Women and Gender Studies

Jane M. Hawley (program chair)

The Women and Gender Studies (WGST) program is an interdisciplinary academic program devoted to the critical analysis of gender. The program offers courses that investigate the intersections of sex, gender, sexuality, race, age, ability, and class across the disciplines and are taught by faculty in a variety of departments. Women and Gender Studies prepares students to be critical advocates, activists, scholars, and educators for social justice in a variety of professions.

Requirements for a major: 10 courses plus senior project.

The major is comprised of four core courses: WGST 130, 381, 485, and a theory course that is satisfied by WGST 260, 331, 342, or a special topics course designated to fulfill this requirement. Other major requirements include three 4-credit courses (two of which must be at the 300-level or above) and three area courses (one from each of the areas listed below). Writing requirement completed with WGST 260, 331, 342, or 485.

Culture and Society Area: WGST 131, 138, 195, 242, 260, 290, 331, 335, 351, 368, FREN 460, SOC 345, 347.

Global Studies Area: WGST 320, 337, 350, 468, SOC 453, and approved J-term study-abroad courses.

Literature Area: WGST 147, 212, 240, 243, 245, 251, 361.

Requirements for a minor: All students take WGST 130 and 485 as required for introduction and capstone experiences, as well as four other courses from at least two of three designated areas. One of those four courses must number 200 or above. Relevant special topics courses may count.