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Major in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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Degree Requirements

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

The B.A. in interdisciplinary studies with a women’s, gender, and sexuality studies concentration requires 120 credit hours. A total of 30 of those 120 hours will be in courses in the major concentration, 12 of which will be advised electives. Students are required to take the following courses:

  • WGS 200: Introduction to Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • WGS 210: Women and Gender in Science and Technology
  • WGS 300: Introduction to Feminist Theories or WGS 380: Black Feminist Theory
  • WGS 310: Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Internship
  • WGS 492: Theoretical Issues in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Students must also complete all university General Education Program and College of Humanities and Social Sciences requirements.

In addition, we require students to complete an internship (WGS 310) and prepare a capstone senior thesis (WGS 492) as part of their degree.

Admitted students must 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 concentration.

NC State transfer applicants 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 concentration will be accepted from transfers from outside the university.

Bachelor of Science (B.S.)

This B.S. offers the same major requirements as the B.A., but has different General Education Program specifications. This degree’s “science-friendly” focus makes it easier for science majors to add women’s, gender and sexuality studies as a second major.  

The program experience is exactly the same, but math, science, humanities, foreign language and other requirements will align more with a science-focused plan of study. The new degree pathway will also allow students to combine their interests in gender and science, to explore the field of feminist science studies and to create their own unique blend of courses.

The B.S. also includes an advanced science/technology requirement of 15 credit hours, which has the option to be a recognized academic minor.


  • WGS 200: Introduction Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies* sample syllabus  sample syllabus  
  • WGS/STS 210: Women and Gender in Science and Technology*  sample syllabus 
  • WGS 220: Men and Masculinities
  • WGS 300: Introduction to Feminist Theories* sample syllabus
  • WGS 310: Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Internship *
  • WGS 330: Women and Health sample syllabus
  • WGS 350: Emerging Issues in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies sample syllabus
  • WGS 370: Advanced Studies of Gender in Science
  •  WGS/AFS: 380 Black Feminist Theory* sample syllabus
  • WGS 390: Queer Theory
  • WGS 492: Theoretical Issues in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies*
  • WGS 493: Special Topics in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

*Course required for major concentration

  • WGS/SOC 204: Sociology of the Family
  • WGS/SOC 304: Gender and Society
  • WGS/ENG 305: Women and Literature
  • WGS/PS 306: Gender and Politics in the United States
  • WGS/ENG 308: Contemporary Issues in Ecofeminism
  • WGS/ENG 327: Language and Gender
  • WGS/MUS 360: Women and Music
  • WGS/COM 362: Communication and Gender
  • WGS/PSY 406: Psychology of Gender
  • WGS/SOC 407: Sociology of Sexualities
  • WGS/ENG 410: Studies in Gender and Genre
  • WGS/PS 418: Gender, Law, and Policies
  • WGS/ANT 444: Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Women
  • WGS/HI 447: Women in America: From Contact to the Civil War
  • WGS/HI 448: American Women in the Twentieth Century
  • WGS/REL 472: Women and Religion
  • WGS/REL 473: Religion, Gender, and Reproductive Technologies
  • AFS 346: Black Popular Culture
  • AFS 442: Issues in the African Diaspora (Black Feminist Theory)
  • COM 332: Relational Communication
  • COM 467: Advanced Topics in Gender and Communication 
  • ENG 378: Women and Film
  • ENG 367: LGBTQI Literature in the U.S.
  • HI 369: Sexuality in U.S. History
  • HI 412: The Sexes and Society in Early Modern Europe
  • HI 423: Women in European Enlightenment
  • HI 477: Women in the Middle East
  • SOC 212: Race in America
  • SOC 312: Multicultural Social Work
  • SOC 404: Families and Work
  • SOC 495: Race, Gender, and Families

These courses 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 women’s, gender and sexuality studies credit.


The women’s, gender and sexuality studies internship (WGS 310) is open only to women’s, gender and sexuality studies undergraduates. The internship consists of practical work and functions as a counterpart to the academic and more theoretical focus of other major or minor courses. Therefore, the internship should be scheduled towards the end of the course of study.

A paper that ties together practice and theory is required and is written under the supervision of the program coordinator. Readings and classes may also be required. In the past, students have interned with such organizations as Equality NC, the NC State Women’s Center, the LGBT Center of Raleigh, WomenNCInteract, the Women’s Center of Wake County, and Planned Parenthood.