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Introduction 

Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) is an interdisciplinary field that explores the experiences of women and the many ways that gender works throughout everyone’s lives. Gender shapes our identities, how we are perceived socially and our opportunities in life.

At Northeastern Illinois University, we approach our studies through intersections of feminist, anti-racist, multicultural, global and ecological perspectives.  We examine how power is distributed and used along the intersections of race, class, gender, geography, age, abilities and sexualities.

We work together to create an environment of learning and passionate commitment to social justice.  Women’s and Gender Studies is not just about learning facts and theories, but also about praxis—using our knowledge to become practitioners, researchers, learners, leaders and activists.  We work to develop and implement meaningful social change within the university and beyond.

Women's and Gender Studies

Degree Requirements 

All WGS majors must complete six core courses (18 credit hours) and complete six courses (18 credit hours) of electives for a total of 36 credit hours. 
 
All Northeastern majors have a Writing Intensive Program course.  Ours is WGS-201 WIP: Feminist Ideas.  Integrated with the knowledge covered in the course, students also learn and practice writing in the discipline of Women’s and Gender Studies.
 
Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field, meaning that it draws on knowledge and methods that cross the boundaries of traditional academic disciplines (i.e., sociology, philosophy, history, psychology, literature, the arts and so on).
 
Many of the electives are cross-listed courses, which means they are offered under another department, but have content that focuses on women and/or gender and/or LGBTQ issues.  Electives must be chosen from at least two different academic departments.
 

Courses 

General Education

Our WGS-101 Women’s Perspectives and Values course fulfills a Humanities requirement for Northeastern's General Education Program. WGS-210 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Studies course fulfills a Social/Behavioral Sciences requirement.
Required Core Courses
18 credits  
WGS-101
Women’s Perspective and Values
3 credits
WGS-201
WIP: Feminist Ideas
3 credits
WGS-202
Feminist Ideas
3 credits
WGS-302
Feminist Theory: Questions of Race, Class and Sexuality
3 credits
WGS-323
Internship in Women’s and Gender Studies
3 credits
WGS-350
Seminar in Women’s and Gender Studies
3 credits
Approved WGS Electives/Cross-listed courses from at least two departments
 
18 credits
Total
 
36 credits

Students choose electives from both WGS electives (that is, any course that is not a required core course) and a list of approved cross-listed courses. Your goal should be to experience an interdisciplinary approach to Women's and Gender Studies through studying with a wide variety of WGS faculty from several different departments.  If you wish to propose an elective that is not an approved cross-listed course, it must be approved by the major advisor and may not exceed six credit hours.

Suggested 4-Year Course Schedule 

This model shows how you might complete your WGS Major and BA in 4 years.

Following this model enables you to complete your degree in 4 years, taking 15 credit hours per semester.  Please note that if you need developmental Math courses, additional time will be required.

You may review other models for approaching your course work over a longer period of time. See 5 year model below.
 
* Women’s & Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program.  Some or all of your electives for the WGS major might be from our many cross-listed courses from other departments.

 

This model shows how you might complete your WGS Major and BA in 5 years.

Following this model enables you to complete your degree in 5 years, taking 12 credit hours per semester.  Please note that if you need developmental Math courses, additional time will be required.
 
If you need to spread your course work over a longer period than 5 years, contact the WGS Advisor or WGS Coordinator.
 
* Women’s & Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program.  Some or all of your electives for the WGS major might be from our many cross-listed courses from other departments.
 
 
 

This model shows how you might complete your WGS Major and BA if you transferred in with an Associates degree in which your General Education courses are complete.

Following this model enables you to attend NEIU part-time, taking 6 credit hours per semester over 10 terms.

* Women’s & Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program.  Some or all of your electives for the WGS major might be from our many cross-listed courses from other departments.

Careers & Employment 

This degree emphasizes the value of diversity, relationships and coalition building, preparing graduates to listen, to communicate across differences in background and viewpoint, to analyze reports and to respond openly to change.  These are all skills that will allow you to pursue successful careers in many fields: teaching and school administration; social services; law enforcement; counseling; community organizations; communication; business and marketing; human resources and management; services and hospitality industries; and in healthcare fields such as nursing, medicine, pharmacy and administration. For more information, visit Northeastern's Career Development Center and the National Women’s Studies Association.

Program Contact Information 

Women's and Gender Studies Program
Northeastern Illinois University
Room LWH 2096
5500 North St. Louis Avenue
Chicago, Illinois 60625-4699
 
Monday - Friday
(9:00am - 5:00 pm)

Telephone: (773) 442-4550
Fax: (773) 442-4900
TTY-TTD (Typewriter telephone for the hearing impaired): (773) 442-4999 (incoming only)

Nancy Matthews, Program Coordinator, x4791
Ann Botz, Office Administrator, x4550
 

Other 

Empowering Students Computer Lab

Want to work on a paper, finish an assignment or check your email in a friendly, supportive and comfortable computer lab?  Students are welcome to use our Empowering Students Computer Lab, located in the WGS/AFAM/LLAS office in Room LWH 2096. 

Student Clubs

The Feminist Collective and the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender Alliance are student clubs that are closely related to the WGS Program.  Explore other clubs through the Office of Student Leadership and Development.

Events

The Women's and Gender Studies Program sponsors events that promote its mission and enrich the University community.  We often co-sponsor events with other campus programs that share our values and mission. 

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