Jun 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major, BA


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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:

  1. To explore existing knowledge about women, gender, and sexuality across a variety of disciplines
  2. To critically assess the traditional disciplines in the light of new data concerning women, gender and sexuality.
  3. To provide an academic foundation for students planning careers in diverse organizations; companies; and communities; women’s, gender and sexuality studies, or related fields
  4. 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 related to sex and gender in societies and cultures, as well as forms of resistance to these inequities;
  • critically analyze and compare culturally-specific constructions of gender and sexuality;
  • critically analyze gender and sexual norms and practices alongside intersecting elements of race, class, sexuality, etc.;
  • develop critical analytical skills about gender- and sexuality-related socio-cultural issues; and
  • develop valid evidence-based arguments analyzing gender and sexuality as they interconnect with other social identities.

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.

Total Credits: 46-48


Small Plan Major (fewer than 60 credits)


This major requires the completion of a minor or second major. Please consult with the departments about any specific restrictions regarding overlap between plans.

College and Department Information


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program  
College of the Sciences  

Online Availability
The program does not have a designated online only option.

Program Codes
WGSSBA, WGSSBAP

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