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General Distribution Requirement WGSS 210, WGSS 220, WGSS 240, WGSS 310, WGSS 315, WGSS 325, WGSS 330 count toward the general distribution requirement in humanities. WGSS 101, WGSS 102, WGSS 305, WGSS 364 and WGSS 405 count toward the social science distribution requirement. WGSS 252, WGSS 262 and WGSS 354 count toward the general distribution requirement in fine arts. WGSS 117 counts toward the math/natural science distribution requirement. Courses in the department numbered WGSS 100, WGSS 200, WGSS 300 and WGSS 400 will count toward either the humanities or social science distribution requirement (announced at registration), depending on the subject matter. Any topics courses (WGSS 194, WGSS 294, WGSS 394, WGSS 494) require approval by the department to qualify for general distribution credit. Courses approved for women's, gender, and sexuality studies offered through other departments meet the general distribution requirements of that department.
General Education Requirements
Courses that meet the general education requirements in writing, quantitative thinking, internationalism, and U.S. identities and differences will be posted on the Registrar's web page in advance of registration for each semester.
Additional information regarding the general distribution requirement and the general education requirements can be found in the graduation requirements section of this catalog.
The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department participates in the honors program and strongly encourages its majors to consider doing an honors project for their senior year. Eligibility requirements, application procedures, and specific project expectations for the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies department are available on the department website or from the Director of Academic Programs.
Examination of special topics of interest to faculty and students. Occasionally offered. (4 credits)
The department offers independent study options in the form of independent projects, internships, preceptorships and Honors independent projects. For more information contact the department and review the Curriculum section of the catalog.
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major
NOTE: The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality studies major and minor plans may not include more than 3 courses which are already used on any other single major, minor or concentration plan the student has declared.
The major consists of 10 courses (40 credits). These courses must include the following:
5. Six additional WGSS courses, two of which must be 300-level courses.
Points to consider in developing your WGSS major:
- You should plan your WGSS major in consultation with a department faculty member in WGSS and as you do so, consider what you'd like to accomplish with this major.
- Although not required, we recommend you take at least one 300-level elective (see #5 above) from a WGSS department faculty member since these specific courses will build most directly on the knowledge obtained in WGSS 200.
- The major may include up to the equivalent of 4 credit hours from a study-away program.
- The department strongly recommends civic engagement or other community work. Up to 4 credit hours of independent study or internship may count toward the major.
- The major may not include more than 3 courses which are already used on any other single major, minor or concentration plan the student has declared.
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor
The minor consists of 5 courses (20 credits). These courses must include the following:
3. One 300-level WGSS course
4. Two additional WGSS courses at any level
Points to consider in developing your WGSS minor:
- Although not required, we encourage you to consider taking WGSS 400 or complete an independent study or internship in WGSS. Completing one of these options will help you better link WGSS theory to practice and provide a tangible opportunity to link this minor to your major area of study.
- The minor may include up to the equivalent of 4 credit hours from a study-away program.
- The department strongly recommends civic engagement or other community work. Up to 4 credit hours of independent study or internship may count toward the minor.