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WGS-BA - Women and Gender Studies


Official Name of Program

Women and Gender Studies

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Department(s) Sponsoring Program



Degree Designation

BA - Bachelor of Arts



NYSED Program Code

76073 - WGS-BA

CIP Code


A major in Women and Gender Studies (WGS) trains students to explore gender and its relation to other identity markers such as race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, nation, and religion. By learning and applying intersectional feminist analysis, WGS majors study processes of social and identity formation; how they shape the human experience, and how they produce structures of power and domination. Throughout a rigorous interdisciplinary course of study, WGS majors are expected not only to re-examine the historical record to make visible the experiences of disenfranchised groups but also connect feminist theories to current and concrete social and political contexts.


In order to graduate with honors in Women and Gender Studies, a student must have a 3.5 GPA in the Women and Gender Studies major and a college-wide cumulative index of at least 3.0. Students should submit a 18-20 page paper written for any Women and Gender Studies 300 level class including but not limited to the Research Seminar (course). The student must submit the paper by March 30 (for June graduation) and October 30 (for December graduation) to be considered for program honors. A faculty committee will read submitted papers and determine whether they merit honors.