Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major

The Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department provides students:

  • An interdisciplinary program of study grounded in the liberal arts
  • A culminating academic experience through which students link the insights of separate courses 
  • Opportunities to apply theory to meaningful research or action projects, including internships, field work and service learning

In the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, 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.

Major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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. Please visit the GVSU catalog for a complete program description and to view WGS course offerings. You may view Student Learning Outcomes for the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program as well.

Core Courses: All required (15 credits)

WGS 200 Introduction to Gender Studies

WGS 360 Foundations of Feminism

WGS 395 Women/Gender Studies Research Methods

WGS 450 Global Feminisms

WGS 495 Capstone

High impact/civic engagement emphasis: Students must complete one of the following courses (3 credits):

  • WGS 490 - WGS Internship 
  • WGS 491 - Contemporary Theory and Practicum 
  • WGS 492 - Women's Community Collaborative
  • WGS 493 - Community Collaborative in South Africa 

For the remaining four electives, students can choose from a wide range of courses within WGS, courses cross-listed with other departments, and others approved for meeting program requirements.