Women's and Gender Studies

Q: What courses should be taken during the first year?
Students should take WGS 100 (Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies) and WGS 200 (Topics in Feminist Theory), as well as an additional 100-level WGS course (in addition to WGS 100, students are required to take three 100-level courses, from three different departments). Click here to check Women’s and Gender Studies course availability.
Q: What courses should first year students steer clear of?
Students should not take 200-level courses (besides WGS 200, as it’s an introduction to Feminist Theory) until at least their second year. Students should also wait until their second year to take the methods/skills course that is required for the major.
Q: If key introductory courses are filled, are there good alternatives?
Students can take 100-level courses that are listed with WGS.
Q: Is there a preferred sequence of courses students should follow?
After taking WGS 100 and 200, students should start taking their three 100-level courses and begin to think about their specialization, as their three 200-level courses and their capstone course must relate to the specialization.
Q: How and when are advisers determined for declared majors?
Students choose their own advisers, usually faculty who match their specialization. For example, if a student is interested in women and history, she/he would choose a professor from the History Department.
Q: What are the guidelines for internships and/or directed readings?
Internships and directed readings should be related to the WGS specialization.
Q: What courses in related departments do your majors usually take?
Students are required to have a minor, (a second major is encouraged), as well as a specialization within the WGS major. That specialization is often related to the minor/second major, so courses in those departments become the ones that students take.
Q: What are the guidelines for students wishing to pursue any related Accelerated Degree Program (fifth year) option?
WGS should consider a minor or double major in a department in which there is an Accelerated Degree option. For example, a student wanting to pursue the fifth year program in International Development should double major in WGS and IDSC.
Q: What is the preferred mix of courses for someone considering this major (e.g., lecture vs. lab vs. discussion vs. seminar)?
There is no preferred mix. Students are required to take lecture/discussion courses as well as a capstone seminar.
Q: What should be taken into account when considering which minor (e.g. complementary majors, timing and sequence of courses, etc.)?
A minor should be related to the WGS specialization, thereby complementing the WGS major.
Q: Where should students or faculty go for more information?
Students can go to the WGS website, and/or contact the WGS director (for spring 2017 Professor Kristen Williams).