Women's and Gender Studies

Mosiac of Knowledge

Undergraduate Program

The Major

All Women's and Gender Studies majors must take ten (10) WGS courses and complete a minor or a second major in another field. The major requirements are distributed as follows:

  • Three Core Courses: WS 110 Introduction to Women's Studies, WS 200 Introduction to Feminist Theory, and a Senior Capstone seminar, directed study, or internship.
  • Three Introductory or 100-Level Courses from three different departments.
  • Three 200-Level Courses in a chosen theme or area of specialization from at least two different departments. Students will design a specialization in consultation with their adviser and must receive the approval of the Women's and Gender Studies director. Appropriate specializations include, but are not limited to, women and work; gender and environment; gender, culture and human rights; gender identity and sexuality.
  • One Methods or Skills course related to student's WGS specialization. This course may overlap with the required minor or second major.

The Women's and Gender Studies director will help students identify an adviser based on WGS specialization, minor field, or second major. Advisers will be drawn from WGS faculty across the university.

The Minor

Students who wish to obtain a minor in Women's and Gender Studies must meet the following requirements that include a minimum of six (6) WGS courses distributed as follows:

  • WS110 Introduction to Women's Studies.
  • Four additional courses listed as part of the WGS program. It is recommended that these include both social sciences and humanities. Two of these courses must be at the 200-level.
  • A one-credit internship, special project, or advanced research seminar in WGS. All internships include readings and a faculty supervisor.


Women's Studies graduates get jobs in many different fields. Because of the interdisciplinary nature of Clark's WGS program, our students develop both critical thinking and collaborative skills in both their major field and Women's and Gender Studies. They gain the marketable skills of analysis, research, writing, communication, leadership and organization. WGS graduates enjoy successful careers in law, politics, governmental policy, K-12 education, business, and international and community development. Many students also go on to complete professional and advanced academic degrees.