Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (BA)

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Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on courses in the major. 

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts and Sciences Advising Center website.


Accelerated BA-BS/MA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Interested students should apply for entry into the accelerated program no later than the end of their Junior year.

To be considered for admission to the Accelerated Master of Arts in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies program, students must:

  • Complete an application for admission to the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department's Master of Arts program (including transcripts, two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, and a writing sample) no later than the end of their junior year.
  • Have a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.35, a Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies GPA of 3.35, and meet all other requirements for admission to the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department's Master of Arts program.
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General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements31
The following courses are required by the program and satisfy the respective General Education Requirement(s):
Women In American Culture
Additional coursework may satisfy program and General Education requirements (e.g., WGST 203 or WGST 207).

All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
Electives in Humanities, Social Sciences, or Natural Sciences at the 300 level or above 3
Foreign Language 212
WR - two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours13

Program/Major Requirements

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Core Courses
WGST 201Women In American Culture 3
WGST 401Community Internship3
WGST 500Senior Seminar in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Humanities Electives
Select up to 3 courses, of which one must be at the 400+ level: 6-9
Seeing Gender: Introduction to Gender in Visual Studies
Gender Issues in Public Dialogue
Introduction to Philosophy through Cultural Diversity
Humanities and Gender
Women in Music: A History
Women and Global Literature
Gender and Children's Literature
Women and Religion
Black Women Novelists
Women in Africa: Historical and Literary Perspectives
Philosophy and Feminism
Women Writers and Filmmakers
LGBTQ Literature in the United States
African-American Women in Theatre
Women, Media and Culture
Queer Performance
Women's Personal Narratives
The Body in Popular Media
Gender and Popular Music
Art and Trauma
Feminism and Science Fiction
Feminist Philosophical Literature
Francophone Women Writers
Health and Social Justice
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Social Science Electives
Select up to 3 courses, of which one must be at the 400+ level: 6-9
DIGITAL FEMINISM-SBD2
World LGBTQ+ Cinema
Sex, Gender and Culture
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
LGBTQ and Applied Healthcare
Sociology of Women's Health
Sociology of Gender
Gender, Sexuality & Law
Queer Politics
Communication and Gender
The History of Women, 1700 to the Present
History of Childhood in America
Women in Latin American History
Motherhood and the Law
Black Women and the Criminology System
Faces of Global Poverty
Black Lesbian Lives
Racism and Sexism
African-American Women
Color Complex of Black Women
Women in American Politics
Women's Health Issues
Lectures in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Black Feminism in Action
Psychology of Women
Gender and Work
Sociology of Disabilities
Sexual Assault and the Legal System
Reproductive Justice
Domestic Violence
Women: International Perspective
Gender in the Middle East
Women and Medicine
Transnational Feminism
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century
Feminism in Western Civilization, 1790-1920
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S.
History of American Sexualities
Women in 19th-Century America
Woman and Sport
Women's Health in Africa
African American Women and the History of Reproductive Justice
Black Women's Voices
Language, Race, Class, and Gender
Feminist Theory
Women in Developing Countries
Women in East Asian History
Elective in Women/Gender and Race
Select two of the following: 6
Black Women Novelists
Faces of Global Poverty
Black Lesbian Lives
Black Women and the Criminology System
Women in Africa: Historical and Literary Perspectives
Racism and Sexism
African-American Women
Color Complex of Black Women
African-American Women in Theatre
Black Feminism in Action
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century
African American Women and the History of Reproductive Justice
Women's Health in Africa
Black Women's Voices
Southern Women: Black and White
Language, Race, Class, and Gender
Health and Social Justice
Elective in Women/Gender and History
Select one of the following: 3
The History of Women, 1700 to the Present
History of Childhood in America
Women in Latin American History
U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century
Women and Medicine
Feminism in Western Civilization, 1790-1920
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S.
History of American Sexualities
Women in 19th-Century America
Southern Women: Black and White
Women in East Asian History
Elective in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the 300-level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours36
Supporting Courses
Select either an approved A&S minor OR one of the concentration options below27-30
Minor Options (Choose one of the following)
1. Minor in a Social Science discipline (18-21 hours) with 9 hours of electives at 300+ level in Humanities or Natural Sciences
2. Minor in a Natural Science discipline (18-21 hours) with 9 hours of electives at 300+ level in Humanities or Social Sciences
3. Minor in a Humanities discipline (18-21 hours) with 9 hours of electives at 300+ level in Social Sciences or Natural Sciences
Concentration Options (Choose one of the following)
1. Concentration in Social Sciences (18 hours of Social Science electives) with 9 hours of electives at 300+ level in Natural Sciences or Humanities
• At least 9 hours in a single Social Science discipline
• At least 12 hours must be 300+ level
• Up to 6 hours in the concentration can double-count in the major
2. Concentration in Natural Sciences (18 hours of Natural Science electives) with 9 hours of electives at 300+ level in Humanities or Social Sciences
• At least 9 hours in a single Natural Science discipline
• At least 12 hours must be 300+ level
• Up to 6 hours in the concentration can double-count in the major
3. Concentration in Humanities (18 hours of Humanities electives) with 9 hours of electives at 300+ level in Natural Sciences or Social Sciences
• At least 9 hours in a single Humanities discipline
• At least 12 hours must be 300+ level
• Up to 6 hours in the concentration can double-count in the major
Minimum Electives11-14
Minimum Total Hours41

Students should consult a Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies advisor about how topics and independent study courses count in the major (see list below).

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Senior Seminar in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Topics/Independent Study courses

WGST 390Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Humanities3
WGST 391Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences3
WGST 392Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences 3
WGST 393Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Humanities 3
WGST 490Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Humanities3
WGST 491Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences3
WGST 492Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences 3
WGST 493Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Humanities 3
WGST 498Senior Honors Thesis: Social Sciences 3
WGST 499Senior Honors Thesis: Humanities 3
WGST 589Independent Study: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Humanities1-3
WGST 590Independent Study: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies-Social Sciences1-3
WGST 591Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences3
WGST 592Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences 3
WGST 593Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Humanities3
WGST 594Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Humanities 3
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In addition to the Humanities courses required in the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Core

2

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language

3

May be incorporated into other degree requirements

4

Students who satisfy General Education Requirements by courses defined by the program will require additional electives to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
WGST 201 Women In American Culture 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
 Hours14
Spring
WGST 203 Gender Issues in Public Dialogue 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Global Diversity - SBD2 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Humanities elective or general elective 3
MATH 105 Quantitative Reasoning 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
WGST 199
Writing in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
or Intermediate College Writing
3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Race & Gender elective 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
 Hours15-16
Spring
Foreign Language 2 3-4
General elective 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies History elective 3
Course in minor or focus 3
Supporting course (outside of division of minor or focus) 3
 Hours15-16
Year 3
Fall
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies elective (300 level or above) 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Humanities WR elective 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Social Science elective or general elective 3
Course in minor or focus 3
Foreign Language 3 3-4
 Hours15-16
Spring
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Social Science electives 6
Supporting course (outside of minor or foucs) 3
Supporting course (outside of minor or focus) 3
Course in minor or focus 3
Foreign Language 4 (if necessary) 3
 Hours18
Year 4
Fall
WGST 401 Community Internship 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Humanities elective (400 level or above) 3
Course in minor or focus 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Race & Gender Elective 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
WGST 500 Senior Seminar in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences 3
Course in minor or focus 3
Course in minor or focus (if needed) or general elective 3
General elective 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Social Science elective (400 level or above) 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122-125

Degree Audit Report
Degree Audit reports illustrate how your completed courses fulfill the requirements of your academic plan.  What-if reports allow you to compare the courses you have completed in your current academic plan to the courses required in another academic plan.  Should you have questions about either report, please consult with your academic advisor.

To create either report:

  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
  3. Next, click on "View my Degree Audit" to run a Degree Audit report in the Undergraduate Advising area. 
  4. To create a What-if report, click on "Create a What-if Advisement Report."

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Flight Planner
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