Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

150 Extended Studies Building (XSB)

1633 SW Park Ave.



  • B.A., B.S.—Women's Studies
  • Minor in Women's Studies
  • Minor in Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies
  • Postbaccalaureate Certificate in Women's Studies

The Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers an interdisciplinary program designed to foster students’ personal and intellectual development and to prepare them for socially responsible citizenship as well as a broad range of careers. Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies advisers work closely with each student to craft a course of study appropriate to the student’s academic interests and post-graduate goals.

An expanding field of scholarship, women, gender, and sexuality studies is on the cutting edge of educational and intellectual innovation. Courses offered through many different disciplines explore how gender has shaped social, economic, and political institutions, culture, and language. Through these analyses, we envision what the world looks like once women’s experience is fully included in our thinking. The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies core curriculum encourages students to develop critical thinking skills and an appreciation for the range of theoretical frameworks and methodologies present in contemporary feminist scholarship. Courses incorporate the diversity of women’s experience with attention to race, class, and sexual orientation as well as gender. Core courses also encourage students’ active participation through discussion, informal as well as formal writing, and collaborative learning in the classroom.

Experiential learning plays an important role in a student’s progress through the women, gender, and sexuality studies curriculum. The program’s extensive and long-established ties with organizations in the metro area provide wide-ranging opportunities for students to apply their classroom knowledge in a community setting. Many students discover a life’s vocation through these experiences, and all develop new skills. Guidelines for women, gender, and sexuality studies internships, practica, and independent study are flexible in order to meet individual needs. A degree in Women's Studies provides the foundation for life-long learning as well as background and experience for careers in teaching, counseling and social work, business, law, health sciences, public administration, public relations, and research.

Women, gender, and sexuality studies students participate in planning the program’s educational, cultural, and social events and advise the faculty on matters of curriculum and educational policy. The program also maintains a resource library open to all students.

Degree Maps and Learning Outcomes

Admission requirements

Women’s Studies B.A./B.S.

Women's Studies Minor

Sexuality, Gender, and Queer Studies Minor

Women’s Studies Post-Baccalaureate Certificate

Women’s Studies B.A./B.S.

In addition to meeting the general University degree requirements, the student majoring in Women's Studies must complete a required core program of 36 credits (28 classroom hours, including a senior seminar, and 8 hours in experiential learning) and 20 credits of WGSS electives (with a minimum of 16 upper-division credits).

Each student pursuing a Women's Studies major will select or be assigned an adviser who is knowledgeable in the student’s area(s) of academic interest.

Courses taken under the undifferentiated grading option (pass/no pass) are not acceptable toward fulfilling major requirements with the following exceptions: one Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies elective course, WS 404 Cooperative Education/Internship, or WS 409 Practicum.


Core courses (28 credits)

WS 101Introduction to Women's Studies


WS 301Gender and Critical Inquiry


WS 305Women of Color Feminisms


WS 307Women, Activism and Social Change


WS 315Feminist Analysis


WS 412Feminist Methodologies


WS 415Senior Seminar


Experiential learning (8 credits)

WS 409Practicum


WS 411Experiential Learning Seminar


Electives (20 credits)

(minimum 16 upper-division courses)

Total Credit Hours: 56