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How do I get a degree in Women & Gender Studies?

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Your courses will challenge you academically, politically, personally and give you the expertise to deal positively and effectively with gender issues facing individuals and society.

  • The Introduction to Women & Gender Studies (WGST 2010) examines women's roles in society from multiple perspectives and disciplines
  • Theory and methods courses (WGST 3710 and 3720) give you the intellectual grounding and analytical tools to evaluate feminist critical scholarship
  • Your electives in a range of fields will expand your horizons and allow you to analyze the connections between gender inequalities and other forms of discrimination such as race, class, sexuality, and ethnicity
  • In a seminar, you put methods and theories together to address a compelling problem and write a thesis paper.
  • In your final year, a capstone course pulls all the threads together by focusing on a single text, complex question, vexing issue, or intractable public policy.

The curriculum of the Women's and Gender Studies Program is centered around the following pedagogical principles and desired outcomes:


Learning Goals

  • Recognize gender as a system of social relationships and shared practices that shape categories of gender and sexuality.  
  • Differentiate and compare a variety of theoretical interdisciplinary frameworks within Women’s and Gender Studies.
  • Identify the intersections among gender and other social and cultural identities, including, but not limited to, race, ethnicity, national origin, religion, class, and sexuality.
  • Critique how this gender system functions in social, economic, cultural, religious, and/or political understandings of “masculinity” and “femininity,” “gay” and “straight,” and “bisexual” and “transgender.”
  • Analyze how gendered societal categories, institutions, and power structures affect the material realities of lives of differently gendered individuals around the globe.
  • Understand the history, assumptions, and theories and theorists, of women, gender, and sexuality and recognize its epistemological and methodological diversity and character.
  • Identify major influences within key historic feminist and LGBTQ movements. These influences may include activists, authors and/or writings, or legislation.
  • Recognize stereotypes and the naturalization of hierarchies of difference through analyzing power dynamics from the micro to the macro level.

Skill goals

  • Communicate effectively using gender analytics as a tool for academic research, for creative production, for collaborative work, and/or for practices of social change.
  • Evaluate and interpret information from a variety of sources including print and electronic media, film, video, and other information technologies.
  • Articulate connections between global, regional, and local issues, and their relationship to women’s experiences and to human rights, with an awareness of the importance of context.
  • Engage in and analyze concepts, as well as exhibit creative and holistic problem solving skills.
  • Connect theory with practice through a service learning or internship experience to promote social justice and human rights.
  • Construct socially responsible ethical frameworks that are informed by historical consciousness of transnational contexts.


Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Women & Gender Studies

Here’s what it takes: It’s 55 quarter credits, five required courses and six elective courses of your choice from an array of disciplines. The required courses are:

  • WGST 2010—Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • WGST 3710—Feminist Theories
  • WGST 3720—Feminist Methodologies
  • WGST 4010—Women and Gender Studies Seminar
  • WGST 4800—A Capstone Course on Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Major in Women and Gender Studies (Degree Requirements)

Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Women & Gender Studies with Departmental Honors

This is an opportunity to deepen your research skills as you work closely with a Women & Gender Studies faculty mentor. If your overall GPA is 3.5 or higher, you can work on an empirically rigorous and theoretically grounded individual research or creative project on a subject of your choice. In addition to the 55 credits for the BA, you will take three courses:

  • WGST 4770—Honors: Directed Reading
  • WGST 4780—Honors: Directed Study
  • WGST 4790—Honors: Thesis Supervision

Major in Women and Gender Studies with Departmental Honors (Degree Requirements)

Bachelor of Arts with a Minor in Women & Gender Studies

If you simply want to add a Minor in Women & Gender Studies to complement your major in another field, you need to take just 30 credits.

  • WGST 2010—Introduction to Women & Gender Studies
  • WGST 4010—Women & Gender Studies Seminar
  • Electives from approved list (20 credits)

Minor in Women and Gender Studies (Degree Requirements)