3570 Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Programs Offered:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Institute for Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
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Amira Jarmakani, Director
Julie Kubala, Director of Undergraduate Studies

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) at Georgia State University contributes to the University’s broader mission of encouraging critical thinking through a focus on feminist interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and community participation.  WGSS 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, WGSS 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, WGSS emphasizes the following areas of study: sexualities, race and globalization, and social change.

Program Admission

Students wishing to major or minor in WGSS must meet the requirements for the Bachelor of Arts degree as described earlier in this catalog. Students should come to the institute office to receive advisement.

Program Academic Regulations

To take WGSS 4920 (Senior Research-CTW), WGSS 4950 (Internship-CTW), or WGSS 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 possible internship sites is available at wgss.gsu.edu.

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, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Area F: Courses Appropriate to the Major (18)

  1. Required Courses (6)
    • FORL 1002 Elementary Foreign Language II (3)
    • WGSS 2010 Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality 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. Required Course in Major (3)
    • WGSS 3030 Introduction to LGBT Studies (3) or
    • WGSS 3040 Globalization and Gender (3)
  3. Remaining Courses in Major Field (21): Seven additional Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses or courses cross-listed with Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, with at least nine hours in a single strand; these strands reflect areas of specialization within the field. The major requirement (WGSS 3030 or WGSS 3040) can also fulfill three hours towards a required strand. Students may, if they wish, take nine hours in an additional strand, or they may choose additional WGSS electives to fulfill the remaining 12 hours. Only courses with the WGSS prefix count as Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies courses. The strands include Sexualities, Race & Globalization, and Social Change.


Race and Globalization:

Social Change:

Additional Electives:

Area H: Minor and Additional Courses

  1. Students majoring in WGSS 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, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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