Bachelor of Arts
College of Arts and Sciences
School of Cultural and Critical Studies
The flexible program of study in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies provides students with a rich liberal arts education. Our major and minors emphasize a cross- cultural and intersectional understanding of women, gender, and sexuality with a particular emphasis on race, class, age, and disability.
In today’s uncertain environment, employers are looking for flexible workers who are able to interact with diverse populations in our increasingly global economy. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is excellent preparation for entering the workforce. It educates students about difference and diversity while helping them develop critical thinking, presentation, and writing skills. Our graduates have gone on to become attorneys, corporate executives, counselors, teachers, journalists, victim advocates, nonprofit administrators, and human resource specialists. Some students choose to pursue graduate or professional study. Students are encouraged to develop coordinated major-minor and double major programs that research and analyze the development and application of specific gender themes. The goal is to create areas of expertise that address important occupational challenges and issues.
All Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors must meet the general education requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and complete three electives and eight required courses: Introduction to Women’s Studies; History of Feminist Thought & Action; Women of Color in the United States; Contemporary Global Feminism; Intersections of Race, Gender, and Culture; Gender, Race, & Culture in Community-Based Work; Qualitative Research Methods; and the Capstone Seminar.
Women’s studies minors must take Introduction to Women’s Studies, one course that focuses on gender, race/ethnicity in a local or global context (e.g. WS 3050, WS3130, WS 3440), and five additional courses (15 hours) on women and /or gender that are selected in consultation with the School of Cultural and Critical Studies Advisor. At least one course for the minor must be at the 4000-level or above.
Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that critically explores sexuality as a culture and historically specific construct, a form of human expression, and a social identity that impacts our understandings of citizenship, politics, and humanity. Sexual Studies minors must take Introduction to LGBT Studies, and 18 additional credit hours focused on Sexuality Studies, selected in consultation with the School of Cultural and Critical Studies Advisor.
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies offers an extensive array of core and cross-listed courses. The following are typical courses offered in the past three years:
Introduction to Women’s Studies
Women in American History
History of Feminist Thought & Action
Women, Art and Culture
Gender and Immigration
Sport and Gender
Women of Color in the United States
Native American Women
Qualitative Research Methods
Women, Gender, and Health
Women and the Third Reich
Women in Politics
Women and Development
History of Queer Activism
Contemporary Global Feminism
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, & Transgender Studies
Reproductive Health and Politics
Theories of Othered Bodies
Women & Interpersonal Violence
Gender, Media & Culture
Latina/o Gender and Sexuality
The major also encourages students to work one-on-one with faculty in tutorials, specialized research and service learning courses. This diverse and challenging curriculum provides a rich array of learning experiences that enhance professional and personal life.
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies take four of their required courses with other students from the units in the School of Cultural and Critical Studies which include American Culture Studies, Ethnic Studies, and Popular Culture. These interdisciplinary courses are designed to bring together the diverse knowledge and skills our majors have gathered and prepare them for life after BGSU. In these courses students will learn cultural studies theories and research methods, create their own research project, and engage in service-learning.
Internships are also strongly encouraged. The School of Cultural and Critical Studies Advisor works with students to identify an internship site and supervisor, and establish a work schedule. The Advisor approves internship plans and evaluates the student’s internship paper or report.
Faculty are knowledgeable, dedicated and committed to active learning. Class sizes are small and encourage extensive student and faculty involvement. The faculty commit a great deal of time to work with students and extend their educational opportunities, getting to know and appreciate them.
The program enhances the intellectual and cultural life of the region and institution by sponsoring national and international conferences related to women or gender. Programming is offered throughout March, Women’s History Month, and includes lectures, film series, performances and exhibitions by eminent scholars, artists, activists and public figures.
BGSU’s library contains a growing archive of women’s studies artifacts such as diaries, letters, club and church records, business records and photographs. It also maintains extensive holdings of oral histories from women of northwest Ohio. These primary resource materials are invaluable for research.
The University supports a Women’s Center that is dedicated to promoting a better understanding of women and women’s issues among BGSU’s diverse communities. The center’s mission is to provide resources, support and advocacy for women as they pursue their individual and collective goals. Women’s Center, 107 Hanna Hall, 419-372-7227
The LGBT Resource Center is part of the Office of Multicultural Affairs. The center’s purpose is to provide service to the entire BGSU community through programming, education, and support with the goal of enhancing student life for LGBT identifying individuals. We are located in 318B of the Math Science Building. In our space, we have a variety of resources and services available, including a library of books and media, computer access, health literature, and candy. Please stop by the center during our hours and take advantage of a safe place to relax or study.
Completing the requirements for high school graduation is necessary for admission to BGSU, but only finishing the minimum coursework will leave you unprepared for college. Consider taking four years of mathematics instead of the three that are required. Two, three or even four years of the same foreign language is excellent for preparation for college. You will also benefit from competency in computer use. Courses that provide exposure to or training in the visual and performing arts are excellent choices.
The program offers an annual Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies scholarship for majors or minors with at least a 3.0 GPA. The program also manages the WEAL Legacy Awards for student scholarship. A monetary prize is also given to the best undergraduate presentation at the annual Research Symposium, in addition to other swards and recognition.
BGSU's website for future students contains University highlights, admissions procedures, financial aid information and many department profiles. It can be accessed at www.bgsu.edu.
Bowling Green State University is a vibrant university that engages, challenges and prepares students for meaningful futures. At BGSU, students enjoy an education that integrates personal growth, academic excellence and an environment that expands their thinking and potential. A mid-size residential university, BGSU has an enrollment of approximately 20,000 and a full-time faculty of more than 900 on its main campus. More than 200 undergraduate majors and programs are offered as well as master's and doctoral level programs.
NOTE: Information in this guide is subject to change without notice. To learn more about the official program of study for Women’s Gender, and Sexuality Studies, please check the undergraduate catalog online at: choose.bgsu.edu/catalog/WOMS