Majors and Minors

Major in Women’s and Gender Studies

27 semester credit hours minimum

  • WGS 180. Gendered Lives
  • WGS 201. Methods in Gender Studies Research
  • WGS 401. Gender Theory and Feminist Thought

One course from:

  • WGS 415. Southern Women in Popular Culture, History, and Literature
  • WGS 480. Internship
  • WGS 485. Seminar
  • WGS 490. Directed Independent Study

Five additional WGS courses (Three courses must be numbered 300 or above):

One global/multicultural course from:

  • WGS/ENG 240. Multicultural Women Writers
  • WGS/AFR/JMS 310. Race, Gender, and Media
  • WGS/POL 314. Women in Developing Countries
  • WGS/JMS 318. Queer Cinema

An approved WGS 285, 385, 485. Special Topics

Four courses of which two must be from different area designations:
A single class may satisfy more than one designated area but will not reduce the number of courses required from four.

Humanities

  • WGS/REL 363. Women and Christianity
  • WGS/ART 370. Women in Art
  • WGS/HIS 377. U.S. Women’s History, Colonial Era to the Present
  • WGS/ENG 378. Images of Women in Literature
  • WGS 415. Southern Women in Popular Culture, History, and Literature

An approved WGS 285, 385, 485. Special Topics

Social Sciences

  • WGS/PSY 270. Psychology of Gender
  • WGS/SOC 305 Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
  • WGS/AFR/JMS 310. Race, Gender, and Media
  • WGS/SOC 312. Sociology of Gender and Sexuality
  • WGS/POL 314. Women in Developing Countries
  • WGS/COM 315. Gender and Communication
  • WGS/JMS 318. Queer Cinema
  • WGS/POL 332. Women, Law, and Politics
  • WGS/SOC 334. Marriage and Family: Diversity and Change
  • WGS 345. Health and Gender
  • WGS/SOC 350. Women, Crime, and Justice
  • WGS 375. Maternal and Child Health
  • WGS 383. AIDS: Narratives of Disease

An approved WGS 285, 385, 485. Special Topics

Natural Sciences

  • WGS/BIO 361.The Biology of Sex and Gender

An approved WGS 285, 385, 485. Special Topics

Students should consult the WGS program director for designations for “Special Topics” courses.

Majors Seeking Honors

Majors seeking Honors in Women’s and Gender Studies may do so by fulfilling the following requirements:

  1.  a minimum average 3.50 GPA in the core WGS curriculum and cross-listed courses;
  2. an overall minimum average 3.50 GPA; and successful completion of a Senior Research Project at a level judged worthy of Honors by a panel of three faculty, with the director of the panel being a faculty member who teaches within the Women’s and Gender Studies Program. Upon successful completion of the project, the student will receive 3 hours of credit for WGS 490.

Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies

A minor in Women's and Gender Studies consists of 15 semester hours, including "Gendered Lives," "Methods in Gender Studies Research" and "Gender Theory and Feminist Thought," and two additional courses, one of which must be numbered 300 or above.

15 semester credit hours minimum

  • WGS 180. Gendered Lives
  • WGS 201. Methods in Gender Studies Research
  • WGS 401. Gender Theory and Feminist Thought

Two additional WGS courses, one of which must be numbered 300 or above.