Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies


Bachelor of Arts | College of Arts and Science

What is Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies?

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS) is a dynamic, interdisciplinary program that investigates how our lives are affected by gender, race, class, age, sexuality, religion, (dis)ability, gender identity, and nationality. WGS emphasizes the importance of understanding gender and sexuality as elements of wider social and political structures of power, knowledge, experience, culture, embodiment, intimacy, and labor. WGS courses are organized around contemporary feminist research and theory, and focus intersectionally on women, gender, and sexuality as subjects of inquiry. Our coursework also focuses on how theory and practice come together. Students may choose from courses spanning departments, disciplines, divisions, and ideologies.

What are the features of Miami’s program?

Engaged learning with award-winning faculty

In WGS, students find an active and supportive community, close interaction with faculty who have won numerous teaching awards, opportunities to take on leadership roles, and an academic program that allows them to cross the traditional disciplinary boundaries. With 9 core faculty members and over 50 affiliates, this program integrates expertise in virtually every field of human endeavor.

Flexible, cutting-edge curriculum

The WGS curriculum is flexible and innovative, providing a strong liberal arts and cutting-edge interdisciplinary education that prepares our students for meaningful life and work in the 21st century. The flexibility of the major requirements encourages students to design a program to suit their needs and interests and makes it possible to pursue a minor or double major. A participant in the American Association of Universities "Shared Futures: General Education for a Global Century" Initiative, the WGS Program emphasizes critical thinking, personal and intellectual development, accountable local and global citizenship, and engaged learning. WGS students draw on interdisciplinary scholarship to analyze how cultural institutions, social structures, and systems of representation situate persons differentially according to their social position in complex networks of power, privilege, disenfranchisement, and marginalization.

Strong liberal arts education in the Miami tradition

The WGS program is integral to Miami University's commitment to intercultural competency, global learning, and academic excellence. The WGS major responds to specific University goals for student learning by promoting critical and creative thinking, facilitating engaged learning, providing opportunities for undergraduate research, emphasizing strong written and oral communication skills, and fostering leadership skills and opportunities for all of our majors.

What are the special admission requirements, if any?

There are no additional admission requirements for this program.

What courses would I take?

Majors take 5 core courses (WGS 201, 211, 301, one theory course, and one senior capstone) and 18 additional units in WGS or WGS cross-listed courses.

What can I do with this major?

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduates gain knowledge, self-awareness, intercultural competency, and breadth of perspective, which are valuable in their own right and which public service organizations, private industry, government, and graduate schools need. And the employment picture is bright: comparisons of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies graduates with female college graduates nationwide show an edge for WGS students in both traditional and non-traditional career fields. Recent graduates have gone on to law school, graduate school in many fields, public service and private sector careers, political leadership positions, and teaching in both K–12 and higher education.

Who can I contact for more information?

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
126 MacMillan Hall
Oxford, OH 45056