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Online Bachelor of Arts in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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The online degree in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies is designed for professionals who want to earn their bachelor’s in order to make a positive difference in their workplace, their community and the world.

Offered by the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Louisville, this research-based liberal arts program delivers an interdisciplinary curriculum focused on understanding the social issues of diversity and social justice. The program emphasizes how gender disparities connect with poverty, racism, heterosexism and other forms of inequality, and equips graduates to develop viable solutions to those problems in their own communities.

100% ONLINE COURSES

Complete this degree on your own time through fully online classes.

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121 PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS

Transfer in credit, or take general education, core and elective courses at UofL.

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5/5 LGBT INCLUSIVENESS

The University of Louisville received a 5/5 rating for LGBT inclusiveness through Campus Pride Index.

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"There’s no place, business or institution that gender doesn’t impact. This discipline allows you think in very broad contexts, and our graduates go on to such a wide variety of professions. They become lawyers, they become social workers, they work for non-profits, they go into business… There’s really not a limit to the types of things this degree prepares you for."


DAWN HEINECKEN, PH.D.
UOFL PROFESSOR
WOMEN’S, GENDER AND SEXUALITY STUDIES

How Much Will I Pay?

$539 per credit hour
$250 military rate per credit hour

Tuition & Aid    

Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks.

Highlights

  • Learn to gather and interpret information, analyze where ideas and schools of thought differ and intersect, and use language to communicate persuasively and effectively.
  • Research, evaluate and discuss feminist studies and social justice issues such as gender roles, women/gender/race in media, poverty and more.
  • Hone your written communication, critical thinking and research skills.
  • Build a versatile set of skills and knowledge, for which employers around the country actively recruit.
  • Transfer in credit from other regionally-accredited institutions or earn the entire degree at UofL.
  • Take advantage of the flexibility and convenience of 100% online classes.

Outcome

An undergraduate degree in the area of women’s, gender and sexuality studies combines robust critical thinking and diversity education to equip graduates with a marketable combination of skills that are well at home in a wide range of industries. Your broadened perspective will prepare you to create a more equal and understanding workplace in a wide variety of fields including:

  • Human resources
  • Workplace leadership
  • Public relations
  • Marketing and communications
  • Health care management
  • Public policy advocacy
  • Governmental agencies
  • Non-profit entities
 

Further, according to a study by the National Association of Colleges and Employers, hiring managers look for employees with leadership, teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills above all others. Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies graduates are well-prepared to meet those demands.


Application Deadline Term Start Date
August 1 Fall August
December 1 Spring January
April 1 Summer May/June

Applicants are encouraged to work on and submit their complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time. Applications submitted or completed after the preferred deadline will be considered on a case-by-case basis for the next available start/term.


Steps to Apply

  1. Complete undergraduate application
  2. Submit $25 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official transcripts from all institutions previously attended

Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited high school
  • GED or equivalent by petition (e.g., home school educations)
  • GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Completion of pre-college curriculum
  • Composite ACT score of 20 or higher

Credit Transfer

Students may transfer up to 60 hours from a community college and up to 90 hours from a regionally accredited 4-year college. Transfer applicants must have a minimum college GPA of 2.5 to be admitted in good standing.

For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at online@louisville.edu.

The online bachelor’s in women’s, gender and sexuality studies from UofL is a 121 credit hour program, broken down into the following curriculum components:

  1. General education classes – all undergraduate degrees require completion of the university-wide General Education Program (34 credit hours)
  2. Arts & Sciences programmatic requirements (13-15 credit hours)
  3. Core women’s, gender and sexuality undergraduate courses (36 credit hours)
  4. Supporting courses/minor (32+)

Arts & Sciences Programmatic Requirements: 13-15 hours


Courses Hours
General 101: A&S Orientation 1
Foreign Language (completion of the second semester of a single foreign language; hours will vary depending on language taken) 6-8
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at 300 level or above (in addition to courses counted toward General Education) 6

Core Program Courses: 36 hours

Courses (choose 8) Hours
Core courses: 201, 401, and 500* or 501 9
General electives in WGST - choose 3, with minimum of 1 at the 400+ level: 203, 303, 325, 326, 390 (special topics), 523 9
Social Science electives - choose 3, with minimum of 1 at the 400+ level: 313, 323, 324, 332, 343, 347, 349, 355, 364, 391(special topics), 491 (special topics), 513 9
Women/Gender and Race Elective – choose 1:
342, 343, 344, 346, 347, 348, 349, 380, 410, 512, 513, 540, 543, 545, 547, 582
3
Women/Gender and History Elective – choose 1:
WGST 331, 332, 333, 513, 530, 531, 532, 533, 545, 584 (select one)
3
Additional elective at the 300-level or above 3

Supporting Courses: 32+

Courses (choose 8) Hours
Minor in Social Sciences discipline (including electives) 32+
Minor in Humanities discipline (including electives) 32+

Course Descriptions


WGST 201 Women in American Culture - SBD1
Examination of women's experiences in 19th and 20th century America, focusing on issues pertaining to family, religion, economy, politics, law, race and class. (Humanities).


WGST 401 Community Internship
Prerequisite: 18 hours of WGST courses; for Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors only. Working with a Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies faculty member, the student will design a project based on volunteer work in a community organization serving the needs of women.


WGST 500 Senior Seminar in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies - Social Sciences - WR; CU
Prerequisite: Senior standing or consent of instructor. This course investigates a Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies topic from an interdisciplinary perspective and requires students to practice interdisciplinary methodology. Note: Approved for the General Education requirement in written communication (WR).


WGST 203 Gender Issues in Public Dialogue - OCD1
This course familiarizes students with ways gender issues have been represented in public dialogue. Students analyze speech, acts, and writing that affect public perceptions of gender and practice public speaking on gender issues. (Humanities)


WGST 303 Humanities and Gender - AHD2
Analysis of sex roles as embodied in classic works of philosophy, literature, history, drama, and art in ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary times. (Humanities) Note: Cross-listed with HUM 331.


WGST 325 Women and Global Literature - AHD2
Prerequisite: ENGL 102, or ENGL 105, or WGST 199, or equivalent. This course examines literatures by women writers and about women subjects from non-U.S. societies, exploring a variety of literary forms in relationship to social factors such as class, race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality and/or indigeneity. Note: Cross-listed with ENGL 373.


WGST 326 Gender and Children's Literature - AHD1
Prerequisite: ENGL 102 or ENGL 105 or WGST 199 or equivalents. Examination of gender in British and North American literature for children/young adults from the late 19th century to the present with attention to the intersection of gender with common themes (e.g., heroic journey). Historical period: Post-1900. (Humanities) Note: Cross-listed with ENGL 374.


WGST 390 Topics in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies - Humanities
Focuses on a specific topic related to women or gender from an interdisciplinary, humanities perspective. Topics announced in Schedule of Classes.


WGST 523 Gender and Popular Music – WR
Course explores the way gender structures the production, distribution, and consumption of popular music, including variety of genres in the past and present, with attention to the intersectional roles of race, class, and sexuality. (Humanities). Note: Approved for the Arts & Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).


WGST 313 Sociology of Gender
Examines the differential status of women and men in all major social institutions and explores the structural foundations and theoretical explanations of gender inequality. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with SOC 327.


WGST 323 Queer Politics
The course examines the political organization of gays, lesbians, and transgendered persons, forms of oppression they experience, forms of political activism they utilize, and their relationship to mainstream political institutions. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with POLS 323.


WGST 324 Communication and Gender
The course examines how gender identities, roles and norms have been structured within different modes of communication (e.g., interpersonal, mass media and institutional). (Social Sciences). Note: Cross-listed with COMM 324.


WGST 332 History of Childhood in America - WRSBHD1
An analysis of the impact of socioeconomic and ideological change in the experience of children and youth from the colonial period to the present, with attention to the effects of race, class, and gender on childhood experience. (Social Sciences) Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and HIST 326. Note: Cross-listed with HIST 326.


WGST 343 Faces of Global Poverty – WR
Persistent poverty in the Third World and specific groups in the United States. Focuses on causes, consequences, solutions and survival strategies. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 392 and SOC 392. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).


WGST 347 Racism and Sexism - SBD1
The impact of racism and sexism on marginally-oppressed communities as well as their strategies of resistance. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 364.


WGST 349 Color Complex of Black Women
Study of phenotypes, body image, inter-/intra-gender relationships, media influences, and social norms, from slavery to present, on the development of black female identities, using theories in psychology, sociology, and deconstruction. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 331.


WGST 355 Women in American Politics
A study of women's involvement in American politics as active political party members, as candidates for national, state, and local office, as elected officials, and as appointees to government positions at all levels. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with POLS 324.


WGST 364 Women's Health Issues - SBD1
This course will identify a broad range of health issues that can be unique to women or of special importance to women throughout the world. The course will examine the roles women play as both providers and consumers of health care nationally and internationally. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with HSS 364.


WGST 391 Topics in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies - Social Sciences
Focuses on a specific topic related to women or gender from an interdisciplinary, social sciences perspective. Topics announced in Schedule of Courses.


WGST 491 Topics in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies - Social Sciences
Focuses on a specific topic related to women or gender from an interdisciplinary, social sciences perspective. Topics are announced in the Schedule of Classes.


WGST 513 U. S. Social Justice Movements
Prerequisite: Junior-level standing. Course will begin with abolitionism, then concentrate on social justice upsurges of the 20th century, with emphasis on women in the civil rights and Black liberation movements. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with HIST 513, PAS 513, SCHG 513.


WGST 342 Black Women Novelists - WRAHD1
Selected novels by contemporary African, African-American and Caribbean women writers, in-depth and in-comparative study. Historical period: Post-1900. (Humanities) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 342 and ENGL 342. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).


WGST 344 Black Lesbian Lives
Course focuses on black, lesbian-identified people cross-culturally, examining autobiographical accounts and visual culture within the context of LGBTQ politics and discourse. (Social Sciences). Note: Cross-listed with PAS 344.


WGST 346 Women in Africa: Historical and Literary Perspectives
Survey of the role of women in historical African societies, women under colonialism, in nationalist movements, and in modern African countries. Literature about and by women will be considered. Emphasis on African/female perspective. (Humanities) Note: A prior course in PAS or WGST is recommended. Note: Cross-listed with PAS 385.


WGST 348 African-American Women – WR
Examination of the status and roles of African-American women from the slave era to contemporary times. Emphasis on migration, urbanization and labor force participation in familial contexts. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 332. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).


WGST 380 African-American Women in Theatre - WRAHD1
This course will explore the theatrical representation of African American women through the lens of African American playwrights, designers and theoreticians. Course content will focus on the works of African American women playwrights, designers and theoreticians and encourage critical discourse on the material covered. Assignments and activities will include Script Analysis, Discussion Board posts, Research Papers, and Quizzes. Assignments are designed to strengthen critical thinking skills, encourage perspective broadening dialogue and research, and enhance your understanding of the experience of the African Diaspora. (Humanities) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 350 and TA 363. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR).


WGST 410 Black Feminism in Action
The course examines the evolution of Black Feminist consciousness in the US from the 1830's to the present. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 410.


WGST 512 Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
Prerequisite: 9 hours of social sciences course work at the 300-level or above; or consent of instructor. Introduction to theory and research on labor market and welfare state with focus on gender and race/ethnicity as they influence women's experiences of and ideas about work and welfare. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 512 and SOC 512. Note: Credit may not be earned for both WGST 512 / PAS 512 / SOC 512 and WGST 612 / PAS 612 / SOC 612.


WGST 513 U. S. Social Justice Movements
Prerequisite: Junior-level standing. Course will begin with abolitionism, then concentrate on social justice upsurges of the 20th century, with emphasis on women in the civil rights and Black liberation movements. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with HIST 513, PAS 513, SCHG 513.


WGST 540 Women's Health in Africa - WR
Prerequisite: Senior standing. Examination of population growth, early marriage, family size and cultural and religious beliefs on reproductive health of contemporary African women. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 562. Note: Approved for the Arts and Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Note: Credit may not be earned for both WGST 540/PAS 562 and WGST 640/PAS 662.


WGST 543 Black Women's Voices – WR
Prerequisite: At least 6 credit hours in Social Science or Humanities or consent of faculty. Global synopsis of black women's studies and social thoughts. Highlights roadblocks and bridges experienced. Captures race, gender, class and spatial dimensions. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 542. Note: Approved for the Arts & Sciences upper-level requirement in written communication (WR). Note: Credit may not be earned for both WGST 543/PAS 542 and WGST 643/PAS 643.


WGST 545 Southern Women: Black and White
Course focuses on questions of identity for southern women, black and white, by contrasting stereotypes and ideals with realities for these women in the slave, Jim Crow, and modern South. (Social Sciences) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 545. Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and WGST 645 or PAS 645.


WGST 547 Language, Race, Class, and Gender
Prerequisite: Junior standing. Course investigates the intersections of linguistic behavior with questions of race, class and gender. Students will gain an understanding of the multiple characteristics of communication. (Humanities) Note: Cross-listed with PAS 547. Note: Credit may not be earned for this course and PAS 547.


WGST 582 Gender, Race and Culture in Health Care
Prerequisite: A Philosophy course at 300-level or above, or consent of instructor. Examines ways social groupings and systems affect the kind of health care needed and the kind people receive. Addresses both biases and stereotypes, and empirical claims about biologically-based differences. Note: Cross-listed with PHIL 582.






    • What are the benefits of online learning?

      The biggest benefit of online learning is that you can work to earn your degree from your own home while raising a family, working full-time or experiencing particular life circumstances that make commuting to campus difficult or impossible. Online learning also gives you an opportunity to interact with a diverse group of students from different regions and backgrounds.

    • How is the online program different than the campus program?

      At UofL you are taught by the same world-class faculty as our on-campus students. You read the same books, do many of the same assignments and earn the same degree. Neither your transcript nor your diploma notes your degree was completed online, only that you completed courses at the University of Louisville. The biggest difference is that you are able to do coursework on your own time and in a way that best fits your learning and lifestyle. Please note, however, that not all on-campus courses are available online.

    • Can I receive credit for courses completed at another school?

      On a case-by-case basis, credit transfer is allowed from any regionally accredited university to fulfill general education requirements.

    • I noticed that the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies offers both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Women’s and Gender Studies. Can the Bachelor of Science in Women’s and Gender Studies also be completed fully online?

      No, at this time only the Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies will be offered fully online. The research methods course required for the Bachelor of Science is not currently taught online, but we hope to be able to offer it in the future.

    • I have never attended college (or I have earned less than 24 credits so far). Can I earn this degree online?

      Yes. All the courses you need to complete a full, four-year degree are available online.

    • Are courses taught by UofL faculty?

      Yes, at UofL you are taught by the same world-class faculty as our on-campus students. You read the same books, do many of the same assignments and earn the same degree. The biggest difference is that you are able to do it in a way that best fits your lifestyle.