Program Information

Feminist scholarship, which arose in the late twentieth century in response to the historically masculine bias of the academy, explores the important but often hidden ways that gender and gender inequality have shaped, and been shaped by, our cultural, social, and personal worlds. In recent years, scholars in the field have increasingly recognized that gender and gender inequality cannot be understood in abstraction from other axes of social identity and power, especially those of race, class, sexual orientation, and nation. Thus, the program in Women's and Gender Studies offers students the opportunity to examine, from both disciplinary and interdisciplinary perspectives, gender's intersections with other dimensions of social power and identity. In addition to addressing these intersections, courses may focus on developments within feminist thought, on applications of feminist scholarship to a particular field of study, or on selected topics concerning gender and gender inequality. All Women's and Gender Studies classes encourage students to think systematically and critically about gender and to confront the challenges of moving toward a more equitable world.

Requirements for the Women's and Gender Studies Program Major (9 Credits)

There are 9 credits required for the WGS major [prerequisites are listed in brackets behind each course]

1. Students must take at least one of the following courses: (1)

  • WGS 134 (EV) Thinking Sex (1)
  • WGS 245 Feminism, Gender, and Society (1)

2. Students must take the following three required courses: (3)

  • WGS 353W Feminist Theory (1) [WGS 134 or WGS 245]
  • One disciplinary methods/theory course (should be chosen in consultation with an advisor and dependent on WGS interests and proposed senior thesis) [WGS 134 or WGS 245--NOTE: Some courses also require WGS 353W]
    • Courses that will count (additional courses considered by petition):
      • AES 330 Theory and Methods of American Ethnic Studies (1) [AES 150; junior or senior standing; and at least one elective course in AES]
      • ANTH 361W Ethnographic Methods (1) [ANTH 371]
      • ARTH 362W Theories and Methodologies of Art History (1) [A 200-level art history course]
      • CCM 220W Analyzing Public Discourse (1) [no prerequisites]
      • ENGL 202W (IT) Introduction to Literary Theory (1) [ENGL 201]
      • HIST 306 History through Biography: Women in World History (1) [no prerequisites]
      • HIST 393 Oral History: Theory, Methods, Practice (1) [junior or senior status, or consent of instructor]
      • PHIL 335 History, Sexuality, and Power (1) [One Philosophy course or consent of instructor; closed to first year students]
      • PSYC 252W (QA) Research Methods and Analysis I (1) [PSYC 210 or consent of instructor]
      • SOC 401W (QA) Quantitative Methods in Social Research (1) [SOC 301 (or equivalent) and SOC 303 or WGS 353W]
      • SOC 402W Qualitative Methods in Social Research (1) [SOC 303 or WGS 353W]
      • NOTE: Departments whose method courses will count in the WGS major have all be contacted, and all courses listed above have been approved for use in the WGS major by their respective departments.
  • WGS 499 Senior Thesis [WGS 353W and at least one disciplinary methods course plus senior standing]

3. Five additional courses of the following: (5)

  • ANTH 345 Sex and Gender in Anthropological Perspective (1) [no prerequisites, though ANTH 150 or courses in Women's Studies are recommended]
  • CCM 341 US Women's Rights Activism Before 1920 (1)
  • CCM 342 US Women's Rights Activism Since 1920 (1)
  • CCM 360 Topics in Public Discourse (topic depending) (1) [CCM 220W or CCM 221 or consent of instructor]
  • CCM 361 Citizenship and the Public Sphere (1) [CCM 220W/RHET 261W, CCM 221/RHET 326, WGS 245 or WGS 353W or consent of instructor]
  • CCM 365 (US) Rhetorics of Sex and Gender (1) [CCM 220W/RHET 261W, CCM 221/RHET 326, or WGS course]
  • CHNSE 258 (US) Gender and Mass Media in Asia (1)
  • CLAS 247 (IT; 4th Sem) Women in Roman Literature and Life (1) [no prerequisites]
  • CLAS 260 (IT; 4th Sem) Gender and Sexuality in Greek Society (1) [no prerequisites]
  • ENGL 116W (IT) Topics in Am. Lit.: Peculiar Intimacies (1) [no prerequisites]
  • ENGL 355W Feminist Film Criticism (1) [Previous course in ENGL, FILM, or WGS, or consent of instructor]
  • ENGL 373 Contemporary Literature: Post-Slavery Fiction (topic dependent-only Post-Slavery Fiction) (1) [A 100- or 200-level English course in literature]
  • ENGL 381 Latin @ Countercultures Digital Research Project (1) [ENGL 201 or AES 150]
  • ENGL 438 Literature and Sexuality [ENGL 201 or ENGL 202W, or consent of instructor]
  • FREN 437 (IT) Female Voices in African Literature and Film (1) [FREN 340]
  • HIST 131 (TH) Historical Inquiry: Gender and Society in East Asia (topic dependent) (1) [freshmen and sophomores only]
  • HIST 131 (TH) Historical Inquiry: Gender and Power in Modern Africa (topic dependent) (1) [freshmen and sophomores only]
  • HIST 262 American Women's History (1) [no prerequisites]
  • HIST 306 History through Biography: Women in World History (1) (may count as methods/theory course instead) [no prerequisites]
  • HIST 375 Women and Gender in Medieval Europe (1) [no prerequisites]
  • HUM 497W Humanities Senior Seminar: Our Bodies Ourselves (topic dependent) (1) [no prerequisites]
  • PHIL 335 History, Sexuality and Power (1) (may count as methods/theory course instead) [One philosophy course or consent of instructor; closed to first-year students]
  • POLI 351W Women in American Politics (1) [POLI 210 or consent of instructor]
  • POLI 384 Transnational Feminist Politics (1) [Any WGS course or POLI 214, POLI 216, POLI 218 or consent of instructor]
  • PSYC 354 (US) Psychology of Women and Gender (1) [PSYC 210 or consent of instructor]
  • REL 256 (IT) Goddesses and Ghosts: Images of Women in Chinese Traditions (1) [no prerequisites]
  • REL 336 Women in World Religion (1) [no prerequisites]
  • RUSS 245W (IT) From Russia with Love: Family and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Russian Literature (1) [no prerequisites]
  • SOC 121 (US) Gender in Society (1) [freshmen and sophomores only]
  • SOC 328 Families (1) [SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course or consent of instructor]
  • SOC 334 Inequality in Society (1) [SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course]
  • SOC 358 Special Topics in Sociology: (topic depending) (.5-1) [SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course)
  • SOC 362 Sexualities (1) [SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course]
  • SPAN 435 Contemporary Latin American Women Writers (1)
  • SPAN 438 Contemporary Spanish Women Writers (1) [SPAN 340, SPAN 352, SPAN 353, SPAN 355, SPAN 356, or consent of instructor]
  • SPAN 445 Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature (topic dependent) (1) [SPAN 340, SPAN 352, SPAN 353, SPAN 355, SPAN 356, or consent of instructor]
  • WGS 258 (TH) Women in the Arts (1) [no prerequisites]
  • WGS 390 Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies (1) [WGS major or minor and consent of instructor]
  • WGS 394 Internship in Women's and Gender Studies (1) [WGS 353W, junior or senior standing, or consent of department chair]
  • No more than 4 total courses at the 100-200 level and no more then 3 courses with same departmental prefix (other than WGS) can count toward the WGS major.

Requirements for the Women's and Gender Studies Program Minor (5 Credits)

There are 5 credits required for the WGS minor [prerequisites are listed in brackets behind each course]

1. Students must take at least one of the following courses: (1)

  • WGS 134 (EV) Thinking Sex (1)
  • WGS 245 Feminism, Gender, and Society (1)

2. Students must take the following required course: (1)

3. Three additional courses of the following, at least one of which must be at the 300 level or higher: (3)

  • ANTH 345 Sex and Gender in Anthropological Perspective (1) [no prerequisites, though ANTH 150 or courses in Women's Studies are recommended]
  • CCM 341 US Women's Rights Activism Before 1920 (1)
  • CCM 342 US Women's Rights Activism Since 1920 (1)
  • CCM 360 Topics in Public Discourse (topic depending) (1) [CCM 220W or CCM 221 or consent of instructor]
  • CCM 361 Citizenship and the Public Sphere (1) [CCM 220W/RHET 261W, CCM 221/RHET 326, WGS 245 or WGS 353W or consent of instructor]
  • CCM 365 (US) Rhetorics of Sex and Gender (1) [CCM 220W/RHET 261W, CCM 221/RHET 326, or WGS course]
  • CHNSE 258 (US) Gender and Mass Media in Asia (1)
  • CLAS 247 (IT; 4th Sem) Women in Roman Literature and Life (1) [no prerequisites]
  • CLAS 260 (IT; 4th Sem) Gender and Sexuality in Greek Society (1) [no prerequisites]
  • ENGL 116W (IT) Topics in Am. Lit.: Peculiar Intimacies (1) [no prerequisites]
  • ENGL 355W Feminist Film Criticism (1) [Previous course in ENGL, FILM, or WGS, or consent of instructor]
  • ENGL 373 Contemporary Literature: Post-Slavery Fiction (topic dependent-only Post-Slavery Fiction) (1) [A 100- or 200-level English course in literature]
  • ENGL 381 Latin @ Countercultures Digital Research Project (1) [ENGL 201 or AES 150]
  • ENGL 438 Literature and Sexuality [ENGL 201 or ENGL 202W, or consent of instructor]
  • FREN 437 (IT) Female Voices in African Literature and Film (1) [FREN 340]
  • HIST 131 (TH) Historical Inquiry: Gender and Society in East Asia (topic dependent) (1) [freshmen and sophomores only]
  • HIST 131 (TH) Historical Inquiry: Gender and Power in Modern Africa (topic dependent) (1) [freshmen and sophomores only]
  • HIST 262 American Women's History (1) [no prerequisites]
  • HIST 306 History through Biography: Women in World History (1) (may count as methods/theory course instead) [no prerequisites]
  • HIST 375 Women and Gender in Medieval Europe (1) [no prerequisites]
  • HUM 497W Humanities Senior Seminar: Our Bodies Ourselves (topic dependent) (1) [no prerequisites]
  • PHIL 335 History, Sexuality and Power (1) (may count as methods/theory course instead) [One philosophy course or consent of instructor; closed to first-year students]
  • POLI 351W Women in American Politics (1) [POLI 210 or consent of instructor]
  • POLI 384 Transnational Feminist Politics (1) [Any WGS course or POLI 214, POLI 216, POLI 218 or consent of instructor]
  • PSYC 354 (US) Psychology of Women and Gender (1) [PSYC 210 or consent of instructor]
  • REL 256 (IT) Goddesses and Ghosts: Images of Women in Chinese Traditions (1) [no prerequisites]
  • REL 336 Women in World Religion (1) [no prerequisites]
  • RUSS 245W (IT) From Russia with Love: Family and Sexuality in Twentieth-Century Russian Literature (1) [no prerequisites]
  • SOC 121 (US) Gender in Society (1) [freshmen and sophomores only]
  • SOC 328 Families (1) [SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course or consent of instructor]
  • SOC 334 Inequality in Society (1) [SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course]
  • SOC 358 Special Topics in Sociology: (topic depending) (.5-1) [SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course)
  • SOC 362 Sexualities (1) [SOC 201 or any 100-level Sociology course]
  • SPAN 435 Contemporary Latin American Women Writers (1)
  • SPAN 438 Contemporary Spanish Women Writers (1) [SPAN 340, SPAN 352, SPAN 353, SPAN 355, SPAN 356, or consent of instructor]
  • SPAN 445 Topics in Medieval and Early Modern Spanish Literature (topic dependent) (1) [SPAN 340, SPAN 352, SPAN 353, SPAN 355, SPAN 356, or consent of instructor]
  • WGS 258 (TH) Women in the Arts (1) [no prerequisites]
  • WGS 390 Independent Study in Women's and Gender Studies (1) [WGS major or minor and consent of instructor]
  • WGS 394 Internship in Women's and Gender Studies (1) [WGS 353W, junior or senior standing, or consent of department chair]