Degree Requirements

First- and Second-Year Preparation

It is recommended that students complete WGSS 201, the introductory course, and consult the undergraduate advisor.

Requirements for the B.A. or B.G.S. Major

Women's Studies Major Course Requirements

Women’s Studies Core Knowledge and Skills

Majors must complete a course in each of the following areas:

Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Introduction. Satisfied by WGSS 201

Social Science Core. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following: 

Humanities Core. Core satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following:

Theory. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following: 

International focus. Satisfied by 1 course (3 hours) chosen from the following (not satisfying requirement above): 

Women’s Studies Required Electives

Humanities Elective. Satisfied by any core humanities course not already satisfying core requirement above or any of the approved humanities electives (see catalog).

Social Sciences Elective. Satisfied by any core social science course not already satisfying core requirements above or any approved social science elective.

Women’s Studies Electives. Satisfied by any 2 courses not already satisfying core requirements above or any of the following:

Capstone Experience. Seminar in Women’s Studies (to be taken in the student’s final year), satisfied by WGSS 601.

Note: Courses with a blank (____) at the end of their titles are typically topics or seminar courses that may be repeated for credit. Usually these courses offer different topics each time they are taught. Students should check with the course instructor about the requirements to take the course and what the topic will be when it is offered.

Women's Studies Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses (above), majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 18 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

 

With careful planning and commitment to a full-time course load, you can graduate in 4 years. Download a sample 4-year plan for women's studies.

A major in women’s studies can be combined with a complementary second major in the humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences. Students in the professional schools also may integrate women’s studies with their programs.

Contact Info

Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Blake Hall
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 318
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-2310
http://www.wgss.ku.edu/
Alesha Doan, Chair
785-864-2310

Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Blake Hall
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 318
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-2310
http://wgss.ku.edu/
Alesha Doan, Undergraduate Advisor
785-864-2310

Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Blake Hall
1541 Lilac Lane, Room 318
Lawrence, KS 66045-7545
785-864-2310
http://wgss.ku.edu/
Ann Schofield, Graduate Advisor
785-864-2310
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