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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Undergraduate Major (BA, BS, CRED, HBA, HBS) Major/Option offered thru Ecampus - Distance Ed

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The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major represents an interdisciplinary curriculum composed of course work in the social sciences and humanities with gender as the focal point of analysis. The curriculum examines women’s experiences, past and present, through feminist theory and research to better understand differences in power and privilege based on gender as well as race and ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, sexual identity, age, physical appearance, and mental or physical ability. Many classes incorporate a social activism component, and students are required to complete an internship to put their course work into action as well as a senior research project to understand and contribute to the scholarship in this field.



A total of 51 credits is required for the major, 43 credits of required Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies core courses and 8 credits of elective courses chosen from Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies or Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program courses. An approved program course is one that has a focus on gender and/or women's issues, is taught in a unit other than the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, and has been approved as fulfilling the requirements of a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies course.

No more than 9 credits of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program courses may be used toward the major. All required course work must be taken on campus and no more than 6 credits of online elective course work can be used toward the on-campus major.

Baccalaureate Core (48 credits excluding WIC)


Liberal Arts Core (15 credits)

Fine Arts (3)
Humanities (3)
Non-Western Culture (3)
Social Sciences (3)
Plus one additional course from the above areas (3)

College of Liberal Arts BA/BS Requirements (15)


Free Electives to allow for a minor or second major (51)


WGSS Major Requirements (51 credits)

With the exception of WIC, courses used to satisfy requirements for the major may not be used to meet baccalaureate or liberal arts core requirements.

Core (43)

WGSS 223. *Women: Self and Society (3)
WGSS 224. *Women: Personal and Social Change (3)
WGSS/QS 262. *Introduction to Queer Studies (3)
WGSS 270. Violence Against Women (3)
WGSS 410. Internship (3)
WGSS 414. *Systems of Oppression in Women’s Lives (4)
WGSS 416. Theories of Feminism (4)
WGSS 418. Feminist Research Methods (4)
WGSS 430. Women of Color Feminisms (4)
WGSS 460. ^Women and Sexuality (3)
WGSS 480. *Women in a Cross-Cultural Context (4) [Pending approval]
WGSS 498. Senior Seminar (4)

Electives (8)

WGSS Electives
ANTH/ES/WGSS/WLC 373. Approaches to Social Justice (3)
ES/WGSS/QS 431. *Queer of Color Critiques (4)
ES/WGSS/QS 472. ^Indigenous Queer and Two-Spirit Studies (4)
PHL/WGSS 417. Feminist Philosophies (3)
PSY/WGSS 466. *Fat Studies (3)
WGSS 199. Special Studies (3)
WGSS 230. *Women in the Movies (3)
WGSS 235. *Women in World Cinema (3)
WGSS 240. *Gender and Sport (3)
WGSS 280. *Women Worldwide (3)
WGSS 299. Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3)
WGSS 320. *Gender and Technology (3)
WGSS 325. *Disney: Gender, Race, Empire (3)
WGSS 340. *Gender and Science (3)
WGSS 350. *Politics of Motherhood in a Global Context (3)
WGSS 360. *Men and Masculinities in a Global Context (3)
WGSS 364. *Transgender Politics (3)
WGSS 380. *Muslim Women (3)
WGSS 399. Topics in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (1–6)
WGSS 402. Independent Study (3)
WGSS 406. Projects (1–16)
WGSS 440. *Women and Natural Resources (3)
WGSS 450. Ecofeminism (3)
WGSS/QS 462 *Queer Theories (4)
WGSS 465. Women, Weight, and Body Image (3)
WGSS/QS 473. Transgender Lives (3)
WGSS 482. Global Perspectives on Women's Health (4)
WGSS 486. Global Experience I (1)
WGSS 487. Global Experience II (1)
WGSS 488. Global Experience III (1)
WGSS 490. Self-Esteem and Personal Power (3)
WGSS 495. *Global Feminist Theologies (4)
WGSS 496. *Feminist Theologies in the United States (4)
WGSS 499. Topics (1-6)

Program Course Electives
ANTH 473. *Gender, Ethnicity, and Culture (4)
COMM 432. Gender and Communication (3)
ENG 362. *American Women Writers (4)
ENG 416. *Power and Representation (4)
ENG 497. *International Women’s Voices (4)
ENG 498. Women and Literature (4)
ES 437. *(En)Gendering Asian Pacific America (4)
ES 457. *Literature by Women of Color in the United States (4)
HDFS 444. Family Violence and Neglect (4)
HDFS 447. *Families and Poverty (4)
HST 362. Women in United States History (4)
HST 368. *Lesbian and Gay Movements in Modern America (4)
HST 390. *Mideast Women: In Their Own Words (4)
HST 432. The History of Sexuality (4)
HST 435 The History of European Women From 1400 to 1789 (4)
PS 317. Gender and Politics (4)
PS 363. *Gender and Race in American Political Thought (4)
PS 425. *Gender and the Law (4)
PSY 426. *Psychology of Gender (4)
PSY 456. Social Development (4)
SOC 312. *Sociology of the Family (4)
SOC 430. Gender and Society (4)
SOC 466. International Development: Gender Issues (4)
SOC 480. *Environmental Sociology (4)

Total=180

 

Footnotes:

* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)


Major/Option offered thru Ecampus - Distance Ed - Signifies that the Major/Option can be completed thru Ecampus - Distance Ed

Major Code: 808

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