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Women's Gender & Sexuality Studies

Women's, gender, and sexuality studies is an interdisciplinary major that explores the complexity of human experiences and lives. Through a broad range of subjects, women’s studies raises questions about gender, race, sexual identity, nationality and social class, focusing particularly on their intersections. Women's, gender, and sexuality studies also examines women’s roles and achievements historically and cross-culturally. This program of study challenges stereotypes and inequalities, promotes critical thinking and self-awareness and empowers individuals to work for social change.

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Quick Info

Program Code

15BA-WGS

Real-World Learning Components

Optional internship(s)

Duration

4 years

Admission Criteria

Selective

Location

Main Campus

Freshman Class Profile for this Major

GPA
3.044 - 3.660 (4 pt. scale)
ACT
21.0 - 26.0
SAT
980 - 1180

Department

Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
McMicken College of Arts and Sciences

Contact

3316 West-French Hall
PO Box 210164
Cincinnati,OH  45221
Carolyn Peterson
Email: carolyn.peterson@uc.edu
Phone: 513-556-3917

Student Success Factors

Attention to the intersections between theory and practice is at the heart of women's, gender, and sexuality studies. As an interdisciplinary course of study, women’s studies calls for a range of verbal, analytic and critical skills, as well as the ability to integrate different modes of scholarly inquiry. Students with a keen interest in literature, social science or critical analysis can also focus their work in elective courses.

Career Possibilities

  • advocate for domestic violence or hate crime victims
  • art therapist
  • battered women's center director
  • business owner
  • clinical social worker
  • doctor
  • health clinic medical assistant
  • human services administrator
  • lawyer
  • minister
  • recreational therapist
  • town manager
  • union organizer
  • writer

Additional career options are listed on the Center for Exploratory Studies website.

Major Details

The Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences (A&S) is the academic home for the study of women, gender, and sexuality at UC. Through interdisciplinary teaching, research and community outreach, the department seeks to create a more inclusive and transformative understanding of the world in which we live. In addition to the undergraduate major and minor, the department coordinates a graduate certificate of concentration, a master of arts degree, 4+1 MA degree option, and the MA/JD joint degree with the UC College of Law.

A&S's flexible degree requirements allow for and highly encourage students to pursue multiple areas of study. Free electives allow for enough credits for students to pursue a minor, certificate program or even complete a second major. Some of the most common pairings are listed below.

  • African American studies
  • Anthropology
  • Area studies
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • English
  • Environmental studies
  • Geography
  • International affairs
  • Journalism
  • Judaic studies
  • Languages
  • Philosophy
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban studies
  • Social work

Minor Details

Minor/Certificate Information
The women’s, gender, and sexuality studies minor consists of core courses offered within the department and elective courses offered by other departments across the university. Because of the interdisciplinary structure of the program, students can often pursue this minor with any other major without having to take additional credits or increasing time to degree. Students often minor in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies to apply their insights on gender to another field and to gain an additional credential that serves them well for graduate and professional work.

Minor/Certificate Application
Students interested in minoring in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies should complete the Declaration of A&S Minor and Application for Admission to the Women’s Studies Minor and schedule an advising session with the undergraduate director.

 

Curriculum

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Curriculum Guide Versions:

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Curriculum Guide

Predominant Program

    Major Core Curriculum
    • WGS3002, Feminist Critical Readings, 3
    • WGS4000, Feminist Theory, 3
    • WGS5030, WGSS Capstone, 3
    • WGS4004, Feminist Methods & Methodologies, 3
    • WGS2001, Women, Culture, & Power, DC, SS, 3
    College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Courses, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Sciences (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Sciences (SS) Courses - only one course may be from WGS discipline, SS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspecive (HP) Course, HP, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Requirement, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation Course-- may double count, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, 10 - 12
    Grouping Distribution
    • XXXXxxxx, Grouping Distribution Courses, 9
    WGS Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Department Electives - 2000 level and above, 12
    Free Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Minor or Free Electives, 30 - 32
    Groupings:
    Feminist Politics Studies
    • WGS2039, Introduction to Justice, Gender, and the Law, SE, SS, 3
    • WGS2062, Women and Activism, DC, SE, 3
    • WGS3031, Humanities and Human Rights, HU, 3
    • WGS3037, Women and Global Issues, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3038, Gender and Political Justice, SE, 3
    • WGS3039, Gender and Economic Justice, SE, SS, 3
    • WGS4019, Second Wave Feminism, 3
    • WGS4020, Environmental Justice and Equality, 3
    • WGS4021, Comparative Black Feminisms, 3
    • WGS4032, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Movements, 3
    • WGS4040, International Women's Human Rights, 3
    • WGS4041, Gender, Sexuality, and Development, 3
    • WGS4042, Gender, Sexuality, and Globalization, 3
    • WGS4043, Gender & International Violence, 3
    • WGS4045, Feminisms in Comparative Perspective , 3
    • WGS4046, Transnational Feminist Movements, 3
    • WGS4047, Feminism and Global Justice, 3
    Feminist Science Studies
    • WGS2010, Human Sexuality, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS2011, Psychology of Gender, SE, SS, 3
    • WGS2065, Women and Aging, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3025, Feminism, Gender, and Psychology, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3070, Women in Science, DC, 3
    Feminist Culture Studies
    • WGS2000, Women in American History, DC, HP, 3
    • WGS2031, Black Women Writers, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS2041, Women in Jewish Civilization, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS2045, Lesbian and Gay Literature, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS2051, Outrageous Writings by Women, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS2061, Gender in Popular Culture, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS2070, Feminist Perspectives on Spirituality, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS2071, Women and Religion, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS2090, Women's Autobiographies, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS3000, Comparative Perspectives on 20th Century Women's Reproductive Lives, 3
    • WGS3008, Women in African History, 3
    • WGS3010, Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3014, Jewish Women's Salons and Their Impact on Culture, Identity and Modernity , DC, HU, 3
    • WGS3015, Black Women in US Society, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3020, Masculinities Studies, DC, 3
    • WGS3028, Women in the Bible, DC, HP, 3
    • WGS3041, Introduction to American Ethnic Literature, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS3042, Topics in American Ethnic Literature, 3
    • WGS3044, Interracialism, 3
    • WGS3045, Women and Witchcraft, HP, HU, 3
    • WGS3072, Gender and Artistic Expression, DC, FA, 3
    • WGS4008, Native American Women's Literature, Culture, and History, 3
    • WGS4009, Ethnic Women's Literature, Culture, and History, 3
    • WGS4010, "Third World" Women's Literature, Culture, and History, 3
    • WGS4011, African Women's Literature, Culture, and History, 3
    • WGS4028, Seminar in Cultural Studies, 3
    • WGS4029, Gender, Sexuality, and Culture, 3
    • WGS4034, Childhood Sexual Violence and Contemporary Media, 3
    • WGS4035, Lesbian Literature and Psychology, 3
    WGS Electives
    • WGS2xxx, 2000 level course(s) or above, 12

15BA-WGS-Sexuality

    Major Core Requirements
    • WGS4000, Feminist Theory, 3
    • WGS3002, Feminist Critical Readings, 3
    • WGS2001, Women, Culture, & Power, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS4004, Feminist Methods & Methodologies, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from each group: Feminist Culture Studies, Feminist Politics Studies & Feminist Science , 9
    • WGS5030, WGSS Capstone, 3
    • WGSxxxx, WGS Elective, 3
    College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar ( if admitted freshman year), 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Sciences (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Courses, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspective (HP) Course, HP, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, HU, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) Courses - only 1 course may be from WGS discipline, SS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovations (TI) Course - may double count, 3
    Free Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Electives or Minor Related courses, 30 - 32
    Track Requirements
    • XXXXxxxx, Sexuality Studies Track Requirements, 9
    Groupings:
    Sexuality Studies
    • WGS2010, Human Sexuality, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS2045, Lesbian and Gay Literature, DC, HU, 3
    • WGS3010, Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3020, Masculinities Studies, DC, 3
    • WGS3060, Introduction to Sexuality Studies, DC, HP, 3
    • WGS4029, Gender, Sexuality, and Culture, 3
    • WGS4030, Seminar in Sexuality Studies, 3
    • WGS4031, Global Sexualities, 3
    • WGS4032, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Movements, 3
    • WGS4033, Lesbian and Queer Theory, 3
    • WGS4034, Childhood Sexual Violence and Contemporary Media, 3
    • WGS4035, Lesbian Literature and Psychology, 3
    • WGS4041, Gender, Sexuality, and Development, 3
    • WGS4042, Gender, Sexuality, and Globalization, 3

15BA-WGS-Transnational

    Major Core Requirements
    • WGS3002, Feminist Critical Readings, 3
    • WGS4000, Feminist Theory, 3
    • WGS2001, Women, Culture, & Power, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS4004, Feminist Methods & Methodologies, 3
    • WGS5030, WGSS Capstone, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, One course from each group: Feminist Culture Studies, Feminist Politics Studies & Feminist Science, 9
    • WGSxxxx, WGS Elective, 3
    College Core Requirements
    • ENGL1001, English Composition, EC, 3
    • ENGL2089, Intermediate Composition, EC, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Freshman Seminar (if admitted freshman year), 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Social Science (SS) courses: only 1 course may be from WGS discipline, SS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Natural Sciences (NS) Courses, NS, 6
    • XXXXxxxx, Quantitative Reasoning (QR) Courses, QR, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU) or Fine Arts (FA) Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Humanities (HU)- will be satisfied by Major Core Requirement, 0
    • XXXXxxxx, Foreign Language Sequence, 10 - 12
    • XXXXxxxx, Social & Ethical Issues (SE) or Technology & Innovation (TI) Course - may double count, SE, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Interdisciplinary Course, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, Historical Perspective (HP) Course -, HP, 3
    • HISTxxxx, HIST Course, HP, 3
    • XXXXxxxx, MATH or STAT Course, 3
    Transnational Track Requirements
    • XXXXxxxx, Transnational Track Requirements, 9
    Free Electives
    • XXXXxxxx, Electives or Minor Related Courses, 30 - 32
    Groupings:
    Transnational Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studi
    • WGS3008, Women in African History, 3
    • WGS3037, Women and Global Issues, DC, SS, 3
    • WGS3038, Gender and Political Justice, SE, 3
    • WGS4010, "Third World" Women's Literature, Culture, and History, 3
    • WGS4011, African Women's Literature, Culture, and History, 3
    • WGS4016, Latina and Latin American Feminisms, 3
    • WGS4021, Comparative Black Feminisms, 3
    • WGS4031, Global Sexualities, 3
    • WGS4032, Gender, Sexuality, and Social Movements, 3
    • WGS4040, International Women's Human Rights, 3
    • WGS4041, Gender, Sexuality, and Development, 3
    • WGS4042, Gender, Sexuality, and Globalization, 3
    • WGS4043, Gender & International Violence, 3
    • WGS4044, Gender, Migration, and Citizenship, 3
    • WGS4045, Feminisms in Comparative Perspective , 3
    • WGS4046, Transnational Feminist Movements, 3
    • WGS4047, Feminism and Global Justice, 3
    • WGS6013, WGSS Study Abroad, 1 - 4

UC Advantages and Special Opportunities

Students in the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences enjoy many benefits afforded through study at a research-intensive institution ranked among the nation's top 25 public research universities. UC's urban, Tristate location offers exciting opportunities for global education, research and service learning, while its student-centered focus includes an 11:1 student-faculty ratio, a nationally recognized Center for Exploratory Studies and a highly successful First Year Experience program that teaches critical skills for first-year students and provides connections with important campus resources.

Special Programs

Students in women’s, gender, and sexuality studies at UC experience small classes with much individualized attention, outstanding research and teaching faculty, rigorous and diverse curricula, internship and study-abroad opportunities, graduate student teaching experience, regular symposia and guest speakers, an excellent placement record and a highly supportive environment. They also enjoy mentoring and grant support from the Friends of Women’s Studies, one of the oldest and largest women’s studies community support groups in the country.

Admission Requirements

Freshmen applicants, please visit the Admission Requirements page for more information.

Transferring to UC Requirements

Admission to A&S is generally available for any off-campus student who was admissible directly from high school and has cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in the most recent institution.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • 24 semester (36 quarter) hours earned
  • at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 at most recent institution
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC math placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

University transfer scholarships are available to those who meet specific requirements and ANY admitted A&S transfer student might qualify for an A&S transfer scholarship. Deadlines and eligibility criteria are online via the previous links.

Changing Majors Within UC

Admission to A&S is generally available for University of Cincinnati students enrolled in other colleges if they were admissible directly from high school, have a cumulative 2.0 GPA and a 2.0 in their most recent UC college.

Students who were not admissible directly from high school must have:

  • at least a 2.0 GPA in all college-level courses (both at UC and at other institutions)
  • successfully completed one semester of English composition or its equivalent
  • successfully completed one semester of math with a grade of C- or higher that minimally meets on of the following:
    • Mathematical Literacy (MATH 0029)
    • Intermediate Algebra (MATH 0034)
    • Algebra for College (MATH 0039)
    • Students may also take the UC math placement exam, but must score an MPT of 420 or higher

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, students must:

 

  • Earn at least 120 credits. This can include transfer credit, AP credit and free electives, but does not include preparatory coursework. Students who have met all other degree requirements must continue earning credit until the total number of their earned hours comes to at least 120.
  • Attain a 2.0 grade point average for all courses taken at the University of Cincinnati.
  • Be in good academic standing, that is, not on either academic probation or disciplinary probation or suspension.
  • Complete the residency requirement by earning at least 30 credits after matriculating into the college.
  • Complete all of the requirements of at least one major (see major requirements above).
  • Complete the College Core Requirements.
  • Submit an application for graduation to the registrar's office by their posted deadline.

Application Deadlines

While midyear admission is possible, fall semester is generally the best time to enter the college, since many course sequences begin in that semester. Applicants to the UC McMicken College of Arts and Sciences who are enrolled or who were previously enrolled as degree-seeking students in A&S or in other UC colleges should apply for admission directly to A&S (in French West, 2nd Floor). All other applicants who wish to earn an undergraduate degree from A&S should apply through the Office of Admissions (3rd Floor, University Pavilion).

Accreditation

The University of Cincinnati and all regional campuses are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.