Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Major—BA

Minimum of 32 semester course credits and general BA requirements

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major is a ten course major with six core requirements and four courses in an area of concentration.

Required
Core Requirements:
WGSS 071Introduction to Women's Studies3
WGSS 072Introduction to Queer Studies3
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:
WGSS 106Postcolonial Feminist Theory and Literature3-4
WGSS 110Sex, Body, and Gender in Early European Societies3
WGSS 111Women, Gender and Cultural Production in the Global South3-4
WGSS 182Feminist and Queer Theories3
ENG 104Introduction to Critical Theory3
ETHS 150Black Feminist Theory3
Feminist and Queer Social Movements:
Select one:
WGSS 105Sexuality and the City3
WGSS 109Comparative Studies on Women in Religion3
WGSS 125The Politics of Care3
ETHS 166Women of Color in Social Movements3-4

Concentrations

Take four courses totaling 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 

Select four
EDUC 129Schools, Sexuality, and Gender 3
ENG 061RStudies in Lesbian Writing3
ENG 104Introduction to Critical Theory3
ETHS 156Contemporary Queer Writers of Color3
WGSS 105Sexuality and the City3
WGSS 125The Politics of Care3
WGSS 135Race, Sexuality, and the State3
WGSS 175Transnational Sexualities3
WGSS 182Feminist and Queer Theories3

Women and Religion

Select four:
ENG 045/145World Roots of Literature3
ENG 074The Bible as Literature3
ETHS 120Decolonizing Spirituality: Indigenous Religions in the Americas3
REL 040Introduction to the Study of Religions3-4
WGSS 109Comparative Studies on Women in Religion3
WGSS 110Sex, Body, and Gender in Early European Societies3
WGSS 131Women in Islam3

Transnational Feminisms 

Select four:
ETHS 158Latin American Transnational Migration3-4
LET 115African and Caribbean Literatures3-4
LET 142French and Francophone Women Writers3-4
SOC 149Sociology of U.S. Immigration3
WGSS 106Postcolonial Feminist Theory and Literature3-4
WGSS 125The Politics of Care3
WGSS 135Race, Sexuality, and the State3
WGSS 149Post-Colonial Conditions: Contemporary Women's Writings from Africa3-4
WGSS 150Gender, Diaspora and Social Issues in Indian Women's Literature and Cinema3-4
WGSS 160Militarism, Gender, and Ethnicity3
WGSS 172American Indian and Pacific Islander Women3-4
WGSS 175Transnational Sexualities3

Gender and Politics 

Select four:
ECON 117Women and the Economy3
ETHS 157Race, Gender, and the Criminal Justice System3-4
PPOL 118Women's Leadership in Politics: Theory and Practice3
PPOL 125Gender and Public Policy3-4
SOC 149Sociology of U.S. Immigration3
SOC 158Gender and Society3
SOSC 120Women and the Law3
WGSS 125The Politics of Care3
WGSS 135Race, Sexuality, and the State3

Gender and Cultural Politics 

Select four:
ARTH/WGSS 190Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Art4
ARTH 192Seminar: Gender and the Western Visual Tradition4
ENG 043Survey of African American Literature3
ENG 105Topics in Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature and Culture3
ENG 114U.S. Literature and Social Change3
ENG 117Representing Blackness: Film and Literature in Africa and the Diaspora4
ENG 152Poets of Color of the 20th and 21st Centuries3-4
ETHS 090Comparative Ethnic Literature and Cultural Production3-4
ETHS 113Comics and Politics: Visual Culture, Power, and Ideology3-4
ETHS 154Writing the Self: Autobiographies of People of Color in the U.S.3
ETHS 156Contemporary Queer Writers of Color3
ETHS 188Film, Color, and Culture: Images of People of Color in Cinema4
HIST 160History of Women in America3
LET 142French and Francophone Women Writers3-4
LET 149Post-Colonial Conditions: Contemporary Women's Writings from Africa3-4
LET 161Latin American Women Writers in Translation3
LET 168Women in Cinema: Latin America, Spain and U.S. Latinas3
MUS 116Women, Gender, and Music3
SOC 101Sociology of Families3-4
SOC 146Sociology of Hip-Hop3
WGSS 105Sexuality and the City3
WGSS 106Postcolonial Feminist Theory and Literature3-4
WGSS 109Comparative Studies on Women in Religion3
WGSS 110Sex, Body, and Gender in Early European Societies3
WGSS 111Women, Gender and Cultural Production in the Global South3-4
WGSS 115African and Caribbean Literatures3-4
WGSS 131Women in Islam3
WGSS 150Gender, Diaspora and Social Issues in Indian Women's Literature and Cinema3-4
WGSS 172American Indian and Pacific Islander Women3-4
WGSS 175Transnational Sexualities3

Historical Perspectives on Gender and Sexuality

Select four:
ETHS 052African American Women's History3
ETHS 054American Indian History to 19003
ETHS 055Law, Resistance and Identity: American Indian History from 19003
ETHS 064Mixed Race Descent in the Americas3
ETHS 172American Indian and Pacific Islander Women3
HIST 160History of Women in America3
WGSS 105Sexuality and the City3
WGSS 110Sex, Body, and Gender in Early European Societies3
WGSS 131Women in Islam3
WGSS 135Race, Sexuality, and the State3

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 your concentration 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.