College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2012-2013

Women's and Gender Studies Program

Women's and Gender Studies, Bachelor of Science

This major offers students a course of study that examines gender diversity across race-ethnicity, sexuality, class, nation, and the world. Students learn about women's contributions and  current multicultural, ecological, and post-colonial feminisms. Crucially, students become skilled at relating theory to practice in thematic specialties, such as LGBTQ Studies and Transnational Feminism. This knowledge and practice prepares students to work with and for diverse peoples in the professions and as advocates for social justice.


What Can I Do with a Bachelor of Science in Women's and Gender Studies?

If you're curious about the ways gender, race, class, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and age shape the world, a degree in Women's and Gender Studies might be the right path to pursue. In this program, you'll graduate prepared to work in public policy, human rights, the media, or social services, or perhaps you'll move on to graduate school.

You'll study the historical and contemporary perspectives on women's contributions to culture, society, politics, professions, social movements, and the arts. You will have the opportunity to attend conferences and participate in discussion that will develop your ability to think critically, question, take action, and balance theory and activism. In classrooms and conferences, writings and discussion online and face-to-face-you will rediscover women's histories; explore contemporary realities; and empower yourself to think critically, question, take action, and imagine possibilities.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Market research
  • Political lobbying
  • Social work
  • Women’s rights advocacy

With further education, one of these paths is possible:
  • Attorney
  • Counselor
  • Researcher
  • University professor

University Requirements

  • To receive a bachelor's degree at Northern Arizona University, you must complete at least 120 units of credit that minimally includes a major, the liberal studies requirements, and university requirements as listed below.

    • All of Northern Arizona University's liberal studies, diversity, junior-level writing, and capstone requirements.
    • All requirements for your specific academic plan(s).
    • At least 30 units of upper-division courses, which may include transfer work.
    • At least 30 units of coursework taken through Northern Arizona University, of which at least 18 must be upper-division courses (300-level or above). This requirement is not met by credit-by-exam, retro-credits, transfer coursework, etc.
    • A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Northern Arizona University.
    The full policy can be viewed here.



In addition to University Requirements:

  • At least 36 units of major requirements
  • At least 18 units of minor requirements
  • Be aware that you may not use courses with a WGS prefix to satisfy liberal studies requirements. Contact your department for information about liberal studies courses that are specific to this major.
  • Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 120
Major GPA 2.0
Highest Mathematics Required MAT 114
Emphasis, Minor, Certificate Required
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Major Requirements
  • Take the following 36 units with a Grade of "C" or better in each course:To ensure interdisciplinary understanding of women's studies methodology, theory, and content, you select coursework from the following (21 units):
    • Additional WGS courses (9 units)
Minor Requirements
  • You must complete a minor of at least 18 units from those described in this catalog. In consultation with your advisor, you should select a minor that's appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs. Your minor advisor will advise you about this part of your academic plan.
General Electives
  • Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit. 

    You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they weren't used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)

Additional Information
  • Please be aware that we encourage you to consult with your academic advisor every term once you declare a major, usually after completing no more than 12 units of requirements.

  • Please be aware that a grade of "D" will not count for major credit.

  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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