Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

The academic discipline of Women's Studies began in the 1970s, and it examines women’s lives locally and globally, focusing on how gender intersects with other forms of difference including race, disability, ethnicity, class, age and sexual orientation.  At BGSU, the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies program is part of the School of Cultural and Critical Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences.  In addition to core faculty, our program draws on the expertise of affiliated faculty in all colleges of the University.  This faculty educates more than a thousand students every year in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies classes.

We offer both an undergraduate major and minor, a new undergraduate minor in Sexuality Studies, and a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies.


Women’s Studies and Sexuality Studies Minors

The perfect complement to a variety of majors! 


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Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of the baccalaureate degree, students in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies are expected to be able to:

  • Discuss the multiple types of feminisms that currently exist in the U.S. and internationally, as well as their histories and development;
  • Critically analyze and make profitable connections between feminist theories and feminist practices;
  • Explicate the basic debates or areas of contention within contemporary feminist thought;
  • Describe the multiple ways in which gender is intersected by other social relations such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, and nation;
  • Identify the basic components that distinguish feminist methodologies from other approaches to inquiry and the ways in which Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies approaches have transformed traditional disciplines;
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in written and oral expression.

Accreditation and/or Program/Cluster Review
Bowling Green State University [BGSU] is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.  BGSU has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 01/01/1916. The most recent reaffirmation of accreditation was received in 2012 - 2013. Questions should be directed to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness.

The School of Cultural and Critical Studies including Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies underwent Program/Cluster Review during 2021-2022.

Professional Licensure (If applicable)
Bowling Green State University programs leading to licensure, certification and/or endorsement, whether delivered online, face-to-face or in a blended format, satisfy the academic requirements for those credentials set forth by the State of Ohio.

Requirements for licensure, certification and/or endorsement eligibility vary greatly from one profession to another and from state to state. The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program does not lead to professional licensure.

Gainful Employment (If applicable)

Under the Higher Education Act Title IV disclosure requirements, an institution must provide current and prospective students with information about each of its programs that prepares students for gainful employment in a recognized occupation.

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program is not a recognized occupation that requires a Gainful Employment disclosure.

Updated: 03/12/2024 09:01AM