Women's Council
  Wesleyan's all-female a cappella group Touch of Class performs at a Council for IWU Women event. 
Women's and Gender Studies Major

Overview

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Illinois Wesleyan offers feminist perspectives on the human experience, analyzes the role of women in history, challenges cultural assumptions about women, emphasizes the contributions of women and discusses the larger, global disadvantages that are faced by women in the United States and abroad.

Because Women's and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program, our courses are offered by departments across the curriculum. Courses are open to all students, regardless of gender, and most offer general education credit to meet diverse IWU requirements.

Our alumnae and alumni go on to pursue graduate school and/or build careers in such areas as education, government, social work, history, law, business, health care, psychology, religion and literature.

 
Dani Snyder-Young

Dr. Dani Snyder Young

Curious about your women's studies professors? Learn more about our distinguished women's and gender studies faculty.

Sample Four-Year Curriculum

This is just an example of a four-year plan for WGS; your actual schedule can/will deviate from this sample. Your faculty advisor will work with you to match appropriate courses with your interests. Please consult with the WGS Director if any questions arise.

Fall Semester

Spring Semester

May Term

Fall Semester

  • WGS 490 Senior Seminar
  • Elective or Course for Second Major or Minor
  • Elective or Course for Second Major or Minor
  • Elective or Course for Second Major or Minor

Spring Semester

  • Elective or Course for Second Major or Minor
  • Elective or Course for Second Major or Minor
  • Elective or Course for Second Major or Minor
  • Elective or Course for Second Major or Minor

May Term

  • Optional

¹ Absolutely required, no exceptions.

² Strongly recommended, but not absolutely required if there are special circumstances.

³ Suggested as a definite alternative to be considered, but not necessarily recommended as the only choice.

 

Once enrolled, all students will have a degree evaluation tool available to them on MyIWU. This will help you determine what courses are required to graduate on time.