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WGSS Program Strengths

  • Faculty in WGSS work in a number of new research areas, including theories of identities and bodies, women and the environment, feminist theory, queer theory, global feminism, critical race studies, and disability studies.
  • The WGSS program maintains close relations with the Women*s Center and the Gender Identity/Expression and Sexual Orientation Resource Center.
  • WGSS students tend to be people who want to make a difference in the world. Their personal goals and intellectual development are of major importance to our faculty.
  • The program emphasizes collaborative learning and critical thinking in a global and activist context, one that gives students ownership over their education.
  • Each student is assigned a faculty mentor who is a resource for majors who are pursuing graduate degrees, undergraduate research, academic publications, and career exploration within the field.

Certification Requirements

  • 24 completed semester credits
  • 2.0 minimum grade point average

Suggested Classes for First Year Students

W_ST 101: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
W_ST 120: Sex, Race, and Reproduction in Global Health Politics
W_ST/ENGL 211: Sex Matters: Introduction to Queer Culture and Literature

Suggested Classes for Transfer Students

W_ST/SOC/ 300/ENGL 310: Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
W_ST 338: Gender, Race, and Popular Culture
W_ST/SOC 385: Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
W_ST 485: Theoretical Issues in Queer Studies

Math Requirement

Any UCORE math, including:
MATH 105: Exploring Mathematics
PHIL 201: Elementary Logic

Required Courses

W_ST 101: Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies OR W_ST 120: Sex, Race, and Reproduction in Global Health Politics
W_ST/ANTH 332 Global Feminisms OR W_ST 340 Third World Women and Film OR W_ST 406 Women and Work in Global Contexts
W_ST/SOC 385 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
W_ST 481: Feminist Theory
W_ST/CRIM J 403: Violence Toward Women OR W_ST 495 ReDirections in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Career Options

  • Work for nonprofit and/or nongovernmental agencies advocating for environmental justice, transgender rights, access to health care.
  • Work in community service organizations, such as shelters and youth centers.
  • Work in human resources, policy analysis, community development.
  • Continue studies in law school, public health, social work, justice studies, gender studies, and much more.
  • Change your world.

For more information

wgss@wsu.edu
509-335-2581

Leisa McCormick, M.A. English
Academic Coordinator/Advisor 2
Department of English
Avery 202J, MS 5020
509-335-0496

lmccormick@wsu.edu