Frequently Asked Questions
1) What is Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS)? Women’s and Gender Studies at NC State University provides students with interdisciplinary perspectives on gender and gender identity from a wide variety of cultures, backgrounds, and historical contexts. The Major isn’t only focused on women, but men’s and women’s lives and how they are influenced by gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, age, race, ethnicity, religion, and national differences.
2) What kind of careers will a WGS Major prepare me for?
"Research on the professional career areas of those with a women’s and gender studies degree found that “graduates clustered in over the past decade and half: higher education administration, entrepreneurship, law, academe, the health professions, and nonprofit work.”
Source: Transforming Scholarship: Why Women’s and Gender Studies Students are Changing Themselves and the World, Michelle Tracy Berger and Cheryl Radeloff, NY: Routledge, 2011.
3) What additional requirements, such as study abroad, service learning or internship are part of WGS? WGS has an internship program that is required of all Majors and open to Minors. Please vist the WGS internship page for more information.
4) How do I find out who my faculty advisor is? The Director of WGS advises all Majors and Minors in the program.
5) How do I become a WGS Major? All current NC State students wanting to change Majors or add a second Major must have at least 12 hours of NC State credit completed before they can do so. Current NC State students can transfer into WGS or add it as a second Major by filling out the appropriate paperwork in Caldwell 106.
If your total GPA is 3.0 or better, you will automatically be accepted. If your GPA is between 2.99 and 2.0, please complete an interatcampus transfer application, these can be found in the CHASS Dean's Office, Caldwell 106.
New students need to apply to NC State Admissions
6) If I choose WGS as a second Major, what additional curriculum requirements are there? If both Majors are in CHASS, then you will just need to complete the “departmental requirements” for WGS.
If your two Majors will be in different colleges, you will need to complete the additional requirements for the other college and the other department.
For your two Majors the following restrictions apply:
- No more than nine hours of overlap coursework may be counted in the two Majors’ departmental requirements. (There is no restriction on the amount of overlap that is allowed in GER or free elective coursework.)
7) Can I minor in WGS? Yes. Students must complete fifteen WGS credit hours with a grade of C- or better, including two required courses and three elective courses. More information of the WGS Minor can be found one our undergraduate programs information page.
8) What makes a good fit as a Minor or second Major for WGS?
Psychology, Sociology, History, Counseling, Social Work, Communications, Political Science, International Studies
9) Where can I find information about scholarships and financial aid? Scholarships and Financial Aid are handled through a central office. The Scholarships and Financial Aid Office website is located here. (http://www.fis.ncsu.edu/financial_aid/)
10) Do you have an affiliated graduate program? Yes. WGS has a graduate Minor. More information can be found on our graduate programs information page.
11) What are good graduate programs in WGS or closely related fields?
Ph.D. Programs: U.S.
Arizona State University – Ph.D. in Gender Studies
Emory University, Atlanta, GA – Ph.D. in Women’s Studies
Indiana University, Bloomington – Ph.D. in Gender Studies
Rutgers University – Ph.D. in Women’s Studies
University of Arizona, Tucson – Ph.D. in Women’s Studies
UCLA – Ph.D. in Women’s Studies
University of Iowa, Iowa City – Ph.D. in Women’s Studies
University of Maryland, College Park – Ph.D. in Women’s Studies
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis – Ph.D. in Women’s Studies.
Center for Advanced Feminist Studies
University of Washington, Seattle – Ph.D. in Women’s Studies
Ph.D. Programs: International
Central European University, Budapest – M.A. and Ph.D. in Gender
London School of Economics and Political Science, Gender Institute, England – Ph.D and M.Phil. in Gender Studies
Manchester University – Ph.D. and M.A. in Women’s Studies
The Netherlands Research School of Women’s Studies – Ph.D.
University of Auckland, New Zealand – M.A. and Ph.D. in Women’s
University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada – M.A. and
University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia – Ph.D. and M.A. in
University of Warwick, England – Ph.D. programs in Women and
Gender. Offers M.A. in Interdisciplinary Gender Studies,
Gender and International Development, or Gender, Literature,
York University, Canada – Ph.D. and M.A. in Women’s Studies
University of York, York, England – D.Phil, M.A., and M.Phil. In
Joint M.A. and Ph.D. Programs
University of California, Davis – Ph.D. and M.A. program in Cultural
Studies with a concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies
University of Cincinnati – J.D./M.A. Joint degree in Law and Women’s Studies
12) Who can I talk to if I have other questions about WGS?
The Director of the WGS Program
Director of Women's and Gender Studies
Dr. Deborah Hooker
248 Tompkins Hall