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Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major


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.

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.

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.
  • WGSS 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.