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Women's and Gender Studies degree
Women's and Gender Studies minor
LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies minor
Gender and Global Change degree

Women's and Gender Studies Degree

This is a Bachelor's of Arts degree which has recently been redesigned through the combined efforts of GenCen and the College of Arts & Letters. This degree is administered through the Center for Gender in Global Context and is offered through the College of Arts & Letters. This degree is ideal for students who wish to study gender and its intersections with aspects within other fields of interest, and is also an excellent choice as a second major for anyone wishing to double-major.

In addition to university requirements for a BA, this degree requires certain core courses such as WS 201, six credits in courses on global perspectives from an approved list, twelve credits in a thematic area from an approved list, and two to four credits in an internship component.

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Women's and Gender Studies Minor

This minor is available to students enrolled in Bachelor's degree programs, other than those enrolled in the BA in Women's and Gender Studies. This minor is administered through the Center for Gender in Global Context and is offered through the College of Arts & Letters. This interdisciplinary minor provides students with in-depth opportunities to study the intersections of gender with other aspects of identity within their fields of interest, and is an excellent choice for anyone who does not wish to double-major.

This minor requires enrollment in core courses WS 201 and WS 202, and nine credits in courses from one of four thematic areas (Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and History; Sexuality and Conflict/Violence; Gender and the Arts and Humanities; and Gender Applied: Health, Urban, and Public Policy). Students who wish to pursue the minor must contact the GenCen Advisor to arrange an appropriate course of study and to generate a list of approved courses for their chosen thematic area. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for their bachelor’s degree.

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LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies Minor

This minor is available to students enrolled in Bachelor's degree programs, other than those enrolled in the BA in Women's and Gender Studies. This minor is administered through the Center for Gender in Global Context and is offered through the College of Arts & Letters. The Minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Sexuality Studies is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate students to obtain a comprehensive, global, cross/interdisciplinary academic experience in sexualities, gender identity and expression, and queer identities and activism. The minor complements a wide range of majors and is especially suited for students who plan to work with and advocate for issues of diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural understandings.

This minor requires enrollment in introductory course WS 304, two core courses chosen with the assistance of the GenCen advisor, at least one elective course chosen with the assistance of the GenCen advisor, and a final capstone course of either WS 490, Ws 492, or WS 493. Students who are also completing the Women’s and Gender Studies Minor may only use one of WS 201, 202, or 304 in fulfillment of the requirements for both minors. With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for their bachelor’s degree.

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Gender and Global Change Degree

This is a Bachelor's of Arts degree which was formerly a concentration track within the Global Area Studies degree. The GenCen now hosts this degree, which is offered through the College of Social Science. This degree targets students who are interested in the relationship between the changes associated with globalization and gender disparities. Requirements include either foreign language competency or significant international experience. Refer to the catalog description for more details.

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