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Women’s and Gender Studies
The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies (WGS) offers students an opportunity to learn about the past and present achievements and experiences of women and to understand more clearly the decisive role that gender has played and continues to play in human societies.
Women’s and Gender Studies is administered by a committee of faculty members appointed by the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. WGS is interdisciplinary, and courses are taught in many areas of study: Anthropology, Architecture, Arts & Administration, Education, English, History, International Studies, Journalism, Literature, Philosophy, Planning & Public Policy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology, among others.
Any student may take WGS courses. Some students take a few courses to complement the curriculum in another major. Others choose to fulfill the requirements for a major or minor in WGS.
Many WGS courses satisfy group and multicultural requirements. For courses approved to fulfill these requirements, see the current list on the registrar’s website.
No specific high school preparation is necessary. Students who transfer to the University from other colleges may apply up to 8 credits of WGS courses to the major or minor program.
Since women comprise more than half of the world’s population, an understanding of their experiences, abilities, and needs is an asset to careers in such fields as education, social service, government, business, law, medicine, the ministry, journalism, counseling, and childcare. In addition, a Women’s & Gender Studies background can be used as a basis for entering a growing number of graduate programs that emphasize the study of women or gender.