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Women's Studies Major

Undergraduate Major

The flexible program of study leading to the Major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies provides you with a rich liberal arts education and prepares you to work in a variety of fields.  Some students go on to graduate school, but most students find careers working with women as teachers, entrepreneurs, counselors, human resource specialists, and so on.  See our Job Prospects section to learn more about what people do with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies degrees

WS Major Requirement for New BGSU Students (those entering Fall 2012 or later):

The major in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies consists of three elective courses and eight required courses.  Majors will take four of these required courses with other students from the units in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies (CCS) which includes American Culture Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Popular Culture.  These interdisciplinary CCS courses are designed to bring together the diverse knowledge and skills our majors have gathered and prepare them for life after BGSU.  In these courses, students will learn cultural studies theories and research methods, create their own research project, and engage in service-learning.

Required:

  • WS 2000: Introduction to Women's Studies
  • WS 2730: History of Feminist Thought and Action
  • WS 3050: Women of Color in the U.S.
  • WS 3130: Contemporary Global Feminisms
  • CCS 3030: Intersections of Race, Gender, and Culture
  • CCS 3710: Gender, Race & Culture in Community Based-Practice
  • CCS 4850: Qualitative Research Methods
  • CCS 4860: Captstone Seminar

Electives:

Choose three electives based on your areas of interest.

 WS Major Requirements for Students Entering Prior to Fall 2012:

The Major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies consists of 4 required courses, a senior capstone experiences (selected from two paths), and 7 elective courses. 

Required:

  • WS 2000: Introduction to Women’s Studies
  • WS 2730: History of Feminist Thought and Action
  • WS 3050: Women of Color in the U.S.
  • WS 3130: Contemporary Global Feminisms

Senior Capstone (two choices): 

Internship

This option mixes academics with activism at the national, local, or global levels. The internship includes:

  • WS 3710: Gender and Practice in Community Based Work
  • WS 4010: Practicum

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies students have interned in a variety of places.  The internship is planned in consultation with the Undergraduate Studies Coordinator.  Browse the Internship page to find out about places students have interned at to complete their practicum, but, remember, you can intern someplace that works for YOU!

Thesis

This option allows you to pursue research, culminating in a polished senior thesis. The thesis sequence includes:

The senior thesis is highly recommended for students considering graduate or professional school.  

Electives

Students choose 7 electives based on their areas of interest.  Below is a small sample of some of our elective courses.  Go to the Courses page to view a list of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses with full descriptions.

  • WS 2400: Introduction to Gay and Lesbian Studies
  • WS 3440: African Women
  • WS 4450: Women’s Sexualities
  • WS 4670: Gender, Media, and Culture