The major in Women’s and Gender Studies is comprised of a minimum of 9 courses, configured as follows:

  • WGS 101: Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies (required)
  • WGS 280: Feminist Theory (required)
  • 7 additional approved courses, two of which must be selected from different academic divisions
  • At least one 300 level course (core or elective) or an Independent Study in WGS designed as a capstone experience.

WGS majors work closely with their adviser(s) to select a sequence of courses that brings focus to their studies and is suited to their particular interests. Students majoring in WGS are strongly encouraged to participate in a WGS Internship or Community-Based Learning course and to study abroad, when possible.

The Women’s and Gender Studies major prepares students to become confident leaders within today’s diverse society and changing workplace. Many WGS majors choose to double major, combining their WGS coursework with another Lafayette degree.