Undergraduate Catalog 2015-2016


Women's and Gender Studies (WGS)

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

8 Semester Plan

120 Credit Hours

CIP Code: 05.0207

College of Arts & Sciences


Major Description

The Women's and Gender Studies major focuses on feminist research and practice. WGS promotes social justice through the discovery and production of knowledge that emerges from feminist perspectives on culture and society. Students learn the analytic skills to engage the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, and nationality in order to become responsible citizens in a diverse transnational environment. We expose limits in traditional higher education caused by excluding women and other marginalized groups and create knowledge that is transformative and inclusive. We connect academic work to the social, political, and economic world outside the university; in linking knowledge, research, and activism, students learn to think critically about social inequalities.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students wishing to transfer to USF should complete the A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. Some courses required for the major may also meet General Education Requirements thereby transferring maximum hours to the university. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the university's entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements.

The transfer student should also be aware of the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

No State Mandated Common Prerequisites are required for this degree program.

Total Major Hours: 36 Hours

Major Core

Students must choose a total of 36 credit hours from Women's and Gender Studies courses. Transfer students may not apply more than 12 hours taken elsewhere toward the major at the University of South Florida.

Students taking Women's and Gender Studies as a second major need to complete 30 credit hours. To do so, they must make a written request to the Undergraduate Director at the time they declare Women's and Gender Studies as a second major. Courses taken in the first major may not count toward the 30 hours in Women's and Gender Studies as a second major.

Major Core Courses - 15 Hours

Major Elective Courses - 21 Hours

The remaining 21 hours of Women's & Gender Studies coursework may be comprised of any courses offered by the Women's & Gender Studies department, including approved cross-listed courses. No more than twelve hours of WST 4930 may count toward the 36 hour minimum.

Additional Major Information

Major Advising

Students electing to major, double major or minor in Women's and Gender Studies should consult the undergraduate advisor for timely scheduling of classes.

The WGS advisor, Briana Byers, is located on the second floor of SCA in room 239. She can be reached at WGSadvise@usf.edu.

Major Faculty

Chairperson: D. Price-Herndl; Professor: D. Price-Herndl; Associate Professors: K. Golombisky, M. Hughes Miller; Assistant Professor: D. Rubin; Professor Emeriti: C. DiPalma, L.L. McAlister, M. Myerson, J. Snook; Instructors: J. Turner, M. Wendland.

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