Women and Gender Studies


Effective 1 June 2016 through 31 May 2017

Please see the Undergraduate Catalog Archives for PDF versions of past catalogs.

This program offered by College of Arts & Sciences/Anthropology & Sociology Department

Program Description

The women and gender studies program provides students with an interdisciplinary approach to studying women, gender, and sexuality locally, nationally, and globally. Courses in women and gender studies emphasize women's contributions to society and the social, economic, and cultural institutions that oppress and empower men and women.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe the sex/gender system in relation to intersecting structural constraints.
  • Discuss feminist and gender theories and methodologies in relation to feminist activism and practices.
  • Analyze the different roles men and women play in the oppression and empowerment of women.
  • Illustrate women's contributions to culture, politics, religion, and the arts and sciences within the U.S. and across the globe.
  • Critically analyze, interpret, and integrate interdisciplinary source materials, and produce original scholarship in women and gender studies.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 128 credit hours consisting of the following:

  • 36 required credit hours in the women and gender studies program
  • Within the required 36 hours, 15 hours must be at the 3000 level and above with at least 6 hours at the 4000 level.
  • Applicable University Global Citizenship Program hours
  • Electives

Students cannot simultaneously have a major and minor or certificate in women and gender studies.

Courses completed with a grade below a C- do not count toward fulfilling the specific course requirements of the major.

No more than 6 credit hours obtained in practica, independent learning experiences, reading courses, and assessment of prior learning may be applied toward the 36 credit hours required for a major.

Transfer students can apply up to 15 credit hours of approved WGST course work from other colleges/universities towards the WGST major.


The 36 credit hours required for the women and gender studies major include the following:

  • WGST 1020 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies (3 hours)
    or WGST 1010 Studying Women Across the Disciplines (3 hours)
  • WGST 2010 Feminist and Gender Theory (3 hours)
  • WGST 3710 Feminist Research Methods (3 hours)
  • WGST 4650 Women and Gender Studies Capstone (3 hours)
  • Women and Gender Studies electives (9 hours)
  • Women and Gender Studies category courses (15 hours) distributed as follows:

Social and Physical Sciences (9 hours)

Courses in this category analyze issues in Women and Gender Studies with an empirical approach, focusing on fields of contemporary human society, including anthropology, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, science, biology, and nursing. These courses place special emphasis on quantitative and qualitative data analysis.

  • WGST 2210 Gender, Population, and the Environment (3 hours)
  • WGST 2225 Women: Power, Place, and Person (3 hours)
  • WGST 2260 Men and Masculinities (3 hours)
  • WGST 3230 Domestic Violence (3 hours)
  • WGST 3270 Female Sexuality and Society (3 hours)
  • WGST 4210 Feminist Science (3 hours)
  • WGST 4220 Gender, Justice, and Human Rights (3 hours)
  • WGST 4240 Feminism and Families (3 hours)
  • ANTH 3230 Cross-Cultural Masculinities (3 hours)
  • ANTH 4330 Global Sex/Gender Systems (3 hours)
  • NURS 3500 Issues in Women’s Health (3 hours)
  • POLT 2060 Politics and Gender (3 hours)
  • PSYC 2700 Psychology and Women (3 hours)

Humanities and the Arts (3 hours)

Courses in this category emphasize analytic, critical, or speculative methods to analyze issues in Women and Gender Studies, including the disciplines of art history, the visual and performing arts, English, film studies, history, international languages and culture, philosophy, and religious studies. These courses place special emphasis on critical thinking, standpoint theories, and comparative analyses.

  • WGST 2320 Women in World Religions (3 hours)
  • WGST 2330 Women in Music (3 hours)
  • ENGL 3140 Women Create Women in Literature (3 hours)
  • HIST 2060 Gender and Family  (3 hours)
  • HIST 2370 U.S. Women’s History (3 hours)
  • PHIL 3370 Feminist Philosophy (3 hours)

Business and Law (3 hours)

Courses in this category emphasize applied and practical approaches to analyze Women and Gender Studies topics in business and law. These courses focusing on "big questions" pertaining to contemporary women and men, working to emphasize students' understanding of cross-cultural or global issues.

  • WGST 2610 Women and Gender in Social Justice Organizations (3 hours)
  • WGST 2620 Speaking of Sex: Women and Law (3 hours)
  • WGST 3630 Women and Gender Studies Practicum (1-6 hours)
  • MNGT 3470 Women in Management (3 hours)


Students who are interested in applying to this degree program should see the Admission Section of this catalog for general requirements.