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The university requirements for a bachelor's degree as described in the OU Undergraduate Catalog include at least 28 credits counted towards the major that must be at the 300 level or above. The requirements for the major include 40 credits in Women and Gender Studies.
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WGS Major

Requirements for the major include 40 Credits in Women and Gender Studies distributed as follows:
  • WGS 200 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • WGS 320 Feminist Theory
  • WGS 321 Methods of Feminist Analysis
  • WGS 399 Field Experience in Women and Gender Studies
  • WGS 405 Women and Gender Studies Capstone Course
  • 5 electives
Please note that WGS 320 and 321 should be taken in the junior year and WGS 399 and 405 should be taken in the senior year. Read more about the major requirements.

WGS Minor

Requirements for a liberal arts minor in Women and Gender Studies (20 Credits):
  • WGS 200 Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • WGS 320 Feminist Theory
  • WGS 321 Methods of Feminist Analysis
  • Two electives
You can major in Social Work and minor in Women and Gender Studies. The minor in WGS will fulfill the Social Work exploratory requirements for the College of Arts and Sciences.

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The Women and Gender Studies Program offers a liberal arts major and minor designed to engage students in understanding the complex relationships between gender, power, and representation. As an interdisciplinary field of study—linking the humanities, arts, social sciences, and education—the WGS program enables and inspires women and men to work together to promote social justice, and prepares students to pursue a variety of meaningful professional endeavors.

The WGS program is student-centered, offering small class sizes that promote active interaction between students and professors. We also possess the only major on campus that encourages students to explore and hone their career interests through an internship and a major research project of the student’s design. Internships provide students with hands-on experience in relevant professional arenas, training students to be successful in a range of occupations. Employers prefer students who have completed internships and interns also fare better in a weak job market. Similarly, research projects demonstrate to employers that students are ready to engage in independent and critical thinking and they also prepare students for graduate study. The fusion of academic wisdom with marketplace know-how is a winning combination that our students leverage to enhance their career success.

To learn more about the WGS major or minor, click on the links to the right. If you wish to declare your major or minor in WGS, complete the Change of Major or Minor Request Form. For more information, contact Valerie Palmer-Mehta

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Fall 2014, WGS: 301: Women, Power and Persuasion
Wednesdays, 5:30 - 8:50 p.m.

Instructor: Valerie Palmer-Mehta, Associate Professor of Communication 
Member, WGS Executive Board

In the course, students will investigate persuasion as a central tool of social change and unearth women’s long, active, and innovative methods of influencing public culture through persuasion. Starting in ancient Greece, the birthplace of democracy, and making our way across time and space to the U.S., students will study the major voices that have transformed our socio-political landscape. Further, we will travel outside of the Western world to explore how women in developing nations are questioning and changing the socio-political culture of their countries. As we move across time and space, we will investigate and challenge key sites of patriarchal influence and power: politics, education, religion, sports, war, and the media industries. If you are a person who is...
  • Intrigued by issues related to gender, race, and nation
  • Interested in the role of persuasion in shaping public culture and creating social change
  • Ready to rethink history and forge new stories 
  • Curious to hear about lost voices as you learn about strengthening your own 
...Then this adventure is right for you! Sign up Now! View the flyer.

Winter 2015, WGS 301: Women in Leadership
MWF, 1:20 - 2:27 p.m.
Instructor: Beth Talbert, Special Instructor of Communication

Is the path to leadership more complex for women? Do women manage leadership, power, conflict, and authority differently than men? Do the decisions of young professional women impact their long term success as leaders? How do theories of gender and leadership inform our practice as leaders? Is it possible for women leaders to have it all? In the course, we will explore the research about leadership as it is experienced by women in a variety of communication contexts; learn historical and contemporary views of women in leadership; meet successful women and hear their stories of struggle and success; and learn how to navigate leadership with more confidence. 

Women and men of all majors welcome! Sign up now! View the flyer.


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