Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies- Bachelor of Arts

For information, contact the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Office, 126 MacMillan Hall (513-529-4616).

Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program that investigates how our lives are affected by gender race, class, age, sexuality, religion, (dis)ability, gender identity, and nationality. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies emphasizes the importance of understanding gender as a part of wider social and political structures of power, knowledge, experience, culture, embodiedness, intimacy, and labor. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses are organized around contemporary feminist research and theory, and focus intersectionally on women, gender, and sexuality as subjects of inquiry. Our coursework also focuses on how theory and practice come together. Students may choose from courses spanning departments, disciplines, divisions and ideologies. The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program provides a context in which women's work and women's issues are explored in-depth, celebrating women's creativity, women's lives, and women's work. In Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, students find an active and supportive community, close interaction with faculty, opportunities to take on leadership roles, and an academic program that allows them to cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Flexibility of the major requirements allows you to design a program to suit your needs and interests. This major prepares you for graduate or professional school and for a career in research and writing, a nonprofit agency, public policy, social services, business, law, education, or communication.

Departmental Honors

To receive departmental honors you must complete WGS 470 (3 credit hours), register for one additional credit of WGS 470 which entails the completion of a special project, and have a cumulative GPA of 3.50 in the major. Students must register their intent to pursue departmental honors and file a proposal for their project in the WGS program office, 126 MacMillan.

Program Requirements

(30-31 semester hours)

Core Courses (15-16 semester hours)

All three of these:

WGS 201 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3)

WGS/AAA/AMS/BWS/LAS 211 Writing with Purpose: Interdisciplinary Inquiry and Communication (3)

WGS 301 Women and Difference: Intersections of Race, Class, and Sexuality (3)

Choose ONE theory course from the following:

WGS/PHL 355 Feminist Theory (4)

WGS/ENG 368 Feminist Literary Theory and Practice (3)

WGS/ENG 435 Queer Theory (3)

WGS/BWS/ENG 437 Black Feminist Theory (3) or

a feminist theory course approved by a WGS adviser

Choose ONE of the following capstones:

WGS 401 The Role of Women in a Transforming Society (3)

WGS/BWS/ENG 432 Feminism and Diaspora: U.S. Women of Color (3)

Focus Area (15 semester hours)

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major requires at least 15 additional semester hours of WGS or WGS cross-listed courses. A maximum of 6 semester hours, taken in an approved internship, community action, or service learning experience, may be substituted for course work. A course cannot count both as a core course and toward one's additional 15 hours.

Students seeking the Bachelor of Arts in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies meet the College of Arts and Science writing in the major requirement by completing the following course/s: WGS/AAA/AMS/BWS/LAS 211 and either WGS 432 or 401.

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