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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.

If you would like more information about WGS or LGBTQ Studies, please contact Director of WGS, Ami Harbin at [email protected].

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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 Ami Harbin.

Women and Gender Studies

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