Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Major—BA

Minimum of 34 semester course credits and general BA requirements

Required
Core Requirements:
WGSS 071Introduction to Women's Studies3
WGSS 072Introduction to Queer Studies4
WGSS 101Feminist and Queer Research Methodologies (or a relevant research methods course in another department with approval from your adviser)4
WGSS 192Senior Project (Select one course from each of the following categories:)4
Theories of Gender and Sexuality:
Select one:
Postcolonial Feminist Theory and Literature
Sex, Body, and Gender in Early European Societies
Women, Gender and Cultural Production in the Global South
Feminist and Queer Theories
Introduction to Critical Theory
Black Feminist Theory
Feminist and Queer Social Movements:
Select one:
Sexuality and the City
Comparative Studies on Women in Religion
The Politics of Care
Women of Color in Social Movements

Concentrations

Select four courses totalling at least 12 credits in any one of the concentrations below or design you own four course concentration in consultation with an advisor.

Queer Studies Concentration

Select four
Schools, Sexuality, and Gender
Studies in Lesbian Writing
Introduction to Critical Theory
Topics in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture
African American Women's History
Contemporary Queer Writers of Color
Sexuality and the City
The Politics of Care
Race, Sexuality, and the State
Transnational Sexualities
Feminist and Queer Theories

Women and Religion Concentration

Select four:
World Roots of Literature
The Bible as Literature
Decolonizing Spirituality: Indigenous Religions in the Americas
Introduction to the Study of Religions
Comparative Studies on Women in Religion
Sex, Body, and Gender in Early European Societies
Women in Islam

Transnational Feminisms Concentration

Select four:
Latin American Transnational Migration
Francophone Women's Writing from Martinique, Haiti, and Guadeloupe
Debunking Orientalist Stereotypes: Asian Writings in French
African and Caribbean Literatures
French and Francophone Women Writers
Sociology of U.S. Immigration
Postcolonial Feminist Theory and Literature
Women, Gender and Cultural Production in the Global South
The Politics of Care
Race, Sexuality, and the State
Post-Colonial Conditions: Contemporary Women's Writings from Africa
Transnational Sexualities

Women and Politics Concentration

Select four:
Women and the Economy
Race, Gender, and the Criminal Justice System
Women's Leadership in Politics: Theory and Practice
Gender and Public Policy
SOC 103
Sociology of U.S. Immigration
Gender and Society
Women and the Law
The Politics of Care
Race, Sexuality, and the State

Gender and Cultural Politics Concentration

Select four:
Art of the 20th Century
History of Performance Art
Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Art
Seminar: Gender and the Western Visual Tradition
Topics in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture
U.S. Literature and Social Change
20th-Century African American Literature
ENG 158
Comparative Ethnic Literature and Cultural Production
Comics and Politics: Visual Culture, Power, and Ideology
Writing the Self: Autobiographies of People of Color in the U.S.
Contemporary Queer Writers of Color
Film, Color, and Culture: Images of People of Color in Cinema
Aesthetics of the Body in Literature
Francophone Women's Writing from Martinique, Haiti, and Guadeloupe
Debunking Orientalist Stereotypes: Asian Writings in French
History of Women in America
African and Caribbean Literatures
French and Francophone Women Writers
Post-Colonial Conditions: Contemporary Women's Writings from Africa
Latin American Women Writers in Translation
Women in Cinema: Latin America, Spain and U.S. Latinas
Women, Gender, and Musical Creativity
Sociology of Hip-Hop
Intersections of Art and Poetry
The 20th-Century Hispanic Novel
Sexuality and the City
Postcolonial Feminist Theory and Literature
Comparative Studies on Women in Religion
Sex, Body, and Gender in Early European Societies
Women, Gender and Cultural Production in the Global South
Women in Islam
Transnational Sexualities

Historical Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

Select four:
History of Performance Art
Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Art
Topics in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture
African American Women's History
American Indian History to 1900
Law, Resistance and Identity: American Indian History from 1900
Mixed Race Descent in the Americas
Intro to Chicanx & Latinx Studies
American Indian and Pacific Islander Women
Men, Women, and Travel: Tourism in Europe Since the Renaissance
History of Women in America
Sexuality and the City
Sex, Body, and Gender in Early European Societies
Women in Islam
Race, Sexuality, and the State

Self-Designed Concentrations

Students who choose to design their own concentrations should work with their major adviser to pick four courses for their concentration.  They should develop a title and short rationale for the concentration in consultation with their adviser. Students may choose courses not on the list of electives with approval from their adviser.

Special topics courses and independent studies may count toward any of the above concentrations with adviser approval.

No courses may meet more than one requirement for the major. At least six courses in the major must be at the 100 level or above.