College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2014-2015

Women's and Gender Studies Program

Women's and Gender Studies, Bachelor of Science

The bachelor's degree in Women's and Gender Studies offers students a course of study that examines gender diversity across race-ethnicity, sexuality, class, nation, and the world. Students may choose from diverse coursework where they may 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 Queer 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 degree path to pursue. With this program, you'll graduate with the essential skills to work in public policy, justice studies, human rights, the media, or social services. Your coursework will also provide a strong foundation should you choose to continue on to graduate school.

Your coursework in the historical and contemporary perspectives on women's contributions to culture, society, politics, professions, social movements, and the arts will engage you while you learn essential skills in critical thinking, communication and research. Your studies will foster development of your ability to think critically, 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 and accomplishments; explore contemporary realities; and empower yourself to imagine and work toward the possibilities for greater justice worldwide.

Career opportunities that might be pursued:
  • Human resources specialist
  • Political lobbying
  • Polical analyst
  • Social justice work
  • Women’s and LGBTQIA rights advocacy
  • Community organizer

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

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
  • Up to 9 units of liberal studies requirements can have the same prefix as the major. 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
University Honors Program Optional
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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)
    • Select from the following (12 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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