Faculty interested in submitting their course syllabi for possible inclusion in the WGSS curriculum are encouraged to do so. Please note:

  • Courses may be submitted as core courses (which carry a WGS prefix) or as department or program courses (which carry the prefix of—and require the approval of—other departments or programs).
  • Faculty wishing to submit a course that carries the WGS prefix should meet with the WGSS Program Chair before composing/submitting a syllabus.
  • Faculty should submit course syllabi via e-mail to the WGSS Program Chair, along with a 2 to 3 sentence statement as to why the course should be included in the WGSS curriculum.

Courses will be reviewed by the WGSS Advisory Committee using the criteria below. The Advisory Committee will make a recommendation to the Program Chair. The Chair will respond to the faculty member’s proposal in one of 3 ways: by accepting the course, declining the course, or returning the course with suggested changes.


WGSS (core and elective) courses must fulfill the following criteria:

Required: Courses must meet all 3 of the following criteria:

  1. A majority of course content must directly address women, gender and/or sexuality and involve a level of critical feminist analysis.
  2. Course content must be informed by contemporary approaches in the field.
  3. The course must demonstrate attentiveness to intersectionality, linking its investigation of gender and sexuality to race, class, ethnicity, global positionality, and/or other salient aspects of identity

Additional:  Courses must meet 2 of the following 3 criteria:

  1. The course is informed by a feminist theoretical framework.
  2. The course is informed by feminist pedagogy.
  3. The course has a feminist praxis, community-based learning and research, and/or activism component.