Women's and Gender Studies

Degree Requirements

The B.A. in Women’s and Gender Studies 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 WGS 200, WGS 210, WGS 492, WGS 300, and WGS 310, an internship.

Students must also successfully complete all university GER requirements, as well as College of Humanities and Social Sciences requirements. Students 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 concentration.

Applicants for transfer into the Women’s and Gender Studies 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 concentration will be accepted from transfers from outside the university.

Semester by Semester Plan

Women’s and Gender Studies Internship

The Women's and Gender Studies internship is open only to Women’s and Gender 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 Girl Scouts, N.C. Equity, The Women’s Center, WomenNC, The Salvation Army of Wake County, The Wake County Women’s Center, and Planned Parenthood.  The Non-Profit Institute also maintains a list of internship opportunities.

  1. Internship Overview
  2. Internship Process
  3. Internship Email Query Template
  4. Learning Contract Form
  5. Internship Evaluation Form
  6. Information for Agency Supervisors
  7. Your Internship Essay and Presentation Requirements

For more information on the internship, contact the Coordinator of Women's and Gender Studies, Dr. Karey Harwood 

Women’s and Gender Studies courses

  • WGS 200 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies*  sample syllabus
  • WGS 210 Women and Gender in Science and Technology*  sample syllabus
  • WGS 220 Men and Masculinities
  • WGS 300 Introduction to Feminist Theories* (offered in Fall 2014 as WGS 393) sample syllabus
  • WGS 310 Women’s and Gender Studies Internship *
  • WGS 330 Women and Health  sample syllabus
  • WGS 350 Emerging Issues in Women's and Gender Studies
  • WGS 370 Advanced Studies of Gender in Science
  • 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
  • ENG 378 Women and Film
  • 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**

  • AFS 442 Issues in the African Diaspora (Black Feminist Theory)
  • COM 332 Relational Communication
  • COM 467 Advanced Topics in Gender and Communication 
  • ENG 367 LGBTQI Literature in the U.S.
  • 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 concentration

** 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 Women’s and Gender Studies credit.

Search through Registration and Records to find WGS Courses.  Make sure to select WGS when searching for subject.