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Grand Valley State University    
2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog 
  Sep 26, 2018
2015-2016 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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

Requirements for a Major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Students majoring in women, gender and sexuality 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 four electives at the 200 level or higher, one of which must come from the high impact/civic engagement emphasis. The required courses are:


For the remaining four 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 one of the following tracks:

Track 1:

  • Women/Gender Studies Research Methods ( )
  • College Algebra ( ) or Calculus 1 ( )
  • Problem Solving Using Spreadsheets ( )

Track 2:

  • Women/Gender Studies Research Methods ( )
  • Introductory Applied Statistics ( )

And one of the following:

Double Major

A double major in women, gender, and sexuality 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, gender, and sexuality 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, gender, and/or sexuality abroad, students should contact the women, gender, and sexuality studies program and the Barbara H. Padnos International Center.

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

Second Year

Third Year

Fourth Year

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Description

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