Undergraduate studies

Women's and Gender Studies undergraduate programs

 

Women's and gender studies is an interdisciplinary major that draws its questions and approaches from the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and arts. It helps students to develop theoretical, empirical, and methodological perspectives for studying gender as a crucial category for understanding the world.

The WGS Department offers both a BA, and BS degree. In addition, an accelerated degree program is open to students who wish to begin graduate work in WGST. The Department also offers three minors:  a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies; a minor in Race and Gender Studies, offered in Cooperation with The Department of Pan African Studies; and a minor in LGBTQ Studies.

What makes the Department of WGS at UofL special?

Interdisciplinarity and Flexibility:

As an interdisciplinarymajor, students are able to take a broad spectrum of courses from across the university.  Students take classes in Political Science, History, Psychology, Communication, Sociology, Philosophy, Health and Sport Science, English, Anthropology, Art and Art History, Pan African Studies among others in addition to WGST courses.

We offer extremely flexible scheduling for our majors: we have three core courses, offered regularly; students are allowed to choose from a wide variety of electives in the social science and humanities to complete the remainder of their requirements. This not only gives students flexibility in terms of when they may take courses, but it allows them a fair amount of control in selecting the classes that will be most helpful to them in their chosen career path.  Students in our program also find it easy to double major, if they so desire. Our students are also required to engage in service learning opportunities outside the university, giving them useful career experience.

Intersectionality and Diversity:

Virtually every course offered by WGST takes an intersectional approach to the study of women and gender. Intersectional approaches emphasize the interconnection between identities of race, class, gender and sexuality. Students from a diversity of backgrounds, racial and ethnic identities and gender and sexual identifications will find that our courses address issues relevant to their lives.

WGST’s commitment to intersectionality is evidenced by its creation of the Audre Lorde Chair in Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, the first chair of its kind in the country.  WGST’s commitment to diversity is also demonstrated by our creation of the LGBTQ minor. This is the first minor of its kind in Kentucky to examine lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender identities and politics in historical and contemporary contexts.

Undergraduate advisor:

Dr. Dawn Heinecken
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