Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (BA)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2019–Spring 2020 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Arts in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Academic Plan Code(s): WGSTBA, WGSTBA_O

Program Information

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary major that draws its questions and approaches from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and arts. It helps students to develop theoretical, empirical, and methodological perspectives for studying gender as a crucial category for understanding the world. We offer extremely flexible scheduling for our majors: we have three core courses, offered regularly; students are allowed a fair amount of control in selecting the classes that will be most helpful to them in their chosen career path to complete the remainder of their requirements. Our students are required to engage in service learning opportunities outside the university, giving them useful career experience. Students in our program also find it easy to double major, if they so desire. 

Completion of this degree requires work to be submitted for the department’s Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements13
Program/Major Requirements 171-83
Minimum Total Hours121

Specific coursework information can be found on the Degree Requirements tab.


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

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors who are already thinking about pursuing an MA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies can speed up the process by applying some of their undergraduate credit hours toward a master's degree. The basic idea is to take three graduate level courses/nine hours (either 500-level with the additional graduate level assignments, or 600-level) while still an undergraduate, and then have those credits apply both toward the undergraduate degree and towards an eventual master's degree from UofL.

Students in the accelerated Master of Arts in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies program may take a maximum of nine hours for graduate credit, which will also apply to the requirements for the baccalaureate degree. 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.

Students must retain a 3.35 GPA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies during their senior year to remain in the program. Once admitted to the accelerated BA/MA program and starting the graduate work, students are expected to maintain a full graduate load of 9 credit hours.

Students in the accelerated BA/MA program must meet all of the MA requirements including receiving at least 18 of their 37-hour program in 600-level, courses.

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.

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 - D1, SB
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 Orientation1
or GEN 101 Arts and Sciences Orientation
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 - D1, SB3
WGST 401Community Internship3
WGST 500Senior Seminar in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences - CUE, WR3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Humanities Electives
Select 3 courses, of which one must be at the 400+ level: 9
Gender Issues in Public Dialogue - D1, OC
Introduction to Philosophy through Cultural Diversity - AH, D2
Humanities and Gender - AH, D2
Women in Music: A History - AH, D1
Women and Global Literature - AH, D2
Gender and Children's Literature - AH, D1
Women and Religion - AH, D2
Black Women Novelists - AH, D2, WR
Women in Africa: Historical and Literary Perspectives
Philosophy and Feminism - AH, D1
Women Writers and Filmmakers - WR
LGBTQ Literature in the United States - AH, D1
African-American Women in Theatre - AH, D1, WR
Women, Media and Culture - AH, D1
Queer Performance
Women's Personal Narratives
The Body in Popular Media - WR
Gender and Popular Music - WR
Art and Trauma
Feminist Philosophical Literature
Francophone Women Writers - WR
Gender, Race and Culture in Health Care
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Social Science Electives
Select 3 courses, of which one must be at the 400+ level: 9
Sex, Gender, and Culture
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
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 - D1, SBH, WR
Women in Latin American History
Faces of Global Poverty - WR
Black Lesbian Lives
Racism and Sexism - D1, SB
African-American Women - WR
Color Complex of Black Women
Women in American Politics
Women's Health Issues - D1, SB
Lectures in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Black Feminism in Action
Psychology of Women
Gender and Work
Sociology of Disabilities
Women: International Perspective
Gender in the Middle East
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
U.S. Social Justice Movements
Feminism in Western Civilization, 1790-1920 - WR
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S. - WR
History of American Sexualities - WR
Women in 19th-Century America - WR
Woman and Sport
Women's Health in Africa - WR
Black Women's Voices - WR
Language, Race, Class, and Gender
Feminist Theory - WR
Women in Developing Countries - WR
Women in East Asian History
Elective in Women/Gender and Race
Select one of the following: 3
Black Women Novelists - AH, D2, WR
Faces of Global Poverty - WR
Black Lesbian Lives
Women in Africa: Historical and Literary Perspectives
Racism and Sexism - D1, SB
African-American Women - WR
Color Complex of Black Women
African-American Women in Theatre - AH, D1, WR
Black Feminism in Action
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
U.S. Social Justice Movements
Women's Health in Africa - WR
Black Women's Voices - WR
Southern Women: Black and White
Language, Race, Class, and Gender
Gender, Race and Culture in Health Care
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 - D1, SBH, WR
Women in Latin American History
U.S. Social Justice Movements
Feminism in Western Civilization, 1790-1920 - WR
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S. - WR
History of American Sexualities - WR
Women in 19th-Century America - WR
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
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
• No more than 6 hours taken at the 200-level may be counted towards the concentration
• 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
• No more than 6 hours taken at the 200-level may be counted towards the concentration
• 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
• No more than 6 hours taken at the 200-level may be counted towards the concentration
• At least 12 hours must be 300+ level
• Up to 6 hours in the concentration can double-count in the major
Minimum Total Hours63-66

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 - CUE, WR

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 - WR3
WGST 393Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Humanities - WR3
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 - WR3
WGST 498Senior Honors Thesis: Social Sciences - WR3
WGST 499Senior Honors Thesis: Humanities - WR3
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 - WR3
WGST 593Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Humanities3
WGST 594Topics in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Humanities - WR3

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center Orientation
or Arts and Sciences Orientation
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing - WC 3
WGST 201 Women In American Culture - D1, SB 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 - D1, OC 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 3
MATH 105 Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
WGST 199
Writing in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies - WC
or Intermediate College Writing - WC
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  
 Hours12-13
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 3
Course in minor or focus 3
Foreign Language 3 3-4
 Hours15-16
Spring
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Social Science elective 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
WGST 500 Senior Seminar in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences - CUE, WR 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Humanities elective (400 level or above) 3
Course in minor or focus 3
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Course in minor or focus 3
Course in minor or focus (if needed) or general elective 3
General elective 9
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Social Science elective (400 level or above) 3
 Hours18
 Minimum Total Hours122-125

Degree Audit Report
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  1. Log into your ULink account.
  2. Click on the Student Services tab.
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Flight Planner
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