Pursuing a WGSS-focused Major

Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies BA Program

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, per advisement/approval of director)
  • WGSS 450 Capstone Seminar (OR a comparable capstone course in another program, per advisement/approval of director)
  • 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).


Course descriptions and additional details are available in the University Catalog.

Students with transfer credits must complete at least 50% of major courses at WWU, per University policy.

Students who are preparing for graduation should contact the WGSS advisor to request a major evaluation: Joshua.Cerretti@wwu.edu