Women, Gender & Sexuality Major

To declare a WGS Major

  1. Review the website listings of the WGS Course Catalog and approved affiliated courses.
  2. Review requirements below to select from: WGS Major without concentrations, WGS Major with a concentration in Gender Studies or a WGS Major with a concentration in Sexuality Studies.
  3. Obtain a current copy of your Academic Advising Transcript from the Student Information System (SIS).
  4. Obtain a copy of the Declaration of Major form from Monroe Hall or the WGS office in Levering Hall. 
  5. Complete the Major Advising Worksheet.
  6. Complete the WGS Student Information Form.
  7. Review your completed forms with WGS Director of Undergraduate Programs, Bonnie Hagerman during office hours or email to make an appointment.

Requirements for Major


There are three ways to complete a major in Women, Gender & Sexuality: the Women, Gender & Sexuality major with no area of concentration, the Women, Gender & Sexuality major with a concentration in Gender Studies, and the Women, Gender & Sexuality major with a concentration in Sexuality Studies. There are no prerequisites to decalre a major in WGS though many students take WGS 2100 Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies before declaring.

 

A. The major in Women, Gender & Sexuality (WGS) without concentrations requires the completion of 10 courses (30 credits). At least seven courses must be at the 3000 level or above (inluding the two 4000 level seminars below). These must include the following required courses:

  1. WGS 2100 Introduction to Gender and Sexualtiy Studies
  2. Either WGS 3810 Feminist Theory or WGS 3800 Queer Theory
  3. Two WGS seminar courses at the 4000 level or above
  4. One WGS or approved affiliate course designated as providing Global Perspectives
  5. Two WGS elective courses

A minimum grade of C must be earned in any course counted toward the major. Courses counting toward the WGS major may include up to two Independent Study courses (which may include one semester of an approved internship). Three courses may be “double-counted” toward a major in WGS and a major in another department; that is, three courses taken for another major can also count toward the WGS major.

 

B. The major in Women, Gender & Sexuality (WGS) with a concentration in Gender Studies requires the completion of 10 courses (30 credits). At least seven courses must be at the 3000 level or above (inluding the two 4000 level seminars below). These must include the following required courses:

  1. WGS 2100 Introduction to Gender & Sexuality Studies
  2. WGS 3810 Feminist Theory
  3. Two WGS seminar courses at the 4000 level or above
  4. One WGS or approved affiliate course designated as concentrating on Global Perspectives
  5. Two WGS elective courses designated as providing a Gender Focus

A minimum grade of C must be earned in any course counted toward the major. Courses counting toward the WGS major may include up to two Independent Study courses (which may include one semester of an approved internship). Three courses may be “double-counted” toward a major in WGS and a major in another department; that is, three courses taken for another major can also count toward the WGS major.

 

C. The major in Women, Gender & Sexuality (WGS) with a concentration in Sexuality Studies requires the completion of 10 courses (30 credits). At least seven courses must be at the 3000 level or above(inluding the two 4000 level seminars below). These must include the following required courses:

  1. WGS 2100 Introduction to Gender & Sexuality Studies
  2. WGS 3800 Queer Theory
  3. Two WGS seminar courses at the 4000 level or above
  4. One WGS or approved affiliate course designated as concentrating on Global Perspectives
  5. Two WGS elective courses designated as providing a Sexuality focus

A minimum grade of C must be earned in any course counted toward the major. Courses counting toward the WGS major may include up to two Independent Study courses (which may include one semester of an approved internship). Three courses may be “double-counted” toward a major in WGS and a major in another department; that is, three courses taken for another major can also count toward the WGS major.

The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.