Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Degree Requirement for the 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 WGS 200, WGS 210, WGS 492, WGS 300 or WGS 380, and WGS 310, an internship.

Students must also successfully complete all university GEP requirements, as well as College of Humanities and Social Sciences requirements. Students will be required to complete an internship (WGS 310) and prepare a capstone senior thesis (WGS 492) as part of their degree.

Students who are admitted into the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality 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, Gender, and Sexuality 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.

Degree Requirement for the B.S.

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program in Interdisciplinary Studies is proud to announce a new degree pathway beginning Fall 2020: Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies - Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Concentration.  This new B.S. in WGS offers the same major requirements as the B.A. in WGS, but with the general education requirements of a B.S. degree rather than a B.A.  This “science-friendly” set of requirements makes it easier for a student who is majoring in any of the sciences to add WGS as a second major.  

The experience of majoring in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Concentration is exactly the same, but math, science, humanities, foreign language requirements and more will align efficiently 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 according to their interests.

Comparison Chart of the B.A. and B.S. Pathways



Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Internship

The Women's and Gender Studies internship 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 Girl Scouts, Equality NCThe Women’s Center, WomenNC, InteractWomen's Center of Wake County, and Planned Parenthood.  

  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, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Dr. Karey Harwood 

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses

  • WGS 200 Introduction to Women's and Gender 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 and Gender Studies Internship *
  • WGS 330 Women and Health sample syllabus
  • WGS 350 Emerging Issues in Women's and Gender 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 and Gender Studies*
  • WGS 493 Special Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies

Cross-listed Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses

  • 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 

Examples of courses that can be taken for Women's Gender, and Sexuality Studies credit**

  • 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

* 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 Gender, and Sexuality Studies credit.

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