International Studies & Programs

Major/Minors

GenCen administers the following undergraduate academic programs:


Women's and Gender Studies Major

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This is a Bachelor's of Arts (BA) degree, administered through the Center for Gender in Global Context (GenCen) and offered through the College of Arts & Letters (CAL). 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. The major provides up-to-date knowledge about women and gender in comparative, transnational, historical, and global perspectives and equips students with the knowledge, theories, and methods relevant to a variety of careers and professions. This major emphasizes the intersections of gender with other social identities such as race, social class, religion, ethnicity, nationality, age, and sexual orientation.

In addition to university and CAL BA requirements, this major requires core Women's Studies courses WS 201, WS 202, WS 203, six credits in courses on global perspectives from an approved list, twelve credits in a chosen thematic area from an approved list, two to four credits in a semester internship component, and the WS 492 capstone course. Contact the GenCen Advisor to learn more.

View requirements for this degree (MSU Registrar's Office)

Download the Women's and Gender Studies Major brochure [pdf]


Women's and Gender Studies Minor

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This minor is available to students enrolled in Bachelor's degree programs other than those enrolled in the Women's and Gender Studies Major, and is offered through the College of Arts & Letters and administered by GenCen. 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 wishes to study gender but 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.

View requirements for this minor (MSU Registrar's Office)

Download Women's and Gender Studies Minor brochure [pdf]


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ) and Sexuality Studies Minor

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The Minor in LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies is available to students enrolled in any Bachelor's degree program, and is offered through the College of Arts & Letters and administered by GenCen. It 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 core course WS/RCAH/LB 304, two courses from an additional core list, as well as at least one elective course chosen from an additional list, and a final capstone experience chosen from either WS 492, a semester guided independent study, or a semester internship experience. Students who wish to pursue the minor must contact the GenCen Advisor to arrange an appropriate course of study; elective courses must be approved by the Advisor to ensure adequate LGBTQ Studies content. A list of additional approved courses is maintained by the Advisor.

View requirements for this minor (MSU Registrar's Office)

Download the LGBTQ and Sexuality Studies Minor brochure [pdf]


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