Women and gender studies offers an interdisciplinary, liberal arts education in which students critically engage with texts, media, and theories to recognize their own social and cultural environments and to challenge prevailing ideas about privilege and inequality. Studying how categories of women, gender, and sexuality affect and are affected by our everyday lives, historical currents, and social institutions, provides students with skills that will prepare them for a wide range of careers.
Students who major in women and gender studies may chose a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Majors complete 30 credits. A minor is also available. Students who minor in WGS complete 21 credits. Visit www.gvsu.edu/wgs for more information.
Students can study a variety of topics, including:
WGS students can apply their education to careers in:
“GVSU’s women and gender studies program was a pivotal part of my education as a university student and as a global citizen. As a student I wrote a short story without the use of gendered pronouns, interned for a feminist foundation, participated in the United Nations 53rd Commission on the Status of Women, and studied abroad in Egypt.”