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Grand Valley State University    
  Mar 22, 2018
2013-2014 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Women and Gender Studies

Requirements for a Major in Women and Gender Studies

Students majoring in women and gender studies are required to complete at least 30 credit hours, including Introduction to Gender Studies, Foundations of Feminism, Women/Gender Studies Research Methods, Global Feminisms, and the Senior Seminar. Students must also take five electives at the 200-level or higher. The required courses are:


For the remaining five electives, students have a wide range of WGS courses, courses cross-listed with other departments, and other courses approved for meeting program requirements. These courses include:

B.A. or B.S. Degree Requirements

Candidates for the B.A. degree must demonstrate third-semester proficiency in a foreign language, either by completing successfully a 201-level language course or by passing a proficiency examination in the language chosen.  Candidates for the B.S. degree must complete the following cognate sequence:

Double Major

A double major in women and gender studies and a disciplinary area of study carries many advantages for students with interests in particular departmental majors and gender issues.

Study Abroad

Students interested in women and gender studies are encouraged to seek study-abroad experience in programs that examine issues of gender and its relationship to economics, political movements, society, and empowerment.

For more information about opportunities to study women and/or gender abroad, students should contact the women and gender studies program and the Barbara H. Padnos International Center.

Suggested Order of Coursework for a Major in Women and Gender Studies

First Year

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Women and Gender Studies Program Description

Click here for the program description.