Women and Gender Studies Major

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The Women and Gender Studies Program works to make the diversity of women’s and gendered perspectives visible and to promote student success within an academic, professional, and personal context. Program knowledge seeks to provide students with the occasion to investigate the intersections of sex, gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, sexuality, and ability as dimensions of social identity, and as considered at local, national, and transnational levels.

This interdisciplinary program offers students a well-rounded undergraduate education leading to expertise in a wide variety of skills that prepare students for career and graduate school success. Students have an opportunity to understand themselves and their society within an inclusive view of the human experience.

Recent Women and Gender Studies graduates have gone on to highly competitive masters and doctorate programs in law, sociology, gender studies, history, social work, communications, public health, and English at nationally recognized research universities. Graduates stepping into the workforce have assumed careers as crisis counselors, government officials, librarians, human rights activists, and Peace Corps/AmeriCorps volunteers.

What can I do with a women and gender studies major?

Admission to the Program

Any undergraduate student can declare this major.

Program Requirements

Students in the women and gender studies major pursue either a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree, and must complete the corresponding degree's requirements.

Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher for all courses in the major.


  • WMS 101 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • WMS 271 Gender, Race and Class
  • WMS 360 Sex and Culture
  • WMS 409 Feminist Theory
  • WMS 411 Feminist Research Methods
  • WMS 420 Practicum in Women and Gender Studies (3-9 credits)
  • WMS 421 Senior Seminar in Women and Gender Studies
  • FOUR electives from approved, interdisciplinary cross-listed courses

Total Number of Credits: 36

Student Learning Outcomes

Students who successfully complete the women and gender studies major will be able to:

  1. Describe how patriarchy has operated historically.
  2. Identify ways systems of sex and gender oppressions function in society.
  3. Analyze constructs of sex and gender roles as they intersect other social categories across cultures.
  4. Evaluate conceptual and methodological knowledge of women and gender studies scholarship in research.
  5. Apply knowledge of women and gender studies in activism and real-world practice.
  6. Integrate lived experiences into contemporary issues concerning women and gender.
  7. Defend discipline-specific expertise in one or more specialized areas under women and gender studies.