Women and Gender Studies

Varner Hall, Room 217
371 Varner Drive
Rochester, MI 48309-4485
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(248) 370-2154


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.

If you would like more information about WGS or LGBTQ Studies, please contact Interim Director of WGS, Valerie Palmer-Mehta at vpalmer@oakland.edu.

Major Requirements
Minor Requirements
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Major and Minor
WGS Major

Requirements for the major include 40 Credits in Women and Gender Studies distributed as follows:
  • WGS 1000 (Formerly WGS 200) - Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • WGS 3020 (Formerly WGS 320) - Feminist Theory
  • WGS 3030 (Formerly WGS 321) - Methods of Feminist Analysis
  • WGS 4930 (FOrmerly WGS 399) - Field Experience in Women and Gender Studies
  • WGS 4020 (Formerly WGS 405) - Women and Gender Studies Capstone Course
  • 5 electives
Please note that WGS 3020 (FOrmerly WGS 320) and WGS 3030 (Formerly WGS 321) should be taken in the junior year and WGS 4930 (Formerly WGS399) and WGS 4020 (Formerly WGS 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 1000 (Formerly WGS 200) - Introduction to Women and Gender Studies
  • WGS 3020 (Formerly WGS 320) - Feminist Theory
  • WGS 3030 (Formerly 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.

Starting in Fall 2015, we offer a minor in LGBTQ studies.
Course Offerings
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.