Major Requirements

The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major requires a minimum of 27 hours and must include the following courses: 

  • WGS 221- Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (3 credits)
  • WGS 320- Feminist Theory and Practice (or another approved theory course) (3 credits)
  • WGS 321- Research Seminar in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (any WGS 321 course) (3 credits)
  • A WGS or WGS cross-listed course with a service-learning or public engagement component (designated by department) (3 credits)

Select fifteen hours of elective courses either WGS or WGS cross-listed courses) (15 credits)


  • No more than 9 hours from one department or program (other than WGS) may apply to the WGS major.
  • No more than 6 hours from the 100-level may count toward the major.
  • No more than 6 hours from the student’s minor(s) may count toward the major.


  • Students pursuing the major are encouraged to enroll in WGS 221 by the fall semester of the junior year, WGS 320 (or equivalent) by the spring semester of their year, and WGS 321 during their senior year.


From the Undergraduate Bulletin:

Options for Meeting Major Requirements

To satisfy graduation requirements, a student must select one, and only one, of the following options, which will receive official recognition on the student’s permanent record:

  1. A single major
  2. A single major and a minor
  3. A single major and a double minor
  4. A single major and a triple minor
  5. A double major
  6. A double major and a minor

In order to qualify for options 4 or 6, students must offer a minimum of 135 hours for graduation.

Double Majors

A student may major in two departments in the College with the written permission of the chair of each of the departments and on condition that the student meets all requirements for the major in both departments.  A student may not use the same course to meet requirements in both of the majors.  The student must designate one of the two fields as the primary major, which appears first on the student’s record and determines the degree to be awarded. Only one undergraduate degree will be awarded, even if the student completes two majors.