Women’s, gender and sexuality studies cultivates a critical awareness of the contributions of women and the impact of gender and sexuality in our lives, both historically and in the contemporary world. Our interdisciplinary scope includes examining these issues from the perspective of politics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, history, philosophy, artistic expression, and literature. The objectives of the program are:
- To explore existing knowledge about women, gender, and sexuality across a variety of disciplines
- To critically assess the traditional disciplines in the light of new data concerning women, gender and sexuality.
- To provide an academic foundation for students planning careers in diverse organizations; companies; and communities; women’s, gender and sexuality studies, or related fields
- To promote research about women, gender, and sexuality within existing disciplines
Program Learner Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this program, students will be able to:
- Acquire knowledge of historical and contemporary inequities in societies and cultures, and forms of resistance to these inequities.
- Critically analyze and compare historically and culturally specific constructions of gender and sexuality.
- Develop critical writing and speaking skills on gender-related academic and social issues.
- Critically analyze gender norms and practices, and the intersecting factors of race, class, sexuality, etc.
Required Courses Credits: 28
Department-Approved Electives Credits: 18-20
At least two (2) courses from the Humanities/Arts division and two (2) courses from the Social/Natural Science division with no more than 10 credits from any one discipline.
Humanities/Arts, Education and Professional Studies (Choose at least two courses)
Social/Natural Sciences (Choose at least two courses)
Total Credits: 46-48*
(NOTE: *Students with fewer than 60 credits must have a minor or another major in order to graduate.)