Women’s, Gender AND SEXUALITY Studies Major (36 Credit Hours)

All Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies (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. Women’s, Gender and Sexuality 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.

All Northeastern majors have a Writing Intensive Program course. In WGS you can take either WGS-201 WIP: Writing for Social Change or Global Studies GS-205 WIP: Interdisciplinary Research and Writing.  Integrated with the knowledge covered in the course, students also learn and practice writing in the discipline of Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Required Core Courses

18 credits  


Introduction to Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

3 credits


WIP: Writing for Social Change

3 credits


Feminist Activism

3 credits


Feminist Theory

3 credits


Internship in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

3 credits


Seminar in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

3 credits

Approved WGS Electives/Cross-listed courses from at least two departments

18 credits



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, Gender and Sexuality 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 WGS Advisor or WGS Coordinator and may not exceed six credit hours.