Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS)

The Women’s and Gender Program offers a BA degree in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Educational Goal

The educational goal of Women’s and Gender Studies, an interdisciplinary field in content and approach, is to guide students to constructively question cultural, biological, political, and social constructions of femininity and masculinity and to identify how these constructions intersect with issues of class, race, ethnicity, religion and sexual preference.

Learning outcomes for students earning a BA in Women’s and Gender Studies

Students who successfully complete a major in WGS will:

  1. engage a developing body of knowledge on women & gender, while also learning key theoretical approaches for thinking about feminism, masculinity, masculinity, gender, and sexuality in national, local, and global contexts.
  2. develop analytical skills for studying about the phenomenon of gender in both the humanities and social and nature sciences
  3. engage in the intellectual, social and extracurricular life of the Wake Forest campus and of the broader community through community involvement, activism, and public engagement.

Assessment of Student Learning Outcomes

Currently, learning outcomes are assessed individually in each class, through appropriate measures stated in the course syllabi. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of the program, the assessments activities have included projects such as participation in professional conferences in the field, oral presentations and student colloquia, field experience, graphic art and posters, research projects, capstone course projects, reflective essays, focus groups, and exit interviews.

As an example, a specific assessment that takes place every year is the course WGS 101: Window on Women and Gender Studies. Students in this course attend a requisite number of events sponsored and/or endorsed by WGS and reflect in writing on the strategies, values, and academic knowledge central to Women’s and Gender Studies.