Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)
Women, gender, and sexuality studies offers an interdisciplinary, liberal arts education in which students critically engage with texts, media, and theories to recognize their own social and cultural environments and to challenge prevailing ideas about privilege and inequality. Studying how categories of women, gender, and sexuality affect and are affected by our everyday lives, historical currents, and social institutions, provides students with skills that will prepare them for a wide range of careers.
Students who major in women, gender, and sexuality studies may choose a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. A major requires completion of at least 33 credits. A minor is also available. Students who minor in WGS complete 21 credits. Visit gvsu.edu/wgs for more information.
Students may study a variety of topics, including:
- Applied feminist activism
- Community and social change
- Critical media studies
- Feminist and queer theories
- Global feminisms
- Women and health
WGS students can apply their education to careers in:
- Health professions
- Law, politics, and lobbying
- Nonprofit organizations
- Teaching and administration
- Government and global nongovernmental agencies
- Higher education leadership
Why Study Women, Gender, And Sexuality Studies at Grand Valley?
- Our program encourages students to develop interdisciplinary understandings and to take full advantage of cross-cultural opportunities at GVSU.
- Students in WGS benefit from study abroad opportunities as well as individual research.
- WGS students participate in co-curricular activities with GVSU's Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity, Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, and Office of Multicultural Affairs.
- Faculty members actively engage with students and foster commitment to the community through internships, service learning, and volunteering.