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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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Available as a minor.

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.

  • Counseling
  • Governmental and nongovernmental agencies
  • Health professions
  • Higher education leadership
  • Human resources
  • Law, politics, and lobbying
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Social services
  • Teaching and administration

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

  • Our program encourages students to expand their knowledge and take full advantage of cross-cultural events at GVSU.
  • Students benefit from study abroad opportunities, such as the faculty-led South Africa program offered in spring/summer.
  • WGS students can 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 support individual and collaborative research projects.
  • Students develop a commitment to the community through internships, service learning, and volunteering.

Location & Format

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

  • 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 histories
  • Feminist and queer theories
  • Global feminisms
  • Women and health

Career Options

WGS students can apply their education to careers in:

Combined Degree Programs

This undergraduate degree can be combined with a master's degree to save you time and money, and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, students save $8,500 in our combined degree programs and take up to four fewer classes than if earning the degrees separately.

You can even build your own combined degree from programs in different disciplines to further personalize your education and meet specific career goals.

Admission Requirements

Visit the Admissions website for undergraduate requirements.

For More Information

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

Admissions Office