Majoring in WGSS | Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Majoring in WGSS

The Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies major requires 30 credit hours:

Required Courses (15 hours)

  • WGSS 250: Intro to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • WGSS 270: Intro to LGBTQI studies
  • WGSS 333: Postcolonial/Transnational Feminisms
  • WGSS 350: Intro to Feminist Theory
  • WGSS 490: Senior Capstone Course in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Electives (15 hours)

Includes any 15 hours of approved WGSS courses. These may involve internship and independent study credits.

Possible electives: BCN 325; CED 574; COM 559; CST 559; CUI 555; ENG 331, 332, 531;ESS 532; HEA 260; HEA 302; HEA 333/NUR 330; HDF 407; HIS 304, 315, 328, 329, 359, 551, 555; KIN 532; PSC 335, 336; PSY 346; REL 309, 310; SOC 329, 354 MGT 354; MST 325; NUR 330; SPA 222; TED 555; WGSS 270, 333, 400*;450, 460, 493. Special topics courses or sections with central focus on women and gender may be approved for elective credit by the adviser.

*Only two Independent Studies equivalent to six credit hours may be taken toward the WGSS major.

WGSS Majors will learn:

  • To explain how gender is produced within social institutions and how these institutions affect individual lives.
  • To discuss histories of feminism as a social movement and feminist theories of social transformation.
  • To explain theories of embodiment, such as how bodies are constituted within social and biological discourses, or the relationship between embodiment and subjectivity, consciousness, and agency.
  • To critique how hegemonic feminism includes and/or excludes different theoretical perspectives, such as theories of racial formation and theories of sexuality.
  • To analyze the mutual constitution of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, nationality, and religion.
  • To explain gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, nationality, and religion from the perspective of postcolonial and transnational frameworks of analysis.
  • To identify how feminist theories are constructed and enacted both inside and outside of the classroom.
  • To identify the intellectual paradigms and political perspectives of different modes of knowledge production or interdisciplinary methodologies.
  • To analyze scholarship and a variety of media in order to create original arguments in writing.
  • To apply different modes of feminist praxis, such as fieldwork, performance, or research.


Find information on filing for graduation here.

Double Majoring

A double major in Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies and a disciplinary area of study is easy to accomplish and carries lots of advantages for students with interests in particular departmental majors and gender issues. What follows are descriptions of some popular double majors and a blueprint for completing both majors in eight semesters. The possibilities for double majors are not limited to these options. Talk to your departmental adviser and to your Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies adviser about designing a program to fit your needs.

A word of advice: many of the courses for the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies major and minor also carry general education credit. With some planning, you will find it easy to major or double major and prepare for a career or graduate school.