Major Requirements

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Program


Majors are required to complete, with grades of C- or better, 11 course credits in women, gender, and sexuality, which must include the following:

Core courses: Three core courses

  • WMGS 101. Women, Gender, and Sexuality

  • WMGS 359. Feminist Political Theory or

  • WMGS 369. Queer Studies: Issues and Controversies

  • WMGS 401, or a departmental senior seminar cross-listed with women, gender, and sexuality

Electives: Eight other courses in women, gender, and sexuality (one course credit of a 2-credit thesis may count toward the elective total. Four of these courses must be at the upper level (300 and above; one of which must originate in the women, gender, and sexuality program). Two of them must be from the arts and humanities and two from the social and natural sciences. Two of them must have a transnational focus, and two must have a multicultural focus.

Capstone/Senior Project: WMGS 401, or a departmental senior seminar cross-listed with women, gender, and sexuality.


Minor: Information regarding the Women, Gender and Sexuality minor can be found in the Interdisciplinary Minors section of the Bulletin.

Internships: A one-credit internship may be counted toward the major.

Honors: The award of honors in women, gender, and sexuality will be based on a grade point average of 3.5 or better in the courses for the major and a completion of a senior thesis with a grade of A- or better. Application to complete a senior thesis should be made to the director of women, gender, and sexuality the semester before the thesis is undertaken.