Women's and Gender Studies

Mosiac of Knowledge

Undergraduate Program

The Major

Women’s and Gender Studies majors must take ten (10) WGS courses and complete a minor or a second major (strongly preferred) in another field. The major requirements are distributed over five components as follows:

  • Two Core Courses in Women’s and Gender Studies:
    WGS 110 Introduction to Women’s Studies and
    WGS 200 Introduction to Feminist Theory.
  • Three Elective Courses carrying the WGS attribute,
    and taken from three different departments.
  • Three Specialization Courses at the 200-level or above,
    carrying the WGS attribute, and taken from at least two different departments.
    Students will design an area specialization in consultation with their adviser and must receive the approval of the WGS Director.
  • One Methods or Skills Course related to the student’s WGS specialization.
    This course may overlap a required course for the student’s minor or second major.
  • One Advanced Research or Internship Credit designed around the student’s WGS specialization.
    The research credit may be taken as an advanced research seminar or directed study designed around a special project, and may overlap with a capstone course required for the student’s minor or second major with the approval of the other department. Internships must be organized through Career Services.

The Minor

Women’s and Gender Studies minors must take a minimum of six (6) WGS courses. The minor requirements are distributed over three components as follows:

  • One Core Course in Women’s and Gender Studies:
    WGS 110 Introduction to Women’s Studies.
  • Four Elective Courses carrying the WGS attribute,
    with at least two courses at the 200-level.
    It is recommended that these include both social sciences and humanities courses.
  • One Advanced Research or Internship Credit selected in consultation with a WGS adviser.
    The research credit may be taken as an advanced research seminar or directed study designed around a special project, and may overlap with a capstone course required for the student’s minor or second major with the approval of the other department. Internships must be organized through Career Services.

Choosing an Adviser

When declaring a major or minor in WGS, all students must select a faculty adviser who is affiliated with the WGS Program. WGS students work closely with their faculty adviser to refine their interests and develop individualized areas specialization within the field. We urge students to choose advisers who are based in the departments of their minor fields or second majors, but recognize that some students may prefer to work with two different advisers. If you would like guidance in selecting a WGS adviser, the Director can help you to identify faculty with expertise in your areas of interest. Please contact the WGS Program Office at (508) 793-7358 or email wgs@clarku.edu to schedule an appointment.