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Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major

NEW Requirements – Effective Fall 2018

The Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers an undergraduate major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality 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.

Students declaring a major prior to Fall 2018 have the option to follow the old requirements.

WGSS Major Degree Worksheet
48 Credits

Take: WGS introductory courses (4 credits total)

WGS 101

Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies

Choose two: WGS 200 level courses (8 credits total)

WGS 201

Introduction to Queer Studies

WGS 211

Black Feminist Histories

WGS 221

Bodies and Power

WGS 250

Gender, Literature and Culture

WGS 251

Transnational and Indigenous Feminisms

WGS 261

Gender and Popular Culture

Choose three WGS 300 level courses and five WGS 400

level courses OR

Choose four WGS 300 level courses and four WGS 400 level courses (32 credits total)

WGS 303

Women, Gender and History

WGS 311

Black Feminist Theories

WGS 315

Feminist Theory

WGS 321

Feminist Perspectives: Identity, race, culture


WGS 322

Queer Theory

WGS 331

Science, Technology & Gender

WGS 341

Women, Work and Class

WGS 350

Literature as Feminist Theory

WGS 351

Decolonial Feminisms

WGS 361

Gender, Film and Media

WGS 407


WGS 409


WGS 410

Experimental course

WGS 421

Bodies and Embodiment

WGS 422

Sexuality Studies

WGS 432

Gender, Environment and Development

WGS 450

Literature and Feminist World-Making

WGS 451

Global Perspectives on Gender

Take: WGS Feminist Praxis (4 credits total)

WGS 411

Feminist Praxis

Additional requirements:

  1. No more than 8 credits may be taken pass/no
  2. All graded courses in the major must be completed with grades of C-
  3. At least 16 credits applied to the WGS major must be taken at the University of Oregon
  4. Up to 12 credits at the upper division level may be approved in other subject codes with advisor approval.
  5. No more than 8 credits from another major or minor may count toward the WGS major.