Women's and Gender Studies (BS)

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This program was approved for students entering the university in the Summer 2018–Spring 2019 catalog year. For more information about catalog year, go to Catalog Year Information.

Bachelor of Science in Women’s and Gender Studies (WGSTBS)
Unit: College of Arts and Sciences (AS)
Department: Women's and Gender Studies

Program Information

Women's and gender 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 Student Learning Outcomes Measurement. For details, contact the department.

Degree Summary

General Education Requirements 131
College/School Requirements7-9
Program/Major Requirements 181-83
Minimum Total Hours121

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


Accelerated BA-BS/MA in WGS

Women's and Gender Studies majors who are already thinking about pursuing an MA in Women's and Gender 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 and Gender 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 and Gender Studies program, students must:

  • Complete an application for admission to the Women's and Gender Studies Department's Master of Arts program (including GRE scores, 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 and Gender Studies GPA of 3.35, and meet all other requirements for admission to the Women's and Gender Studies Department's Master of Arts program.

Students must retain a 3.35 GPA in Women's and Gender 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 36-hour program in 600-level, courses.

Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BS in Women’s and Gender 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 & Sciences Advising Center website: louisville.edu/artsandsciences/advising/apply.

Accelerated BA-BS/MA in WGS

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

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and satisfy the respective General Education Requirement(s):
Women In American Culture - D1, SB
Some program guided electives also may satisfy General Education requirements.

*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
Foreign Language 16-8
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at the 300 level or above 2
WR – two approved courses at the 300 level or above 2
Minimum Total Hours7-9

Program/Major Requirements

Women's and Gender Studies Core Courses
WGST 201Women In American Culture - D1, SB3
WGST 401Community Internship3
WGST 500Senior Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Social Sciences - CUE3
Women's and Gender Studies Humanities Electives
Select three of the following, 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
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
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 and Gender Studies Social Science Electives
Select four of the following, of which one must be at the 400+ level: 12
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 and Gender 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
American Woman in Sports
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
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
Electives in Women's and Gender Studies at the 300-level or above6
Supporting Courses
Choose one set: 27-33
Set 1: Minor in a Social Science discipline (18-21 hours) with electives at 300+ in Humanities or Natural Sciences (9 hours) OR focus in Social Sciences (18 hours, 200+ level, of Social Science electives). 12 hours must be 300+; at least 9 hours in a single Social Science discipline; only 6 hours in the Social Science focus can double-count in the major. Electives at 300+ in Humanities or Natural Sciences (9 hours).
Set 2: Minor in a Natural Science discipline (18-22 hours) with electives at 300+ in Social Sciences or Humanities (9 hours) OR focus in Natural Sciences (18 hours, 200+ level of Natural Science electives). 12 hours must be 300+; at least 9 hours in a single Natural Science discipline; only 6 hours in the Natural Science focus can double-count in the major. Electives at 300+ in Humanities or Social Sciences (9 hours).
Set 3: Minor in a Humanities discipline (18-24 hours) with electives at 300+ in Social Sciences or Natural Sciences (9 hours) OR focus in Humanities (18 hours, 200+ level of Humanities electives). 12 hours must be 300+; at least 9 hours in a single Humanities discipline; only 6 hours in the Humanities focus can double-count in the major. Electives at 300+ in Social Sciences or Natural Sciences (9 hours).
Select one of the following Statistics, Research Methods, or Logic courses:3
Elementary Statistics - QR
Business Statistics
Quantitative Analysis - QR
Research Methods in Pan-African Studies - WR
Contemporary Political Research
Statistics for Psychology
Research Methods for Psychology
Introduction to Social Statistics
Ethnographic Methods - WR
Introduction to Logic
Minimum Electives 33-9
Minimum Total Hours81
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Senior Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Social Sciences - CUE

Consult your WGST advisor about how the following Topics and Independent Study courses may count in your major:

WGST 390Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: Humanities3
WGST 391Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: Social Sciences3
WGST 392Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: Social Sciences (WR) - WR3
WGST 393Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: Humanities (WR) - WR3
WGST 490Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: Humanities3
WGST 498Senior Honors Thesis: Social Sciences - WR3
WGST 499Senior Honors Thesis: Humanities (WR) - WR3
WGST 589Independent Study: Women's and Gender Studies: Humanities1-3
WGST 590Independent Study: Women's and Gender Studies: Social Sciences1-3
WGST 591Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: Social Sciences3
WGST 592Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: Social Sciences (WR) - WR3
WGST 593Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: Humanities3
WGST 594Topics in Women's and Gender Studies: Humanities (WR) - 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
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Women's and Gender Studies Humanities elective 3
Women's and Gender Studies Social Science elective 3
Course in minor or focus 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
WGST 199 Writing in Women's and Gender Studies - WC 3
Women's and Gender Studies Race & Gender elective 3
WGST 203 Gender Issues in Public Dialogue - D1, OC 3
Women's and Gender Studies History elective 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH  
General elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
Statistics, Research Methods, or Logic course 3
Course in minor or focus 3
Supporting course (in discipline outside the minor or focus) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Year 3
Fall
Foreign Language 1 3-4
Women's and Gender Studies Humanities elective and WR 3
Women's and Gender Studies Social Science elective 3
Course in minor or focus 3
Women's and Gender Studies elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours16
Spring
Women's and Gender Studies Social Science elective 3
Supporting course (outside of minor or focus) 3
Course in minor or focus 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
General Elective 3
 Hours16
Year 4
Fall
WGST 401 Community Internship 3
WGST 500 Senior Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies: Social Sciences - CUE 3
Women's and Gender Studies Humanities elective (400+ level) 3
Course in minor or focus 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
Women's and Gender Studies Social Science elective (400+ level) 3
Course in minor or focus 3
Supporting course (outside of minor or focus) 3
Women's and Gender Studies elective (300 level or above) 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121

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