Women's and Gender Studies - BA

Women's and Gender Studies is a flexible interdisciplinary program devoted to the critical analysis of gender and the pursuit of knowledge about women throughout history and around the world. Combining the methods and insights of traditional liberal arts disciplines with the special insights of scholarship on women’s and gender studies, our courses yield fresh perspectives on the nature of gender as it intersects with race, ethnicity, class, religion, and nation, and encourage students to look beyond their own culture and era in examining gender’s role in shaping society. Through interdisciplinary breadth and an emphasis on critical thinking, women’s and gender studies prepares students to employ critical learning in their private lives as well as in public roles as citizens and members of a diverse and complex workforce.

Majors in women’s and gender studies receive training in both humanities and social sciences approaches and are required to complete coursework that focuses on material beyond dominant U.S. culture; core courses have both theoretical and applied focuses. In addition, majors pursue a strong liberal arts education and complete a minor in another disciplinary or interdisciplinary area, enhancing career options and enabling students to complement their work in the major and further their educational objectives by gaining detailed knowledge of a second area.

Since gender has far-reaching influence on daily life, world culture, and public policy, this major equips students to enter a wide range of fields. As a liberal arts degree, women’s and gender studies is attractive to employers looking for recruits trained in critical thinking, organizational skills, reading, writing, and presenting in a wide range of subject areas. Expertise in women’s and gender issues is increasingly important to businesses, governmental agencies, and other organizations dealing with matters such as sexual harassment, flex-time, parental leave, and pay equity, just as specialists in women’s and gender studies find opportunities in education, law, health care, social work, counseling, media, public policy, and a wide range of other fields.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 1 3
WGST 200 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies 3
American history 3
Foreign language 2 4
Mathematics 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
American history 3
Foreign language 2 4
Mathematics 3
WGST humanities elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours16
Second Year
Fall
Foreign language 2 3
Government/Political science 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Minor 4 3
WGST humanities elective 3 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Government/Political science 3
Foreign language 2 3
Minor 4 3
WGST elective 5 3
WGST social science elective 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Third Year
Fall
Creative arts 7 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
Minor 4 3
WGST elective 5 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Social and behavioral sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
Minor 4 3
WGST social science elective 6 3
General elective 7,8 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Fourth Year
Fall
WGST 401 Feminist Theory 3
Language, philosophy and culture 7 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Minor 4 3
General elective 7,8 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
WGST 481 Senior Seminar 3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 7 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Minor 4 3
General elective 7,8 1
 Semester Credit Hours13
 Total Semester Credit Hours120

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program. See your academic advisor for further information.

27 hours of WGST coursework required for the BA degree.

A minimum 2.0 GPR and a minimum grade of C for a course to count in the major. Completion of a minor in another field and completion of distribution requirements in the major as outlined.

At least 12 semester hours in the major must be completed in advanced courses (300- and 400-level), and at least 12 semester hours in the major field must be completed in residence at Texas A&M.

Minor Requirements

All Women's and Gender Studies majors, with the exception of those who are double-majoring, must complete a minor chosen from other departments or divisions within or outside the College of Liberal Arts. The minor will consist of 15–18 hours of coursework with a minimum of 6 hours in residence at the 300- to 400-level. A grade of C or higher is required if a course is to count in the minor. Courses taken toward the minor may also be used to satisfy University Core Curriculum requirements. Students should consult the advisor for the minor or the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the College of Liberal Arts for details about how to satisfy minor requirements.

College and University Requirements

Other courses may qualify. Students should consult the approved lists of courses available in the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the College of Liberal Arts. Students must complete a minimum of 36 hours of 300- or 400-level course work at Texas A&M University.