3570 Women’s Studies

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies
  • Minor in Women’s Studies

Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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Susan Talburt, Director
Julie Kubala, Undergraduate Studies Director

Women’s Studies at Georgia State University contributes to the University’s broader mission of encouraging critical thinking through a focus on feminist and womanist interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and community participation.  Women’s Studies makes explicit the ways in which gender and sexuality, in connection with other categories such as race, class, ability, and age, construct our understandings and experiences of the world.  Furthermore, Women’s Studies analyzes the ways public discourse relies on gender and sexuality to conceptualize such issues as war and militarism, policy, the environment, education, healthcare, economics, the media, and popular culture.  In order to explore these issues, Women’s Studies emphasizes the following areas of study: race, globalization, sexuality, and social change.

Program Admission

Students wishing to major or minor in Women’s Studies must meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as described earlier in this catalog. Students should come to the WSI office to receive advisement.

Program Academic Regulations

To take WSt 4920 (Senior Research-CTW), or WSt 4950 (Internship-CTW), or WSt 4999 (Directed Readings), students must first receive approval from the Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies. Students are responsible for contacting sites and arranging for their own internships. A list of internship sites is available at www.gsu.edu/womensstudies.

Program Degree Requirements

In addition to the Program Degree Requirements, students must fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Degree Requirements (see section 3030) and the University Degree Requirements (see section 1400).

B.A. in Women’s Studies

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. Required Courses (6)
    • FORL 1002 Elementary Foreign Language II (3)
    • WST 2010 Introduction to Women’s Studies (3)
  2. Recommended Courses include but are not limited to (12)
    AAS 2010, ANTH 2020, POLS 2401, PSYC 2040, PSYC 2070, SOCI 1101, SOCI 1160, and SPCH 2050

Area G: Major Courses (30)

  1. Required Courses to fulfill CTW requirement (6)
  2. Remaining Courses in Major Field (24)
    Eight additional Women’s Studies courses or courses crosslisted with Women’s Studies, with at least nine hours in a single strand; these strands reflect areas of specialization within the field. Students may, if they wish, take nine hours in an additional strand, or they may choose additional WSt electives to fulfill the remaining 12 hours. Only courses with the WSt prefix count as Women’s Studies courses. The strands include Sexualities, Race, Globalization, and Social Change.



  • WST 4040 Gender, Race, and Class in Complex Societies (3)
  • WST 4590 Cultural Studies of Gender (3)
  • WST 4750 Black Feminist Thought (3)
  • WST 4760 Activism: History and Theory (3)
  • WST 4840 Arab and Islamic Feminisms (3)


  • WST 4040 Gender, Race, and Class in Complex Societies (3)
  • WST 4050 Global Perspectives on Violence against Women (3)
  • WST 4210 Gender and Power in Ethnographic Perspective (3)
  • WST 4370 Women and Religion (3)
  • WST 4772 Women in Africa (3)
  • WST 4840 Arab and Islamic Feminisms (3)
  • WST 4842 Sexuality and Nationalism (3)

Social Change:

  • WST 4070 Family Violence and Criminal Justice (3)
  • WST 4440 Women in America (4)
  • WST 4510 Feminist Political Theory (3)
  • WST 4620 Psychology of Women (3)
  • WST 4650 Gender and Sexuality in European History  (4)
  • WST 4750 Black Feminist Thought (3)
  • WST 4760 Activism: History and Theory (3)

Additional Electives:

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

  1. Students majoring in Women’s Studies are required to complete a minor of at least 15 hours, at least 9 hours of which must be 3000 level or above. The minor may be taken through a department or institute, or it may be an interdisciplinary minor.
  2. Additional courses not in the major or the minor must be taken as electives to complete a minimum of 120 semester hours, exclusive of KH 1010.

Minor in Women’s Studies

Students choosing to minor in Women’s Studies should complete 15 hours including WSt 2010, WSt 3010, and nine additional hours of upper-division elective WSt courses. Only courses with the WSt prefix count as Women’s Studies courses.