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Women’s and Gender Studies Major

How to Declare

  1. If you would like to talk to a professor for advising first, please see our faculty page and come to the open office hours for any listed professor.
  2. Visit the WGS office, HEN 315, and pick up our Intake Sheet (it is on the wall outside the office door). Fill out the top portion and return to any of the office staff.
  3. Look for a confirmation email in your uoregon account and for the minor requirements to appear on your degree audit in DuckWeb.

Requirements

The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies offers an undergraduate major in Women’s & Gender Studies leading to a Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) degree. Students may major in Women’s & Gender Studies alone or as one of two or more majors. Majors must construct their programs in consultation with WGS advisors.

Keep track of your requirements using the degree worksheet.

Specfic Courses 24
WGS 101 Women, Difference, and Power 4
WGS 303 Women and Gender in American History 4
WGS 315 History and Development of Feminist Theory 4
WGS 321 Feminist Perspectives: Identity, Race, and Culture 4
WGS 351 Introduction to Global Feminisms 4
WGS 352 Gender, Literature and Culture 4
Seminars 4
WGS 411 Feminist Praxis (Internship) 4
Electives 20
Approved courses with the WGS subject code 8
Approved upper-division courses with WGS or other subject code 12
Total Credits 48

* These 48 SCH in WGS are in addition to the requirements of a second major, if applicable.

Students should consider selecting a set of elective courses that constitute a coherent and focused course of study within the major. Students are encouraged to plan their courses with advisors to achieve this goal. All courses counting toward the major must be taken for letter grades except for:

  • WGS 403 – Thesis
  • WGS 405 – Reading and Conference
  • WGS 409 – Practicum
  • WGS 413 – Feminist Pedagogy

No more than 12 credits taken pass/no pass in these courses may be counted toward the major. At least 32 credits must be in upper-division courses. At least 24 upper-division credits must be taken at the University of Oregon.

WGS majors must attain a grade-point average of 2.50 or higher in courses applied to the major; all graded courses in the major must be completed with grades of C- or higher.

Note: Students who have declared their major before fall term 2013 may choose the requirements in place when they declared or those above.

Senior Thesis in Women’s and Gender Studies

Students interested in producing a substantial piece of original research and writing may elect to do a senior thesis in Women’s and Gender Studies. Eligible students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 in WGS.

Thesis Requirements

Students producing a senior thesis should expect to do this work over the course of a full year prior to their graduation.

Summer-Fall: Summer-Fall:  Students should identify a primary advisor who is either a faculty member in Women’s and Gender Studies or an affiliate faculty member.   In fall term, Students must register for WGS 405 (1-4 variable credits) and meet with the WGS 601 course “Dissertation and Research Writing.”  By the end of the fall term, they should have a complete draft of a research proposal approved by their thesis advisor.  Proposals will be 5-8 pages in length and will identify an important issue in the field of gender/sexuality studies and the question(s) the student wishes to pursue about the topic.  If an affiliate faculty member is advising the student, the student must have their proposal approved by their primary advisor in WGS as well.

Winter: Students will spend winter term conducting their research and writing the thesis and working closely with their advisor.  By the end of winter term, students should have completed their research and be well into writing the thesis.  They may sign up for research or reading credits with their adviser during winter term.

Spring: Students write, revise, and produce a final draft of the thesis.  A first draft of the thesis is due ideally in the third or fourth week of the term.  A revised (hopefully final) draft of the thesis is due in the sixth or seventh week of spring term.  The length of a senior thesis will vary, but generally they are 35-50 pages long.

Honors in Women’s & Gender Studies

If the primary advisor feels that the thesis is of honors quality, they must seek a second reader for the thesis.  If both faculty members concur that the thesis is of honors quality the thesis will be designated honors and the student will be informed.  If the primary advisor is a WGS faculty member, the second reader can be either another WGS faculty member or an affiliate.  If the primary advisor is an affiliate of WGS, then the second reader must be a WGS faculty member.

If the senior thesis is designated honors, the student must file the thesis in the WGS main office and their degree will indicate that they graduated with honors in Women’s and Gender Studies.