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Women’s and Gender Studies

Major Requirements

As a women’s and gender studies major, you’ll examine the historical and economic impact of different representations of gender, sexual identity, and race across global and popular cultures.

Through the multicultural curriculum, you will learn to apply theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of gender.

Meet Your Major

In the Women’s and Gender Studies program, you will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of women’s studies, feminist studies, gender studies, masculinity studies, and sexuality studies
  • Learn how to use a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches and apply them to the study of gender
  • Explore how women’s and gender issues extend across the world into cultures, societies, and cultural productions very different from those found in the U.S.
  • Understand the dynamics of intersectionality through courses that emphasize race and ethnicity in relation to gender
  • Comprehend the complexity of gender identities and sexualities on local, national, and global levels

Hands-On Learning

You’ll be able to participate in dynamic internships and directed studies programs that further issues like LGBTQ youth advocacy and high school anti-bullying policy. You can also broaden your experience by traveling to the Southwest and diving into fieldwork at Native American pueblos.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the Women’s and Gender Studies program, you’ll be well equipped to further your education at graduate school as well as pursue a career in the business, government, academic, or nonprofit sector. Positions may include:

  • Human resources manager
  • Human rights activist
  • International gender specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Non-profit director
  • Public health worker
  • Social worker

What You’ll Take

All Women’s and Gender Studies majors take a combination of required and elective courses to satisfy the 34-credit and minimum-of-9 course requirement. At maximum of three cross-listed courses may be used to fulfill major requirements. At least five of the nine courses must be at the 3000 level or above.

Required Courses

WGS 1010 Gender and Society
Capstone Capstone Senior Seminar

Elective Courses

(Select three courses—one from each of the following categories. Then, select four additional electives for a total of seven electives.)

Global Contexts
WGS 3000                                    Thinking Green: Environmental Justice, Gender, and Animal Rights 
WGS 3100 Feminist Theory 
WGS 3110  Global Women’s Issues: Gender, Activism and, Social Justice 
WGS 3430   Gender, Race, and the Media
WGS 3830   Gender and Global Health 
WGS 3720   Gender, Immigration and the Law 
HIS 2340   Survey of Latin American History
HIS 3391   Women in Modern European History 
RTS 2990  Special Topics: Women in Islam 
RTS 3900  Women’s Voices in the Holocaust  
ITA 2530 Italian Women Writers 
SPA 3630   Studies in Popular Culture of Latin America and Spain
SPA 4050  Literature(s)/Culture(s) of Resistance  
Race/Ethnicity and Intersectionality
WGS 2010 Introduction to Ethnic Studies 
WGS 2260 Southwestern Women Writers
and Artists  
WGS 3000                                       Thinking Green: Environmental
Justice, Gender, and Animal Rights  
WGS 3300  U.S. Women’s History
WGS 3360  Fieldwork in the Southwestern U. S. 
WGS 3430   Gender, Race, and the Media  
WGS 3630  “Changing Woman:” The Reality and Myth of Native American Women  
WGS 3720   Gender, Immigration, and the Law
CRM 3380W  Race, Class, and Crime (formerly SOC 3380W)  
EDU 3620  Cultural Diversity in the Schools 
ENG 3350  Sex, Race, and Empire: 1688-1814 
ENG 3830  American Indian Renaissance
ENG 3860  Italian American Women Writers 
ENG 3870  Literature of the Harlem Renaissance
HIS 3439  Slavery and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World, 1400-1800
SOC 2000 Ways of Seeing II: Class, Gender, and Race (was Soc Class in America)  
SPA 3310  Latinos in the U.S.: Literature, Culture, and Service Learning 
SPA 3630   Studies in Popular Culture of Latin America and Spain
SPA 4050 Literature(s)/Culture(s) of Resistance 
Critical Sexuality and Gender Studies
WGS 2200 Gender and Social Movements
WGS 2420   Gender, Sex, and Film 
WGS 2900W  Writing the Gendered Life 
WGS 3100   Feminist Theory 
WGS 3120                      Women, Film, and the Politics of Representation  
WGS 3140 Studies in Masculinities 
WGS 3230  Gender and Popular Culture 
WGS 3250   Sex and Gender Studies 
WGS 3420  Gender, Race, and the Media 
WGS 3660  Southwestern Women in the U. S.  
WGS 3710  Gender and the Law 
WGS 4100  Gender Studies  
EDU 4683  Gender in Education 
PSY 2420   Psychology of Sex Differences

More Info 

Debra Michals
Director & Associate Professor,
Women’s and Gender Studies

978-837-3530
michalsd@merrimack.edu