​​​​​​​​​Women and Gender Studies Degree Requirements

The Women and Gender Studies major requires 30 hours of coursework. The minor requires 21 hours of coursework. For questions about advising, email Dr. Edward Clayton, program director, at wgs@cmich.edu​

Major in Women and Gender Studies

Core Courses (9 Hours)
  • ​WGS 100 - How Gender Affects Our Lives
  • WGS/PHL/PSC 426 - Feminist Theory
  • WGS 496 - Capstone Seminar in Women​'s Studies
​​Required Courses I ​(9 Hours)
Select three of the following:
  • ​​​​WGS/ECO 230 - Women in the Economy
  • WGS/SOC 317 - Sociology of Sex and Gender
  • WGS/PSC 326 - Women and Politics
  • WGS/PSY 334 - Psychology of Women
  • WGS/GRN 430 - Women and Aging
  • WGS/ANT/SOC 590 - Gender, Culture, and Society
​​​​Required Co​urses II (6 Hours)
Select two of the following:​​
  • WGS/REL 207 - Women in Religion
  • WGS/REL 303 - Goddesses
  • WGS/ENG 327 - Women Writers
  • WGS 328/HST 326 - Women in America
  • WGS/HST 354 - Women in European History
  • WGS/COM 362 - Gender Communication
  • WGS/ART 382 - Gender and Art
​Electives (6 Hours)
Chosen from the courses not selected from the lists above, or from the following group:
  • ​BLR ​325 - Women and the Law
  • JRN 380 - Racial and Cultural Diversity: Mass Media's Role
  • MGT 357 - Women in Management
  • WGS 312/HDF 213 - Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • HST 221 - Growing Up in America
  • WGS 297 - Special Topic in Women's Studies
  • WGS 319/PES 319 - Women and Sport
  • WGS/SOC 410 - Women, Crime and Deviance
  • WGS 497 - Special Topics in Women's Studies

Total Semester Hours: 30​


NOTE: Courses must be selected in consultation with an advisor.

Women and Gender Studies Minor, B.A.; B.A.A.; B.S.; B.S. in B.A.

Core Courses (9 Hours)
  • WGS 100 - How Gender Affects Our Lives 3(3-0)
  • WGS 426/PHL 426/PSC 426 - Feminist Theory 3(3-0)
  • WGS 496 - Capstone Seminar in Women's Studies 3(3-0)
Required Courses I (3 Hours)
LBGTQ Studies
Select one of the following:
  • WGS 204/ENG 204/SOC 204 - LGBTQ Identities 3(3-0)
  • WGS 213/HDF 213 - Introduction to Human Sexuality 3(3-0)
  • WGS 280/FMD 280 - Queer Fashion 3(3-0)
Required Courses II (3 Hours)
Developing an Intersectional Lens
Select one of the following:
  • CGL 145 - Racism and Discrimination in America through Dialogue 3(3-0)
  • ENG 333 - Literatures of Non-Western Cultures 3(3-0)
  • ENG 444 - In Her Own Words: Global Feminist Perspectives 3(3-0)
  • HST 120 - Unlikely Princesses: Women of World History 3(3-0)
  • SOC 323 - Racism and Inequality 3(3-0)
  • WGS 207/REL 207 - Women in Religion 3(3-0)
Electives (6 hours)
Select two of the following
  • BLR 325 - Women and the Law 3(3-0)
  • MGT 357 - Women in Management 3(3-0)
  • WGS 297 - Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies 3-6(Spec)
  • WGS 302/REL 302 - Witchcraft, Magic, and Occult Phenomena 3(3-0)
  • WGS 303/REL 303 - Goddesses 3(3-0)
  • WGS 317/SOC 317 - Sociology of Gender 3(3-0)
  • WGS 326/PSC 326 - Women and Politics 3(3-0)
  • WGS 327/ENG 327 - Women Writers: Gender, Sexuality, and Literature 3(3-0)
  • WGS 328/HST 326 - Women in America 3(3-0)
  • WGS 334/PSY 334 - Psychology of Women 3(3-0)
  • WGS 362/COM 362 - Gender Communication 3(3-0)
  • WGS 382/ART 382 - Gender and Art 3(3-0)
  • WGS 410/SOC 410 - Women, Crime and Deviance 3(3-0)
  • WGS 430/HDF 430 -Women and Aging 3(3-0)
  • WGS 497 - Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies 3-6(Spec)
  • WGS 590/ANT 590/SOC 590 - Gender, Culture, and Society 3(3-0)

Total Semester Hours: 21