The interdisciplinary women and gender studies undergraduate major and minor offer students a rigorous but flexible program of study that examines women, gender, and sexuality in relation to race, class, national identity, and ability. Students explore the ways that gender and sexuality work in diverse communities and in different cultural and historical contexts. Areas of inquiry include but are not limited to: gender/sex systems across cultures and historical periods; gender, sexuality, and culture; legal and public policy issues around gender and sexuality; women's participation in social and cultural production; transnational feminisms; feminist theory and its relation to different philosophical and epistemological traditions; sexual identity politics and histories; and queer theory. Drawing from approximately 50 courses, many cross-listed with other academic units, students fulfill the requirements of the major or minor and can design an emphasis relevant to their special interests by focusing on one of three cognate areas: gender/sexuality, race/ethnicity, or global/transnational. The program houses a reading library and organizes colloquia, workshops, and other cultural and educational events.
Students have gone on to careers in fields such as law, medicine, government, public health, public policy, social work, teaching, counseling, advocacy, media, public relations, education, politics, fundraising, small business development, librarianship, and arts administration.
The undergraduate degree and the minor in women and gender studies will provide students with an in-depth understanding of:
In addition, students with degrees in women and gender studies will be able to:
For more information, visit wgst.colorado.edu.
Course code for this program is WMST.
Students must complete the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences and the required courses listed below.
Required Courses and Semester Credit Hours
Students must complete a minimum of 36 credit hours with grades of C- or better in approved women and gender studies courses, a minimum of 24 credits of which must be upper division (3000 or 4000 level).
(no more than 6 additional credit hours at the 1000–2000 levels)
Students may choose from any of the lower-division courses listed below, or courses approved by the women and gender studies advisor and the department, that are not applied to courses listed either above or below.
(at least 18 credit hours; total credits hours must come to 36)
Students must take at least one course from each of the following cognate areas: gender/sexuality; race/ethnicity; global/transnational. For the remaining 9 credits, students may take additional courses from these three categories and/or the upper-division electives list. Consult the women and gender studies advisor or the department for additional choices.
Gender/Sexuality (at least 3 credits)
Race/Ethnicity (at least 3 credits)
Global/Transnational (at least 3 credits)
Students may take up to 6 credits of honors hours in WMST; credits apply to upper-division electives in the major.
WMST 4950 Honors Research—3
Students may take up to 6 credits of internship hours in WMST; credits apply to upper-division electives in the major.
Students may take up to 6 credit hours in WMST topics courses; course topics vary each semester. Ask the women and gender studies advisor or department about how each course applies to major cognates.
Consult the Four-Year Guarantee Requirements for more information on eligibility. The concept of “adequate progress” as it is used here only refers to maintaining eligibility for the four-year guarantee; it is not a requirement for the major. To maintain adequate progress in women and gender studies, students should meet the following requirements:
A minor program in women and gender studies is offered. Declaration of a minor is open to any student enrolled at CU-Boulder, regardless of college or school.
Students must complete a minimum of 21 approved WMST credit hours with a grade of C- or better, 12 credits of which must be upper-division (3000 or 4000 level).
Required Courses and Semester Credit
Required (9 credit hours)
Electives (12 credits)
Students must take at least two courses (6 credits) from two of the three following cognate areas: gender/sexuality; race/ethnicity; global/transnational. Three of the remaining 6 credits can be any upper-division approved WMST course (those listed under cognate areas or upper-division electives), and 3 can be either a lower or upper-division approved WMST course. Internships and independent study credits may apply, as well as special topics courses (WMST 3700 and 3710); see advisor or department for more information.
Cognate Areas (6 credit hours from two areas)
The Graduate Certificate in Women and Gender Studies is designed to provide graduate students with opportunities to think in an interdisciplinary fashion about women and gender, and is available to students currently enrolled in a graduate disciplinary degree or professional degree program. Requirements are 9 semester hours of course work in Women and Gender Studies and one additional course equaling 3 semester hours to be approved by the women and gender studies graduate advisor, for a total of 12 semester hours.
For more information, visit wgst.colorado.edu/graduate.