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Women’s and Gender Studies Major


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. You can 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
Upper-division WGS courses 8
WGS or other subject code (8 credits can be lower-division) 12
Total Credits 48

* These 48 credits 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

Caveats and other restrictions:

  • No more than 8 credits taken pass/no pass may be counted toward the major.
  • No more than 4 credits of WGS 409 practicum may apply 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.