WGS Major--email Dr. Deborah Hooker for more information, or look at the degree audit for WGS at Registration and Records.
The Major in Women's and Gender Studies, approved in April 2006 by The UNC Board of Governors, is a wonderful choice for students interested in critically examining and reinterpreting existing data and common assumptions about gender and gender identity, in understanding the contributions made by women in various fields of endeavor, and in gaining insight into femnist theories and methodologies. The degree enables students to examine both women's and men's lives as they are affected by gender, sexuality, sexual orientation, age, race, class, ethnicity, religion, and national differences.
The B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies requires a total of 122 total hours for the Major. A total of 30 of those 122 hours will be in courses in the Major, 12 of which will be advised electives. Students are required to take WGS 200, WGS 210, WGS 492, and WGS 310, an internship.
Students must also successfully complete all university GER requirements, as well as College of Humanities and Social Sciences requirements. WGS Majors will also be required to either complete an internship (WGS 310), or prepare a capstone senior thesis as part of his or her degree.
Students who are admitted into the Women’s and Gender Studies Program are expected to maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.0. Students must receive a “C-” or better in any Major course to receive credit for that course. Students must maintain a minimum overall GPA of 2.0 in their Major.
Applicants for transfer into the WGS program from within the university must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on their completed college level work. No more than 72 hours of approved college credit and up to 12 hours for the 30-hour Major will be accepted from transfers from outside the university.
Women’s and Gender Studies courses (courses with an asterisk are required)
WGS 200 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies*
WGS 210 Women and Gender in Science and Technology*
WGS 310 Women’s and Gender Studies Internship *
WGS 492 Theoretical Issues in Women's and Gender Studies*
WGS 493 Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies
Cross-listed Women’s and Gender Studies courses
WGS/ANT 444 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women
WGS/COM 362 Communication and Gender
WGS/ENG 305 Women and Literature
WGS/ENG 327 Language and Gender
WGS/ENG 410 Studies in Gender and Genre
WGS/HI 447 History of American Women to 1900
WGS/HI 448 American Women in the 20th Century
WGS/MUS 360 Women and Music
WGS/PS 306 Gender and Politics in the United States
WGS/PS 418 Gender, Law, and Policies
WGS/PSY 406 Psychology of Gender
WGS/REL 472 Women and Religion
WGS/SOC 204 Sociology of the Family
WGS/SOC 304 Women and Men in Society
WGS/SOC 407 Sociology of Sexualities
Examples of courses that can be taken for Women’s and Gender Studies credit**
COM 332 Relational Communication
COM 467 Advanced Topics in Gender and Communication
HI 412 The Sexes and Society in Early Modern Europe
HI 423 Women in European Enlightenment
HI 477 Women in the Middle East
* Courses required for Major
** These courses will vary from semester to semester and this does not present an exhaustive list; in any semester, we will have several special topics courses that may be taken for WGS credit.
Students must complete fifteen credit hours with a grade of C- or better, including two required courses and three elective courses.
Please note: Students may only double count one course towards both their Major and the WGS Minor.
WGS 200 Introduction to Women's Studies
WGS 492 Theoretical Issues in Women's Studies
ANT/WGS 444 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women
COM/WGS 362 Communication and Gender
ENG/WGS 305 Women and Literature
ENG/WGS 327 Language and Gender
HI/WGS 423 Women in European Enlightenment
HI/WGS 447 American Women to 1900
HI/WGS 448 American Women in the 20th Century
STS/ WGS 210 Women and Gender in Science and Technology
WGS 310 Internship in Women's and Gender Studies
MUS/WGS 360 Women and Music
PS/WGS 418 Gender, Law, and Policy
PSY/WGS 406 Psychology of Gender
SOC/WGS 204 Sociology of the Family
SOC/WGS 304 Women and Men in Society
SOC/WGS 407 Sociology of Sexualities
WGS 493 Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
*Special topics in a variety of disciplines may be taken with the approval of the Women's and Gender Studies Curriculum Committee.
Also note that each semester, a number of courses that are not listed here as WGS/ courses can be taken for WGS credit. For that list, go to current courses page and click on the course listing link.
To complete a WGS Minor is a simple process but it's a good idea to get the paperwork in progress. Download the form available here in Word format. List on the form the WGS courses you've taken and grades received. Courses in progress and planned courses to be taken in the final semester should also be listed. The form must be signed by the Director of WGS and by the CHASS Dean's Office. It is then forwarded to the student's home department.
Find current information on course offerings/semester, visit the
Registration and Records site.