May 25, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Bulletin

Women’s and Gender Studies, B.A.

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Program Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate understanding of concepts central to Women’s and Gender Studies, including
a.  the social construction of gender
b.  systems of privilege and oppression
c.  intersectionality and difference
d.  feminist and queer theories
e.  feminist and LGBTQ activism
f.  major feminist issues, in historical contexts and in contemporary US and global contexts. Examples of such issues include domestic violence, pornography, job equity, issues of representation, and reproductive rights.

2. Demonstrate critical reading, writing and oral presentation skills
a.  close reading skills to texts from multiple disciplines, historical eras and global cultures
b.  Argue a thesis persuasively in writing, employing correct grammar and mechanics
c.  Share the results of research or a project in an oral presentation

3. Engage in interdisciplinary research
a.  locate, evaluate, and interpret scholarly sources from several disciplines
b.  apply methodologies derived from multiple disciplines to problems in women’s and gender studies
c.  conduct primary and secondary source research, incorporate others’ work into original arguments, and properly credit sources
d.  design and implement a project, creatively employing interdisciplinary research towards an original analytical, creative or activist problem

General Education Requirements (30-46 Credits)

Prerequisite coursework may be required to satisfy certain General Education courses and will count as elective credit.

Total Credits Required for the Major: 36-41

Course Cluster Requirements: (15-18 Credits)

One course from each of the following five clusters

In addition, students should select one cluster, from among the above, in which to focus by taking two more courses in that cluster. (6-8 Credits)


A minimum of 18 credits across the major must be at the 300/400-level.
*Students who wish to use WGST 495 for the Historical, Political, Activist Studies Cluster may not select WGST 495  for the capstone.

Minimum Competence Requirement

A grade of C- or better is required for all courses used in fulfillment of the Women’s and Gender Studies Major

Department Writing Requirement

All courses offered in WGST at the 200 level or above require significant writing assignments. Successful completion of  WGST 310 WGST 320 , WGST 330 ,  and WGST 490 WGST 493 , or WGST 495  fulfills the writing requirement.

Sample Course Map

For students who Matriculated prior to Fall 2022: please select the bulletin year in which you entered the college (matriculated) at the top right of this page.

Curriculum Map


Total Credits: 120

Course Rotation: Work closely with your advisor and carefully read course descriptions for the course rotation to see when courses will be offered.

Note: Variation in the order of courses is possible, depending upon prereqisties.  Consult course information in the bulletin or your academic advisor to customize your eight semester plan.

KEY - Participation in a Global Society (PGS)


Sub Areas

Abbreviation Definition
DPP Diversity, Pluralism, Power
WCV World Cultures & Values
CGC Contemporary Global Challenges
CAI Creativity & Innovation
SST Sustainability

Learning Areas

Abbreviation Definition
HUMA Humanities
SOSC Social Science


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