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Major in Women's Studies

Requirements for a Major in Women's Studies

For students admitted in Fall 2011 or later


In addition to meeting the general University degree requirements, the student majoring in women's studies must complete three areas in the program for a total of 56 credits:

  1. Core curriculum of seven courses (28 credits)
  2. Experiential learning program (practicum) (8 credits)
  3. Electives (20 credits)


Women's Studies Core Curriculum (28 credits)


Experiential Learning (8 credits)

This part of the curriculum provides students with the opportunity to connect knowledge from the classroom to experience in community service activities. Students earn credits by working with community or campus organizations which serve women and/or focus on social justice issues.

  • WS 409 Practicum (6 credits)
  • WS 411 Experiental Learning Seminar (2 credits)

Click here for more information about Practicum, including current forms and opportunities.


Electives (20 credits)

16 of these 20 credits must be from upper-division courses. All electives must be approved by an adviser for applicability to the major.


Download Women's Studies Major academic worksheet

(Requirements for students admitted to college in Fall 2011 or later)


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For more information or for academic advising contact the Department of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department at (503)725-3516 or visit our Advising page for more information.