Meet Your Major

As a women’s and gender studies major, you’ll have the opportunity to investigate cutting-edge issues on gender, race, ethnicity, class and sexuality.


What You’ll Learn

In the women’s and gender studies program, you will:

  • Examine the social, cultural and scientific construction of gender.
  • Study the dynamics of gender relations and social change in the United States and throughout the world.
  • Investigate how gender intersects with race, ethnicity, class, nation and sexuality. 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of women’s studies, feminist studies, gender studies, masculinity studies and sexuality studies.

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 have a wide range of skills and a background in diversity which is highly valued in the 21st century labor force. You’ll also be well-equipped for graduate study in the fields of women’s/gender/sexuality studies or for advanced study in traditional disciplines and professional fields. Our graduates have become international gender specialists or found careers in law, education, social justice and human rights work, non-profit, psychology, business, media, publishing and more.

The Curriculum

Interdisciplinary Options
Our department combines courses offered by faculty in women’s and gender studies and courses offered by affiliated faculty from english, sociology, criminology, economics, business, visual and performing arts, philosophy, world languages and cultures, psychology, political science, history, religious and theological students, and the sciences. 

What You’ll Take

  • Women’s and gender studies majors must complete a minimum of 34 credits and a minimum of nine courses for the Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • The major consists of nine courses, including an introductory course (WGS 1010 Gender and Society), three area requirements, a capstone/senior seminar and four electives.
  • A 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.

Core Requirements

WGS 1010 Gender and Society
Capstone Senior Seminar


Area Requirements

You will take three courses - one course from each of the following three categories:

A. Global Contexts
This category emphasizes that women’s and gender issues extend across the world into cultures, societies and cultural productions very different from those found in the United States. 

HIS 3391   Women in Modern European History
HIS 3440 Survey of Latin American History: From Pre-Contact to the Present
ITA 2530 Italian Women Writers 
RTS 2990  Special Topics in Religious Studies
RTS 3900 Women’s Voices in the Holocaust  
SPA 3630 Studies in Popular Culture of Latin America and Spain
WGS 2880 Gender, Race and War
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 3420 Gender, Race and the Media
WGS 3720 Gender, Immigration and the Law 
WGS 3830 Gender and Global Health


B. Race/Ethnicity and Intersectionality
Courses in this category focus on helping students understand the dynamics of intersectionality through courses that emphasize race and ethnicity in relation to gender. 

CRM 3380/3380W Race, Class and Crime
EDU 3620 Cultural Diversity in the Schools
ENG 3350 Sex, Race and Empire, 1660-1814
ENG 3860 Beyond “The Godfather”: 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 Social Inequality: Class, Gender and Race
SPA 3310 Latinos in the U.S.: Culture and Service Learning
SPA 3630 Studies in Popular Culture of Latin America and Spain
WGS 2010 Introduction to Ethnic Studies
WGS 2260 Southwestern Women Writers and Artists
WGS 2660 Southwest Studies in the U.S.
WGS 2880 Gender, Race and War
WGS 3000 Thinking Green: Environmental Justice, Gender and Animal Rights
WGS 3300 U.S. Women’s History
WGS 3360 Fieldwork in the American Southwest: Classroom Without Walls
WGS 3420 Gender, Race and the Media
WGS 3630 “Changing Woman:” The Reality and Myth of Native American Women
WGS 3720 Gender, Immigration and the Law


C. Critical Sexuality and Gender Studies
Courses in this category incorporate an intersectional approach that helps students comprehend the complexity of gender identities and sexualities on local, national and global levels. 

EDU 4683 Gender and Education
WGS 2200 Gender and Social Movements
WGS 2420 Gender, Sex and Film 
WGS 2900W Writing the Gendered Life
WGS 3100 Feminist Theory
WGS 3140 Studies in Masculinities
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


Elective Courses

Then, select four additional electives for a total of seven electives.

The following cross-listed courses count toward the major or minor:

Communication Arts and Sciences
COM 4520 Gender and Communication
COM 4531 Intercultural Communication
WRT 2010W Writing Across Cultures
WRT 2020W Writing for Social Change
WRT 3700W Special Topics in Rhetoric
 
Criminology
CRM 3050/3050W Female Deviance, Crime and Social Control
CRM 3380/3380W Race, Class and Crime
CRM 3500 Domestic Violence
CRM 3900 Incarceration

Economics
ECO 1225W  Economics of Gender

Education
EDU 2130 Diversity, Social Justice and Ethics
EDU 2230 Applied Adolescent Psychology
EDU 3620 Cultural Diversity in the Schools
EDU 4683 Gender and Education

English
ENG 2750 Women and Literature
ENG 3350 Sex, Race and Empire: 1660 - 1814
ENG 3735 Hollywood’s America: Gender, Race and Class in American Cinema
ENG 3810 American Literature by Women of Color
ENG 3820 Twentieth-Century Drama and Performance by Women
ENG 3860 Beyond the Godfather: Italian American Women Writers 
ENG 3870 Literature of the Harlem Renaissance

History
HIS 3440 Survey of Latin American History: From Pre-Contact to the Present
HIS 3365 The History of Muslim Communities, 600-1600
HIS 3391 Women in Modern European History
HIS 3439  Slavery and Race in the Early Modern Atlantic World, 1400-1800

Management
MGT 3355 Diversity in the Workplace

Philosophy
PHL 2100W Women, Ethics and Society
PHL 3010 Human Rights: Theory and Practice

Political Science
POL 4199 Women and Politics

Psychology
PSY 3250 Cultural Psychology

Religious and Theological Studies
RTS 2290 Special Topics in Religious Studies
RTS 3210 Gender and the Bible
RTS 3620 Theology of the Virgin Mary
RTS 3710 Theology Through Women’s Eyes
RTS 3900

Women’s Voices in the Holocaust


Sociology
SOC 2000 Social Inequality - Class, Gender and Race
SOC 3450 Sociology of the Family 
SOC 3800 Sociology of Gender

Visual and Performing Arts
FAA 2500 Women in Theatre

World Language and Cultural Studies
ITA 2530 Italian Women Writers
SPA 3310 Latinos in the US: Culture and Service Learning
SPA 3620 Gender, Literature and Culture
SPA 3630 Studies in Popular Culture in Latin America and Spain