Women's and Gender Studies, BA

Offered in: Chicago

The Women's and Gender Studies major emphasizes an interdisciplinary framework in which students explore and synthesize multiple perspectives on historical and contemporary issues concerning women, gender, and sexuality. This approach stresses intersectional analysis of gender and sexuality in relation to race, ethnicity, class, culture, nationality, ability, and other factors that shape experiences, identities, cultural productions, and ways of knowing. The Women's and Gender Studies curriculum also examines social institutions and networks of power while considering avenues of resistance, justice, and transformation. Courses are taught from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, by faculty with expertise ranging from the humanities to the social sciences.

During their course of study at Roosevelt University, Women's and Gender Studies majors learn to:

  • Communicate clearly and effectively in written, oral, and/or digital formats;
  • Select and employ appropriate research methodologies and methods;
  • Define and deploy keywords and concepts in women's, gender, and sexuality studies;
  • Understand histories and undertake practices of civic engagement; and
  • Critically analyze, compare, and/or evaluate texts and theories.     

The Women's and Gender Studies major provides a valuable foundation for careers in education, journalism, business, public affairs, the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences.

The Women's and Gender Studies major consists of 30 credit hours of coursework:
 
  • 1 required course at the 100-level: WGS 110: Gender Justice. (3 hours)
  • 4 required courses at the 200-level: WGS 214: Global Voices, WGS 216: Popular Culture and Power, WGS 218: Action: Intersections and Coalitions, and WGS 220: Politics of Sex. (12 hours)
  • 5 elective courses at the 300 level: 3 electives must be WGS core courses at the 300-level (chosen from WGS 303 – 399), and 2 electives may be WGS core courses at the 300-level or interdisciplinary electives at the 300-level for WGS credit. (15 hours)

A WGS core course originates in the WGS program and has the “WGS” prefix. An interdisciplinary elective for WGS credit has the "Women's and Gender Studies" attribute.

All courses counting toward the WGS major must be passed with a C- or higher.

WGS majors who are transfer students must complete at least 12 credit hours at Roosevelt University. For all majors, at least 9 credit hours must be completed at the 300-level. 

Introductory Course: 1 required3
GENDER JUSTICE
Core 200 Level Courses: 4 required12
GLOBAL VOICES
POPULAR CULTURE AND POWER
ACTION: INTERSECTION & COALITION
POLITICS OF SEX
Core 300 Level Electives: At least 3 required9
TOPICS IN GLOBAL FRAMEWORKS
TOPICS IN IDENTITY, KNOWLEDGE, AND POWER
TOPICS IN CULTURE AND REPRESENTATION
TOPICS IN ACTION, ADVOCACY, AND RESISTANCE
TOPICS IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES
TOPICS IN FEMINIST THEORIES
FEMINISM AND WESTERN PHILOSOPHY
GLOBAL FEMINIST ETHICS
THE BODY: AGENCY, PAIN, DESIRE
FASHION: THE POLITICS OF STYLE
WHAT IS A FAMILY?
INTERNSHIP IN THE COMMUNITY
Interdisciplinary 300 Level Electives: At most 2 permitted Consult current schedule of classes for full list of electives for WGS credit, or contact WGS Advisor.6
WGS 3XX (Core WGS 300 Level courses) or
Recent Interdisciplinary Electives
WOMEN AND ART
WOMEN & THE RUSSIAN REVOLUTION
HISTORY & POLITICS OF WOMEN IN THE UNITED STATES
SEXUALITY, GENDER, AND INTERNATIONAL HUMAN RIGHTS
WOMEN, WORK & THE FAMILY
EDUCATION AND GENDER
GENDER AND SOCIETY
GENDER BASED VIOLENCE
GENDER, POWER, & THE BODY
General Education, University Writing Requirement, and Electives90
Total Credit Hours120

General Education Requirements

Academic Communities of Practice
ACP 101FIRST YEAR SEMINAR 13
ACP 110PRIMARY TEXTS3
ACP 250GROUNDS FOR CHANGE3
English Composition 2
ENG 101COMPOSITION I: CRITICAL READING & WRITING3
ENG 102COMPOSITION II: INTRODUCTION TO ACADEMIC RESEARCH3
Humanities
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Art History, English (excluding ENG 101 and ENG 102), History, Languages, Music, Philosophy, Theatre, Speech and Women's and Gender Studies9
Mathematics
MATH 110QUANTITATIVE LITERACY (or above) 33
Non-Western requirement
Non-Western course (can be used for Humanities or Social Sciences general education requirements)3
RU mission-related course 2
LIBS 201WRITING SOCIAL JUSTICE3
Science
One biological science and one physical science required (at least one must be a four-hour lab (not applicable for science majors)7-8
Social Sciences
Select 9 credits from the following subject areas: African-American Studies, Anthropology, Economics, History, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Women's and Gender Studies9
Total Credit Hours49-50
1

Required for students who enter RU with fewer than 12 credit hours

2

Minimum grade of C- required

3

Math, Computer Science & Technology, and Science majors have different requirements--see advisor

These quantitative requirements also apply to degrees in the College of Arts and Sciences:

  • Students may apply no more than 60 credit hours of 100-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must apply no fewer than 60 credit hours of 200- and 300-level courses toward the degree.
  • Students must have at least 18 credit hours (of the 60 credit hours above) at the 300 level.
  • Students may transfer in no more than 66 credit hours from community colleges.
  • Students must take their final 30 hours at Roosevelt University. Note that some majors have additional requirements for RU hours.
  • Students must have a grade point average of 2.0 or higher to graduate. Note that some majors have additional GPA requirements.
  • Students must have a minimum of 90 hours in Arts and Sciences.
  • Students may apply no more than 51 hours in the major (BA) or 57 hours in the major (BS)