a bachelor of arts degree with a major in Women and Gender Studies, students must complete a minimum of 180 quarter credits with a cumulative grade point average of 2.00. Among the electives no more than 10 credits can be taken in any one discipline and no less than 20 credits need to be in upper-division courses. Several Women and Gender Studies courses have been identified as satisfying core requirements. Those courses may be used to fill major requirements or major electives while also fulfilling university core requirements. The credit for each course completed is included in totals only once.

    Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Women and Gender Studies with Departmental Honors: Women and Gender Studies Program Honors offers the opportunity for motivated majors to engage in intensive interaction with faculty members and to complete engaging and challenging individual resarch projects that will further their personal and professional goals as they relate to women and gender studies and issues. All honors students are supervised by the program coordinator, while they are mentored by a selected faculty mentor on their individual projects.

    • Application to the Major: To be selected for women and gender studies program honors the student must have senior standing and a minimum general and women studies major/program grade point average of 3.50. Eligible students will receive a letter of invitation to apply for women and gender studies program honors during spring of their junior year.
    • Completion of the Major: During senior year, women and gender studies program honors students will take the women and gender studies honors course sequence (WMST 477 for three credits in fall quarter; WMST 478 for four credits in winter quarter; WMST 479 for three credits in spring quarter) under the direction of their faculty mentor, while their overall honors program is supervised by the program coordinator. The 10 credits earned in this program honors sequence are in addition to the 55 credits required to earn a major in women studies. Expectations of students selected for program honors include completing an honors thesis on an original topic related to women and gender studies issues. Students who commit themselves to program honors must complete their thesis project with a minimum grade of A- and present their projects orally on a date and time to be determined by the Director of Women and Gender Studies and the Honors Project Coordinator. Students who complete program honors must earn 65 credits in courses that meet Women and Gender Studies requirements (10 more than the usual major requirement and earn a cumulative and major/program grade point average of 3.50).

    Minor in Women and Gender Studies: In order to earn a minor in women and gender studies, students must complete 30 credits in women and gender studies, with a minor/program grade point average of 2.50. Click here for degree requirements.

    • Not more than 10 credits may be taken in any one discipline. At least 15 credits must be from upper-division courses. At least 15 credits must be taken at Seattle University, five credits of which must be WMST 401 .
    • As soon as a student decides to pursue a minor in women and gender studies, she or he should contact the director. In consultation with the director, students will choose an advisor and begin to design programs that fit their specific interests and best complement their majors. The advisor helps decide on particular courses, assures that all requirements of the minor are fulfilled, that the minor is noted on the transcript, and provides information on further study and/or career opportunities.
    • Courses selected for the minor may include those which fulfill university core or elective requirements, and those taken to fulfill a major.