Major Requirements

The interdisciplinary major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies requires a minimum of 27 hours and must include the following courses:

  • WGS 221 (Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies),
  • WGS 320 (Feminist Theory) or another theory course such as ANT 329 (Feminist Anthropology), POL 277 (Feminist Political Thought), PHI 379/WGS 240 (Feminist Philosophy), SOC 309 (Sexuality in Society), WGS 377: Feminist, Womanist, and Mujerista Theologies (a THS 790 course that will be given a WGS undergraduate number), or another theory course approved by WGS,
  • WGS 321 (a research-intensive course in the field of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), and
  • A 3-hour course in public engagement — such as WGS 397 (internship), WGS 377 (Feminist Activism), WGS 377 (Human Rights-Theory and Practice), WGS 377 (Arts and Activism), or any approved WGS or WGS cross-listed course with a service-learning or public-engagement component.
  • The remaining elective courses (15 hours)must consist of WGS courses and courses approved for WGS credit (please consult the approved list on file with the director):
    • no more than 9 hours may come from one department or program;
    • no more than 6 hours from the 100 level may count toward the major;
    • no more than 6 hours from the student’s minor(s) may count toward the major.

Students pursuing the major are encouraged to enroll in WGS 221 by the fall semester of the junior year, Feminist Theory (WGS 320 or equivalent) by the spring semester of their junior year, and the capstone course (WGS 321) during their senior year.


From the Undergraduate Bulletin:

Options for Meeting Major Requirements

To satisfy graduation requirements, a student must select one, and only one, of the following options, which will receive official recognition on the student’s permanent record:

  1. A single major
  2. A single major and a minor
  3. A single major and a double minor
  4. A single major and a triple minor
  5. A double major
  6. A double major and a minor

In order to qualify for options 4 or 6, students must offer a minimum of 135 hours for graduation.

Double Majors

A student may major in two departments in the College with the written permission of the chair of each of the departments and on condition that the student meets all requirements for the major in both departments.  A student may not use the same course to meet requirements in both of the majors.  The student must designate one of the two fields as the primary major, which appears first on the student’s record and determines the degree to be awarded. Only one undergraduate degree will be awarded, even if the student completes two majors.