Women's & Gender Studies

Major Requirements

The major in Women's and Gender Studies requires a minimum of ten courses (four courses must be at the 300 - 400 level) to include:

  1. WGS 101: Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (CSI, U)
  2. HIST 244 : Women and the American Experience (CHC, U)
  3. Six additional courses designated as Women's and Gender Studies (See below.) Courses must be chosen from at least 2 different divisions, schools, or programs, and within those, from at least 3 different departments or disciplines. WGS 270, 370, 397, and 450 may also count in these six.
  4. One course from:
    1. ANTH 252: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspectives (SI, G, W)
    2. ANTH 350: Health and Healing in Cross-Cultural Perspective (G, W)
    3. ENGL 129: Third World Women Speak (LIT, G)
    4. HIST 343: Migration, Ethnicity, and Race (CHC, U)
    5. LC 207: Language & Gender (CSI, G)
    6. LC 350: Terrible Perfection: Women in Russian Literature and Cinema (LIT, G)
    7. SOC 354: Gender and Globalization (G)
  5. WGS 490: Senior Seminar (W)

Courses for WGS

I. HUMANITIES

ENGL 120: Women in Literature (LIT)
ENGL 122: A Woman’s Place (LIT)
ENGL 123: Bad Girls (LIT)
ENGL 129: Third World Women Speak (LIT, G)
ENGL 170: Special Topics--20th Century Women Writers (LIT); Jane Austen and Economics (LIT)
ENGL 220: Literature and its Signs: An (Un)Suitable Job for a Woman (LIT); New Woman: A Literary History (LIT)
ENGL 222: Shakespeare’s Shrews (LIT, W) [Formerly ENG 220]
ENGL 255: Hip-Hop: A Literary Study (LIT, U, W)
ENGL 257/HIST 257: Promised Land (CHC, U)
ENGL 351: Manifest Destinies: American Literature to 1865 (LIT, U)
ENGL 370: Special Topics*
ENGL 381: Thinking Queer/Reading Queer (LIT, U)
ENGL 394: Death, Gender, Power (LIT)
GRS 312: Sex and Gender in Ancient Greece and Rome (CHC, W)
HUM 370: Women in Popular Music (U)
LC 207: Language and Gender (CSI, G)
LC 247: Fairy Tales of the 20th Century (AV)
LC 350: Women in Russian Literature & Cinema (LIT, G)
PHIL 230: Philosophy of Feminism (AV, U)
REL 106: Women, Religion, and Spirituality (CSI, G)
REL 324: Sexuality and Christianity (AV)

II. SOCIAL SCIENCES

ANTH 245/345 World Music (IT, G)
ANTH 252: Gender in Cross-Cultural Perspective (CSI, G, W)
ANTH 350: Health and Healing in Cross-Cultural Perspective (G, W)
HIST 144: The Gilded Age, 1865-1900 (CHC, U) [Formerly 344]
HIST 244: Women and the American Experience (CHC, U)
HIST 249: Growing Up in America (CHC, U)
HIST 257/ENGL 257: Promised Land (CHC, U)
HIST 323: Sex, Gender, and Power under King James (CHC)
HIST 343: Migrations, Ethnicity, and Race (CHC, U)
HIST 350: Women, Work, and Leisure, 1890-1930 (CHC, U)
HIST 370: Studies in History*
PSCI 220: Women and Politics (CSI, U)
PSCI 270: Special Topics*
PSCI 342: The Politics of Presence (W)
SOC 222: Sex and Gender in Society (CSI, U)
SOC 270/370: Special Topics*
SOC 311: Marriage and Family
SOC 328: Criminology
SOC 345: Intersectionality (IT, U)
SOC 354: Gender and Globalization (G)
SOC 380: Sociology of Sexualities [Formerly SOC 270/370]

III. NURSING/HEALTH

HLTH 310: Special Topics in Health*
HLTH 330: Human Sexuality (AV)
HLTH 351: Abuse in America (AV)

IV. NATURAL SCIENCES

PSYC 333: Psychology of Gender (U) (prerequisite PSYC 100; some sections for Psychology majors only) [Formerly PSYC 374]

V. FINE ARTS

THEA 370: Special Topics*
MUS 245/345 World Music (IT, G)
MUS 350 or 359 or 370: Women in Popular Music (U)

VI. WOMEN’S AND GENDER STUDIES

WGS 270: Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
WGS 370: Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
WGS 370/MUS 359: Women in Popular Music (U)
WGS 397: Internship
WGS 450: Independent Study

*Applies if course has significant women’s and/or gender issues content. Contact Women’s and Gender Studies Director for approval.