WGS Major

Requirements for Declaring a WGS Major

March 21, 2022-  NOTE TO WGS STUDENTS AND ADVISERS:
Due to changes in the curriculum we have had to change some of our course mnemonics. Please see the list of courses here which will be listed under different mnemonics. Students need to know that they WILL NOT BE ABLE TO GET MAJOR OR MINOR CREDIT if they took a course under the old mnemonic and take what is essentially the same class under the new mnemonic.

As of August 22, 2020 any student wishing to declare a WGS Major must have completed two unspecified WGS course with a grade of C of better.

STEPS TO DECLARE A MAJOR

  1. Review the website listings of the WGS Course Catalog and approved affiliated courses.
  2. Review requirements below to select from: WGS Major without concentrations, WGS Major with a concentration in Gender Studies or a WGS Major with a concentration in Sexuality Studies.
  3. Obtain a current copy of your Academic Advising Transcript from the Student Information System (SIS).
  4. Obtain a copy of the Declaration of Major form at https://college.as.virginia.edu/forms. 
  5. Complete the Major Advising Worksheet.
  6. Complete the WGS Student Information Form.
  7. Review your completed forms with WGS Director of Undergraduate Programs, Bonnie Hagerman during office hours or email to make an appointment.

REQUIREMENTS FOR DECLARING A MAJOR


There are three ways to complete a major in Women, Gender & Sexuality: the Women, Gender & Sexuality major with no area of concentration, the Women, Gender & Sexuality major with a concentration in Gender Studies, and the Women, Gender & Sexuality major with a concentration in Sexuality Studies. There are no specific courses required to declare a major in WGS though many students take WGS 2100 Intro to Gender & Sexuality Studies before declaring.

As of August 22, 2020 any student wishing to declare a WGS Major must have completed two unspecified WGS courses with a grade of C of better.

*WGS majors will receive priority course enrollment during the first two days of the open undergraduate enrollment period each semester.

*Transfer students must complete at least 7 courses at UVA for the major, and these must include a theory course and the 4000-level and above courses.

*Students who have taken WGS 2897 or 4800 will not receive additional credit toward the major for taking WGS 3897.

A. The major in Women, Gender & Sexuality (WGS) without concentrations requires the completion of 10 courses (30 credits). At least seven courses must be at the 3000 level or above. These must include the following required courses:

  1. WGS 2100 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
  2. WGS 2125 Race & Power in Gender & Sexuality Studies
  3. WGS 3100 Introduction to WGS Theory
  4. WGS 3125 Transnational Feminism
  5. WGS 3500 Research and Methods in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
  6. WGS 4500 Capstone: Topics in Women, Gender & Sexuality
  7. A minimum of two WGS Electives
  8. Two additional electives that are WGS or WGS-affiliated

A minimum grade of C must be earned in any course counted toward the major. Courses counting toward the WGS major may include one Independent Study course. Two courses may be “double-counted” toward a major in WGS and a major in another department; that is, two courses taken for another major can also count toward the WGS major.

B. The major in Women, Gender & Sexuality (WGS) with a concentration in Gender Studies requires the completion of 10 courses (30 credits). At least seven courses must be at the 3000 level. These must include the following required courses:

  1. WGS 2100 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
  2. WGS 2125 Race & Power in Gender & Sexuality Studies
  3. WGS 3100 Introduction to WGS Theory
  4. WGS 3125 Transnational Feminism
  5. WGS 3500 Research and Methods in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
  6. WGS 4500 Capstone: Topics in Women, Gender & Sexuality
  7. EITHER WGS 4810 Advanced Theory Seminar: Feminist Theory or WGS 4820 Advanced Theory Seminar: Black Feminist Theory
  8. One WGS elective designated as providing a Gender Focus
  9. Two additional electives that are WGS or WGS-affiliated

A minimum grade of C must be earned in any course counted toward the major. Courses counting toward the WGS major may include one Independent Study course. Two courses may be “double-counted” toward a major in WGS and a major in another department; that is, two courses taken for another major can also count toward the WGS major.

C. The major in Women, Gender & Sexuality (WGS) with a concentration in Sexuality Studies requires the completion of 10 courses (30 credits). At least seven courses must be at the 3000 level. These must include the following required courses:

  1. WGS 2100 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
  2. WGS 2125 Race & Power in Gender & Sexuality Studies
  3. WGS 3100 Introduction to WGS Theory
  4. WGS 3125 Transnational Feminism
  5. WGS 3500 Research and Methods in Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
  6. WGS 4500 Capstone: Topics in Women, Gender & Sexuality
  7. WGS 4800 Advanced Theory Seminar: Queer Theory
  8. One WGS elective designated as providing a Sexuality Focus
  9. Two additional electives that are WGS or WGS-affiliated

A minimum grade of C must be earned in any course counted toward the major. Courses counting toward the WGS major may include one Independent Study course. Two courses may be “double-counted” toward a major in WGS and a major in another department; that is, two courses taken for another major can also count toward the WGS major.

*For the Spring 2020 semester ONLY: courses taken under the CR/NC exception, where credit is received, will be counted toward WGS major.


The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.