- Students are required to complete a total of 124 credits for the Bachelor of Arts degree, which includes the requirements for the WGS major and minor. The Women’s and Gender Studies major consists of 34 credits and a minimum of nine (9) courses – five (5) of which must be at the 3000 level or above.
- Area Requirements: Of their nine total required courses, students seeking a WGS major must take three courses, one (1) from each of the following categories: Area A – Global Contexts; Area B – Race/Ethnicity and Intersectionality, and Area C – Critical Sexuality and Gender Studies.
- All WGS majors are required to take the introductory course, WGS 1010 Gender and Society, WGS 3100 Feminist Theories in Action, a senior capstone/seminar, three courses that meet Area Requirements as outlined below, and three electives. A maximum of three (3) cross-listed courses may be used to fulfill major requirements.
- Major GPA: Students much achieve a final grade point average of a 2.0 or better in the major.
Courses Required of All WGS Majors
A. Global Contexts
Courses in this area examine gender-related issues in contexts that extend beyond the U.S., focusing on social, political, and economic issues and artistic productions rooted globally or internationally. This category emphasizes that women’s and gender issues extend across the world in cultures, societies, and cultural productions that are very different from those found in the U.S.
B. Race/Ethnicity and Intersectionality
Courses in this category focus on helping students understand the dynamics of intersectionality by emphasizing race and ethnicity in relation to gender.
- CRM 3380 - Race, Class and Crime Credits: 4
- ENG 3350 - Sex, Race, and Empire: 1660-1814 Credits: 4
- ENG 3860 - Beyond The Godfather: Italian American Women Writers Credits: 4
- ENG 3870 - Literature of the Harlem Renaissance Credits: 4
- HDE 3620 - Diversity in Practice with Families and Communities Credits: 4
- HIS 3439 - Slavery and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World, 1400-1800 Credits: 4
- SOC 2000 - Social Inequality - Class, Gender, and Race Credits: 4
- SPA 3310 - Latinx Cultures in the U.S. Credits: 4
- WGS 2010 - Introduction to Ethnic Studies Credits: 4
- WGS 2260 - Southwestern Women Writers and Artists Credits: 4
- WGS 2880 - Gender, Race, and War Credits: 4
- WGS 3000 - Thinking Green: Environmental Justice, Gender, and Animal Rights Credits: 4
- WGS 3300 - U.S. Women’s History Credits: 4
- WGS 3360 - Fieldwork in the American Southwest: Classroom without Walls Credits: 4
- WGS 3420 - Gender, Race, and the Media Credits: 4
- WGS 3630 - “Changing Woman:” The Reality and Myths of Native American Women Credits: 4
- WGS 3720 - Gender, Immigration, and the Law Credits: 4
- SPA 3630 - Studies in Popular Culture in Latin America and Spain Credits: 4
- SPA 4050 - Literature(s)/Culture(s) of Resistance Credits: 4
C. Critical Sexuality and Gender Studies
Courses in this category emphasize insights and analysis from critical fields such as Gender Studies and Sexuality Studies and incorporate an intersectional approach that teaches students to comprehend the complexity of gender identities and sexualities on local, national, and global levels.
Contact the director of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department for more information or with questions about becoming a Women’s and Gender Studies major or minor.
The following cross-listed courses count toward the Women’s and Gender Studies Major and Minor.
Communication Arts and Sciences
Religious and Theological Studies
Visual and Performing Arts
World Languages and Cultural Studies