College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Pursuing a WGSS-focused Major

Western Washington University’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program draws on interdisciplinary research and teaching to analyze the formation of sex, gender, and sexuality as they intersect with race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, and ability. Our program encourages theory and praxis that critically considers global and local communities in efforts to revise, re-envision, and reimagine social change. The WGSS major provides students with the skills to critically and actively engage with the world around them. Our plan of study equips students in various ways: to understand, apply, analyze, and critique key concepts and theoretical positions in feminist, gender, sexuality, and queer studies; to assess and denaturalize identities and experiences as embedded in and produced by interlocking and intersectional systems of power and inequalities; to integrate feminist, gender and queer analysis into a variety of scholarly, social, political, creative, and activist practices.

Requirements : 60 CREDITS

Choose two courses from:

WGSS 211 Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

WGSS 212 Feminist Theory and Expression
WGSS 213 Introduction to Queer and Sexuality Studies


WGSS 350 Feminist and Queer Methodologies

Or a comparable methods course in another program under advisement


WGSS 450 Capstone Seminar

Or a comparable capstone course in another program under advisement


20 credits from 300­ and 400 ­level WGSS courses


20 additional credits of approved electives in any discipline (up to 10 credits at the 200­ level).

Students who wish to declare a minor or major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies should contact: 

Professor Vicki Hsueh - AH 405  • 

WINTER 2020 Office Hours

Bond Hall 103 -- Tuesdays and Thursdays 2:30-4pm and by appointment

You can also meet with Angela Brown, WGSS Program Coordinator in Miller Hall 223, Mon-Fri 9am-12pm. (360) 650 3918