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

The study of women, gender, and sexuality provides an interdisciplinary program grounded in the liberal arts, a culminating academic experience that links the insights of separate courses, and opportunities to apply theory to meaningful research or in internships, fieldwork, and service learning.

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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.

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

  • Explore the study of feminism, activism, and gender and its global impact.
  • Prepare for careers in leadership, social services, and politics.
  • Develop a commitment to community through internships, service learning, and volunteering.
  • Actively engage in individual and collaborative research projects with impact on culture and society.
  • Make an immediate impact on your community through the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity, Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, and Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Career Insights

This tool shows an overview of potential career opportunities for this major. Actual salaries, employment opportunities, and job titles may change over time.

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
  • Global feminisms
  • Women and health

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.


Hands-on learning and other fieldwork not only deepen your mastery of your discipline but also give you the edge employers seek. Visit our experience matters page to see the work GVSU students are doing in their co-ops and internships.

Admission Requirements

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For More Information

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

Admissions Office