Women and Gender Studies Program

BA in Women and Gender Studies

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The minimum number of credits (exclusive of the University's Core curriculum) required for the major: 36.

For students fulfilling the Capstone requirement with the Internship, the Women and Gender Studies major consists of 24 hours of required courses and 12 hours of Women and Gender Studies related courses. For students fulfilling the Capstone requirement with the Thesis, the Women and Gender Studies major consists of 27 hours of required courses and 9 hours of Women and Gender Studies related courses.

Required Courses (24-27 credit hours)

Either of the following (3 credit hours)
    WGS 101 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
    EYE 109 Gender, Representation, and Resistance

All of the following (11 credit hours)
    WGS 201 Rethinking Gender and Culture
    WGS 380 Politics of Difference
    WGS 390 Contemporary Feminist Theories
    WGS 490 Capstone Experience in Women and Gender Studies

One Topics Course from TWO of the following subject areas (6 credit hours)
    WGS 235/335/435 Topics in Science, Technology, and Health I/II/III
    WGS 245/345/445 Topics in Culture, and the Arts I/II/III
    WGS 255/355/455 Topics in History and Resistance I/II/III
    WGS 265/365/465 Topics in Gender and Institutions I/II/III

Either of the following (4-7 credit hours)
    WGS 485 Internship
    WGS 484 and 486, Two-Semester Thesis Sequence

Women and Gender Studies Related Courses: (9-12 credit hours)

  • Students may take no more than three electives from one department or program. No more than one course at the 100-level may be counted as an elective.

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