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Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, B.A., B.S.

Women, gender, and sexuality 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.

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Program Overview

Students who major in women, gender, and sexuality studies may choose a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. A major requires completion of at least 30 credits.

A minor is also available. Students who minor in WGS complete 21 credits. Visit for more information.

Why Study Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Our program encourages students to develop interdisciplinary understandings and to take full advantage of cross-cultural opportunities at GVSU.
  • Students in WGS benefit from study abroad opportunities as well as individual research.
  • WGS students participate in cocurricular activities with GVSU's Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity, Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, and Office of Multicultural Affairs.
  • Faculty members actively engage with students and foster commitment to the community through internships, service learning, and volunteering.

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For More Information

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
229 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8025

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Location & Format

Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.

Format: Face To Face


Students take courses covering a variety of topics, including:

  • Applied feminist activism
  • Community and social change
  • Critical media studies
  • Feminist and queer theories
  • Feminist and queer histories
  • Global feminisms
  • Women, health, and the environment

Career Options

WGS students can apply their education to careers in:

  • Health professions
  • Law, politics, and lobbying
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Teaching and administration
  • Government and international nongovernmental agencies
  • Higher education leadership