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 fifty 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.

Because the program is a relatively small academic unit, faculty and students have the opportunity to get to know one another more easily, and majors/minors can develop supportive connections among themselves. The program leads to a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.  

An interdisciplinary Women and Gender Studies degree provides all the benefits of a good liberal arts education and more. In addition to developing crucial all-around skills like critical thinking, oral communication, research methods, and expository writing, women and gender studies students also learn how to apply those skills to important real-life concerns, especially the many ways in which social inequalities around gender and sexuality intersect with other forms of oppression centered on differences of class, race, ethnicity, religion, ability, and national origin in the United States and around the world. This unique combination of academic and practical skills prepares women and gender studies students for a wide range of careers. 

Our 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.

Career Services (www.colorado.edu/career) helps students discover who they are, what they want to do, and how to get there. They are the bridge between academics and the world of work. 

Career Services offers free services for all CU-Boulder degree-seeking students, and alumni up to one year after graduation. Meet individually the staff to discuss major and career exploration, internship or job searching, and graduate school preparation.

Majors may choose to seek honors in women and gender studies which results in the designation of cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude at graduation. If you are interested in internships, the department matches selected students with supervised internships in local businesses, human services, and government agencies. In addition, women and gender  studies offers three scholarships each year to its majors.      

The Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) offers students a chance to work alongside a faculty sponsor on original research. Learn to write proposals, conduct research, pursue creative work, analyze data, and present the results. For more information, call UROP at 303-492-2596, or check the web: http://enrichment.colorado.edu/urop/.

The program encourages you to take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad during your undergraduate years. Your first-hand experience abroad can help you gain valuable insights into the concerns of international women and gender-related issues. The university offers more than 100 programs around the world. You may spend from a few weeks to a full academic year abroad depending on the program selected. On these programs you earn credit as if you had taken the courses here, sometimes fulfilling core or major requirements. Language study is a prerequisite for participation in many programs, so early planning for study abroad is essential.

Further information about study abroad is available from the Office of International Education which is located in the Center for Community, 303-492-7741, or on the web: www.colorado.edu/OIE/StudyAbroad.


Please speak with your advisor for specific recommendations; the following is intended to be a general outline only and there may be flexibility to this plan.
 

Women and Gender Studies 4-Year Plan

NOTE: This example will outline the major requirements, but the order of some of your classes can vary greatly.  It is important to check your Degree Audit and work with your major advisor each semester to make sure you are aware of your requirements and graduation timeline.  This is especially true of students with added majors, minors, or certificates.

 

First Year – Fall Semester
WMST 2600
(3): Gender, Race, Class, and Global Context (fulfills Core Contemporary Societies requirement)      
CORE (4): Natural Science with lab (http://www.colorado.edu/artsandsciences/student-resources/core-curriculum/natural-science)
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (suggested: Lower Division Written Communication)
Elective or MAPS if needed (3)
Elective (3)

First Year – Spring Semester
WMST 2000
(3): Intro to Feminist Studies (fulfills Human Diversity Core requirement)
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (see Degree Audit for options)    
CORE (3): Natural Science
Elective or MAPS if needed (3)
Elective (3)


Second Year – Fall Semester
WMST
(3): Upper-Division (e.g. Gender/Sexuality Area; see Degree Audit for options)  
CORE (3): Skills Acquisition (Quantitative Reasoning & Mathematical Skills)       
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (see Degree Audit for options)    
Elective (3)
Elective (3)

Second Year – Spring Semester
WMST 3100
(3): Feminist Theories (usually only offered in Spring)
WMST (3): Upper-Division (e.g. Race/Ethnicity Area; see Degree Audit for options)       
CORE (3): Natural Science
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (see Degree Audit for options)    
Elective (3)


Third Year – Fall Semester
WMST
(3): Upper-Division (e.g. Global/Transitional Area; see Degree Audit for options)      
WMST Elective (3): Upper-Division       
CORE (3): Content Area of Study (see Degree Audit for options)    
CORE (3): Skills Acquisitions (suggested: Upper-Division Written Communication, for instance, WMST 3800 or WRTG 3020)    
Elective (3)

Third Year – Spring Semester
WMST
Elective (3): Upper-Division       
WMST Elective (3) 
CORE (3): Natural Science
CORE (3): Content Area (suggested: Upper-Division Literature and Arts) 
Elective (3): Upper-Division


Fourth Year – Fall Semester
WMST
Elective (3): Upper-Division       
WMST Elective (3)             
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3)
 

Fourth Year – Spring Semester
WMST 4800
(3): Senior Colloquium in Feminist Studies (currently only offered Spring semesters; students graduating in Fall should take this course in the Spring of their Junior year) 
Elective (3): Upper-Division        
Elective (3): Upper-Division
Elective (3)
Elective (3)


Notes:

  • Many courses from other departments are approved as electives for the WMST major.  See your advisor and/or individual course descriptions.
  • Except for WMST 3100 and 4800, most courses in the Department can be taken Fall and/or Spring.  See course descriptions in MyCUinfo for pre-requisites.