Required Coursework & Course Descriptions

A major in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies requires 36 credit hours of coursework including 3 required WGSS courses (intro, theory and senior seminar) and 27 additional hours which may include WGSS 451 (internship), WGSS 499 (undergraduate research), and/or related courses from the Social/Natural Sciences and Humanities.

For students with a major in another discipline, a minor in WGSS can be completed by taking a total of 18 credit hours of WGSS and related courses. These include WGSS 100 and 400, either WGSS 365 or 451, and 3 courses/9 credit hours from related courses.

Review the course descriptions and WGGS major/minor requirements in the UNC Asheville Course Catalog.

Declaration of Major or Minor

Students can declare their major or minor online.

Before declaring a major, students must have completed WGSS 100 with a grade of C or better.

Recent WGSS Electives in the Social Science/Natural Sciences:

  • ANTH 339 Intersections of Gender in America
  • ANTH 350 Body, Disability and Culture
  • ANTH 361 Writing Gender
  • ANTH 425 Manhood and Masculinities
  • ECON 330 Women, Men and Work
  • HWP 154 Women’s Health
  • HWP 155 Men’s Health
  • HWP 253 Health and Sexuality
  • POLS 348 Women and Politics
  • PSYC 333 Psychology of Women
  • PSYC 367 Human Sexuality
  • PSYC 368 Psychology of Close Relationships
  • POLS 373 Queer Law/Sexuality & The American Legal System
  • SOC 280 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 330 Sociology of Families
  • SOC 359 Women of Color and Feminism
  • SOC 390 Queer Sociology

Recent WGSS Electives in the Humanities:

  • CLAS 350 Women in Antiquity
  • CLAS 356 Ancient Sexualities
  • HIST 301 Women in US History: 1890s to the Present
  • HIST 358 European Feminisms
  • HIST 383 Women in China
  • LIT 346 Gender and the American Road Narrative
  • LIT 359 Major Women Writers
  • LIT 349 Post Colonial Literature
  • LIT 389 Seminar in Major Authors: Virginia Woolf
  • LIT 489 Seminar in Major Authors: Toni Morrison
  • MUSC 373 Women and Popular Music: 1920-Present
  • PHIL 302 Philosophy of Sex and Gender
  • RELS 330 Women and Religion

Additional elective and special topics courses may be approved by the Program Director.