Advising Handbook 2022-2023 
    
    Jul 23, 2024  
Advising Handbook 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (First Year and Transfer)


Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Academic Bulletin

Area of Study: Interdisciplinary Studies

Things to keep in mind:

  • WGSS core courses are offered every semester as are every semester and there are multiple ways to enter into the program, especially at the 100 and 200 level.
  • Students will work with advisors to take advantage of the flexibility of the program as there are multiple pathways that could be followed.

Note: please remember that consulting with an advisor early and often is the best way to move through a WGSS major, especially because the major is flexible and courses are offered in a variety of programs and departments.

Big Picture:

WGSS major = 10 classes (40 credits)

  • 6 core classes = WGSS 100, WGSS 210 or 211, WGSS 300, WGSS 400, WGSS 580, WGSS 620
  • 4 electives = many choices across a variety of departments
  • WGSS 580: Junior seminar = usually in taught spring

A Pathway forward for a WGSS major

First year: Fall and Spring: WGSS 100, any 200-level

     +Elective(s)
       Recommended credits in major: 8 to 12 = two to three 4 credit courses

Second year: Fall and Spring: WGSS 100, and 200-level class, and 300 is possible

     +Elective(s)
       Recommended credits: 8-12 = two to three 4 credit classes

Third year: Fall: 200-, 300, and 400 level courses

       Spring: WGSS 580

     +Elective(s)
       Recommended credits: 8-12 = two to three 4 credit courses

Fourth year: Fall and Spring: add in 620

     +Elective(s)
       Recommended credits: 8 credits = two 4 credit classes

Total credits needed for WGSS major = 40 credits = 10 classes
     6 Core WGSS + 4 Electives from across departments and programs.

 

WGSS Minor 

Things to keep in mind:

  • WGSS core courses are offered every semester as are every semester and there are multiple ways to enter into the program, especially at the 100 and 200 level.
  • Students will work with advisors to take advantage of the flexibility of the program as there are multiple pathways that could be followed.

Note: please remember that consulting with an advisor early and often is the best way to move through a WGSS minor, especially because the minor is flexible and courses are offered in a variety of programs and departments.

Big Picture:

WGSS minor = 6 classes (24 credits)

  • 4 core classes = WGSS 100, WGSS 210 or 211, WGSS 300, WGSS 580
  • 2 electives = many choices across a variety of departments
  • WGSS 580: Junior seminar = usually in taught spring

A Pathway forward for a WGSS minor

First year: Fall and Spring: WGSS 100, any 200-level

     +Elective(s)
       Recommended credits in major: 4 to 8 credits = one to two 4 credit courses

Second year: Fall and Spring: WGSS 100, and 200-level class, and 300 is possible

     +Elective(s)
       Recommended credits: 4 to 8 credits = one to two 4 credit classes

Third year: Fall: 200, 300, and 400 level courses

        Spring: WGSS 580

     +Elective(s)
       Recommended credits: 4 to 8 credits = one to two 4 credit courses

Fourth year: Fall: any 200, 300, and 400 level

       Spring: WGSS 580

     +Elective(s)
​       Recommended credits: 8 credits = two 4 credit classes

Total credits needed for WGSS minor = 24 credits = 6 classes
     4 Core WGSS + 2 Electives from across departments and programs.

 

Information for Transfer Students


Transfer of credits chart

  • Students who transfer to Allegheny College and who are interested in WGSS are likely to have taken courses that would fill the major requirements below, especially electives from other departments and perhaps introductory WS or WGSS classes and perhaps a theory class.
  • Because electives, WGSS 100 and WGSS 300 are the classes that have transferred from other institutions in the last 5 years, here are some guidelines for you to see what classes might transfer toward a WGSS major or minor.
In order to fulfill the … … the course must cover …
WGSS 100, Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • An introduction to key concepts and connections in the field of women’s, gender, and sexuality studies
  • Focus on the connections between feminist and queer scholarship
  • Intersectional approaches to gender, class, race, sexuality, ability, religion, and nationality
WGSS 300, Feminist and Queer Theory
  • A focus on feminist and queer theories and how they are in conversation with one another
  • Intersectional approach to gender, race, class, sexuality, and nationality
Elective(s)
  • Electives in WGSS are flexible and offered in almost every department and major
  • If you’ve had classes in areas like women and policy, gender and the environment, literature and sexuality, it’s quite possible that they will transfer in as an elective toward a WGSS major or minor