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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. This culminating academic experience links the insights of separate courses and opportunities to apply theory to meaningful research, internships, and fieldwork.

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Students are admitted directly into this program.
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. Additional courses may be needed for the required 120 credits necessary to graduate.

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 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.



Students take courses covering a variety of topics, including:

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

Combined Degree Programs

Many GVSU undergraduate programs can be combined with an existing master’s degree program to save on tuition and get you into the workforce sooner. On average, you can save $8,500 by pursuing a combined degree and take up to four fewer courses than if earning the degrees separately.

Talk with an advisor about how you can build your combined degree from existing programs to further personalize your education and create your own niche area of expertise.


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

School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
229 Lake Ontario Hall
(616) 331-8229
[email protected]

Admissions and Recruitment Office