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College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Pursuing a WGSS-focused Major

Western Washington University’s Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) program draws on interdisciplinary research and teaching to analyze the formation of sex, gender, and sexuality as they intersect with race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, age, and ability. Our program encourages theory and praxis that critically considers global and local communities in efforts to revise, re-envision, and reimagine social change. The WGSS major provides students with the skills to critically and actively engage with the world around them. Our plan of study equips students in various ways: to understand, apply, analyze, and critique key concepts and theoretical positions in feminist, gender, sexuality, and queer studies; to assess and denaturalize identities and experiences as embedded in and produced by interlocking and intersectional systems of power and inequalities; to integrate feminist, gender and queer analysis into a variety of scholarly, social, political, creative, and activist practices.

WGSS, BA - University Catalog Page

Requirements : 60 CREDITS

Choose two courses from:

WGSS 211 Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

WGSS 212 Feminist Theory and Expression
WGSS 213 Introduction to Queer and Sexuality Studies


WGSS 350 Feminist and Queer Methodologies

Or a comparable methods course in another program under advisement


WGSS 450 Capstone Seminar

Or a comparable capstone course in another program under advisement


20 credits from 300­ and 400 ­level WGSS courses


20 additional credits of approved electives in any discipline (up to 10 credits at the 200­ level).


How to Declare

Students, if you would like to declare the WGSS major, please use the following e-form and submit to the WGSS dept email ( major declaration form  If you have questions about the major (or minor), please contact:

WGSS Director & Professor Vicki   OR 

WGSS Program Coordinator Angela, 360-650-3918