Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (BS)

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Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BS 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 & 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, Women's and Gender and Sexuality Studies program, students must:

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

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
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 First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
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, 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 three of the following, 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 four of the following, of which one must be at the 400+ level: 9-12
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
Black Women and the Criminology System
Faces of Global Poverty
Black Lesbian Lives
Motherhood and the Law
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 and the Criminology System
Black Women Novelists
Faces of Global Poverty
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
Women's Health in Africa
African American Women and the History of Reproductive Justice
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
Women and Medicine
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
Southern Women: Black and White
Women in East Asian History
Electives in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the 300-level or above6
Minimum Total Hours42
Supporting Courses
Select either an approved A&S minor or one of the concentration options described below27-33
Minor Options (Choose one of the following)
1. Minor in a Social Sciences 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 Humanities or Natural Sciences
• 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
Select one of the following Statistics, Research Methods, or Logic courses:3
Introduction to Social Statistics
Business Statistics
Introduction to Social Statistics
Research Methods in Pan-African Studies
POLITICAL SCIENCE RESEARCH METHODS
Statistics for Psychology
Research Methods for Psychology
Introduction to Social Statistics
Ethnographic Methods
Introduction to Logic
Minimum Electives 33-9
Minimum Total Hours39
Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Senior Seminar in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences

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

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 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
1

Completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on the language taken. Students who take fewer than 9 hours will require additional electives to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

2

May be incorporated into other  degree requirements

3

Students who satisfy General Education Requirements by courses defined by the program and those who satisfy the A&S foreign language requirement in fewer than 9 hours 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
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Humanities or Race & Gender elective 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Social Science elective 3
Course in minor or focus 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
WGST 203 Gender Issues in Public Dialogue 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality 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, Gender and Sexuality Studies Humanities elective and WR 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Social Science elective or Gender & Race elective 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies elective (300 level or above) 3
Course in minor or focus 3
 Hours16
Spring
Women's, Gender and Sexuality 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
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Humanities elective (400+ level) 3
Course in minor or focus 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
 Hours15
Spring
WGST 500 Senior Seminar in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Social Science elective (400+ level) 3
Course in minor or focus 3
Supporting course (outside of minor or focus) 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours121

Degree Audit Report
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  2. Click on the Academic Progress tile.
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