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Undergraduate Major

Requirements for the Second Major

The second major in Women's and Gender Studies is not a free-standing major; that is, it must complement another major, for example, English and WGS, Philosophy and WGS, Nursing and WGS, or Music Performance and WGS.  

The second major requires a total of 24 WGS credit hours (8 courses)

  • These courses must be taken in at least two disciplines.
  • At least 15 of these credits must be above the 200-level.
  • Students may count toward the major one internship via Career Services that deals with women or gender, with the approval of the WGS Center.
  • Students may seek permission from the WSGS Steering Committee to substitute one course not cross-listed with the Women's and Gender Studies program. The course should include identifiable content devoted to women's or gender studies, and the student must be able to do a significant project or assignment based within the fields of women's studies or gender studies. The student must submit a short proposal to the Steering Committee by mid-term of the semester in which the course is taken, explaining how the student plans to fulfill the requirement. This proposal must be approved by and signed by the instructor.
  • Students may seek permission from the WGS Steering Committee to take one directed reading course for credit toward the second major.

Second Major Requirements

Course Offerings

Current course descriptions.

Additional opportunities to receive course credit for a WSGS Second Major include courses in which the Instructor has agreed to modify the assignments (readings, projects, papers, etc.) for the course so that it meets the requirements for a WSGS course. For more information, contact the Center for Women's and Gender Studies (wsgs@duq.edu). Courses being offered in Fall 2016 that allow for modification include:

SOCI 106: "Social Problems and Social Policy" (Dr. Moni Mcintyre) [This course fulfilss the Faith and Reason requirement of the Core Curriculum]
ENGL 322W: "Global LIterature Survey"  (Dr. Emad Mirmotahari) [This course fulfills the Global Diversity requirement of the Core Curriculum]
HIST 465: "Reform in America" (Dr. Elaine Parsons)

In addition to the above courses, students may also submit a proposal to substitute a non-WGS course to fulfill a requirement for the WGS Second Major. Consult the specifications prior to submitting a proposal.

The following courses are also offered on a regular basis in the Women's and Gender Studies Center:

WSGS/THEO 201, "Women and Christianity" [This course fulfills the Social Justice requirement of the Core Curriculum]
WSGS/PSYC 453, "Psychology of Gender"
WSGS/JMA 421, "Sex, Myth, and Media"
WSGS/HIST 433, "Gender in American History"

All courses are cross-listed with departmental offerings. In addition to these regular courses, a number of special topics courses are offered each semester.