Major & Minor Requirements

For Spring 2020 ONLY all WGSS courses will have a pass/fail option with the exception of Honors Theses.

The Major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

A Bachelor of Arts degree with a Major or Second Major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies requires a total of 27 credits, 21 of which must be taken in courses numbered 300 or above. At least 18 of the 21 upper level credits for the major may only count for the WGSS major and may not be double-counted towards another major. Classes that count for the major should be registered as WGSS courses (i.e., with the WGSS designation, L77). All courses taken for the major must be taken for a grade and earn at least a C- or above.

The following six requirements must be fulfilled through WGSS home-based or cross-listed courses taken at Washington University. The Theory and the Methods/Service Learning requirements MUST be completed at Washington University. Students wishing an exception, to transfer credits in Theory or Methods/Service Learning, may petition the Director and Associate Director, who will consider the request.

The following requirements start with the Class of 2022 .  If you have previously declared the major requirements differ, please meet with your advisor regarding requirements prior to the Class of 2022.

  • 3 credits of an Introductory-level course: WGSS 100B Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. You must file a copy of a paper from this course with the WGSS office (McMillan Hall, Room 210).
  • 3 credits of a Theory course
  • 3 credits of a Feminist Research Methods OR a Service Learning course. *Students who write an honors thesis must take the Feminist Research Methodologies class (L77 417W) and enroll in Honors Thesis:  Research and Writing (L77 499) to fulfill this requirement.  Students who take L77 417W must turn in a copy of their final paper from this class to the WGSS office located in McMillan Hall, Room 210.
  • 6 credits at the 400 level OR an Honors Thesis (Beginning Fall 2018 - Students who declared prior to Fall 2018 only 3 credits at the 400 level are required) - One of the 3 credit classes must be a home-based WGSS class; the second may be either home-based or cross-listed. Please see your WGSS advisor for approval of your choice and to ensure that one of your classes is a home-based course.  
  • 3 credits of a Historical Context course - A course home-based or cross-listed in WGSS that examines gender in a historic context. Note: A class that satisfies one of the above 4 areas may also fulfill this requirement.
  • 3 credits of an Ethnic/Global/Racial Context course-A course home-based or cross-listed in WGSS that examines gender in an ethnic/global or racial context. Note: A class that satisfies one of the above 4 areas may also fulfill this requirement.

We strongly encourage and support students who wish to study abroad and will accept up to 9 credits from approved programs. Please see Barbara Baumgartner, WGSS Study Interim Abroad Supervisor, about this option.

Current students wishing to take courses at another university during the summer may transfer up to 6 credit hours. These credits do not fulfill the methods, theory, or intro. requirement.

Transfer Students - Students transferring to Washington University, who wish to complete a major in WGSS, may transfer no more than 9 credits of WGSS course work taken elsewhere

OPTIONAL MAJOR TRACKS

A student majoring in WGSS may choose one of the following two tracks within the major if the student’s interests lie within these areas.  With the exception of the capstone class, which must be taken for anyone who does not write an honors thesis, the tracks do not require additional courses;  rather, the courses outlined in each track fulfill the WGSS requirements through a concentration of courses in one of the two tracks. 

 

POLITICS TRACK

Intro (3 credits, required by all majors)

Introduction to WGSS

 

Research Methods (3 credits, Choose one)

Community-Engaged Learning: Gender and Incarceration

Community-Engaged Learning: Projects in Domestic Violence

Feminist Research Methodologies

 

Race/Ethnicity/Politics (3 credits, Choose one. These courses can also be electives.)

Sex in the City: Sexuality and the Urban Landscape

Imperialism and Sexuality: India, South Asia, and the World

From Mammy to the Welfare Queen

Feminist Fire: Radical Black Women in the 20th Century

 

Sexuality and Politics (3 credits, Choose one. These courses can also be electives.)

Sex Trafficking

Sex and Money: Economies of Desire

Queering Citizenship

Queer Histories

The Racial and Sexual Politics of Public Health

American Religion and the Politics of Gender and Sexuality

Sexuality and the State

 

One non-U.S. course (3 credits, Choose one)

Imperialism and Sexuality: India, South Asia, and the World

Incredible India

Transnational Feminisms

Islam, Gender, and Sexuality

War, Gender, and Genocide in Modern Europe

Gender, Sexuality and Communism in 20th Century Europe

Globalization and Gender

 

Theory (3 credits, Choose one)

Bodies Out of Bounds: Feminist and Queer Disability Studies

From Mammy to the Welfare Queen African American Women Theorize Identity

Confronting Capitalism: Feminism, Work, and Solidarity

Feminist Political Theory

Transnational Feminisms

Everyday Unruliness: Feminist and Queer Resistance

 

History (3 credits)

Your choice from the WGSS course offerings in this area.

 

Electives (3 credits; Open, but one of the classes listed below is encouraged).

American Religion and the Politics of Gender and Sexuality

Gender and Social Class

Bodies out of Bounds: Feminist and Queer Disability Studies

Revolutionize It! Second Wave Feminism and the Struggle for a Radical Movement

Gender and Politics

Gender and Society

Law Gender, and Justice

Gender Violence (if you want to take the Domestic Violence Service Learning class you must take this class)

Sex, Gender and Power

 

Capstone Project or Honors Thesis (3 credits)

Students will either complete an Honors Thesis or take a Sex and Gender in Public, which is a 1.5 credit hour course that meets once a week both semesters in their senior year and will result in a capstone project exploring gender and/ or sexuality and politics broadly conceived.

 

**Please note that 6 credits must be taken at the 400 level

 

HEALTH TRACK

Intro (3 credits, required by all majors)

Introduction to WGSS

 

Theory  (3 credits, required by all majors)

Bodies Out of Bounds

 

History   (3 credits; choose one)

Making Sex and Gender

From Hysteria to Hysterectomy:  Women’s Health Care in America

History of the Body              

Gender, Religion, Medicine and Science

 

Race or Non-US course (3 credits; choose one)

The Racial and Sexual Politics of Public Health

The AIDS Epidemic

Gender, Culture and Madness

Transnational Reproductive Health Issues

The Global History of HIV/AIDS

 

Electives (3 credits; Choose One)

Contemporary Women’s Health

Trans Studies

Gender Violence

 

Research Methods (3 credits):

Your choice from the WGSS course offerings in this area.

 

Other Electives (6 credits;  Choose any two WGSS home-based or cross-listed classes)

 

Capstone Project or Honors Thesis (3 credits)

Students will either complete an Honors Thesis or take a Sex and Gender in Public, which is a 1.5 credit hour course that meets once a week both semesters in their senior year and will result in a capstone project exploring gender and/ or sexuality and politics broadly conceived.

 

**Please note that 6 credits must be taken at the 400 level

 

 

Bachelor of Arts Degree with a Minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

A Bachelor's Degree with a Minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies requires 18 units in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, 12 of them in courses numbered 300 or above. All minor courses /must/ be home-based or cross-listed in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. All courses taken for the minor must be taken for a grade and earn at least a C- or above.

We strongly encourage and support students who wish to study abroad and will accept up to 6 credits from approved programs.  Please contact the WGSS Study Abroad Supervisor for approval.

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