Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies [WGSS] is a transdisciplinary program for students who wish to explore gender and its relation to other axes of power such as race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion and sexuality. WGSS covers a complex variety of theoretical and empirical scholarship, both within traditional disciplines and in transdisciplinary frames in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, as well as combinations of the three. The WGSS Program is committed to critical perspectives and bodies of knowledge that contribute to possibilities for transformation and change. Towards this end, WGSS courses emphasize participatory education in which student involvement, critical thinking and personal insight are encouraged and made relevant in the learning process.

Students can pursue a Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major or minor.

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Harpur College Requirements

Harpur College students must complete the following requirements in addition to those listed for the major: 

  • 126 credits
  • 90 liberal arts and sciences credits
  • Minimum of 46 upper-level credits
  • Completion of the Harpur College writing requirement (4 to 5 courses as described in the All-College Writing section of the Harpur College Undergraduate Information section of the Bulletin. Maximum of one C/J course and two W courses may be transferred).
  • Minimum of 44 credits in residence in Harpur College
  • 2.0 or higher GPA

Harpur College requirements are described in detail in the Requirements for Graduation section of the Harpur College Undergraduate Information section of the Bulletin.

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Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies requires a total of ten WGSS-designated courses (40 credits):

  • One introductory course:
    • WGSS 200. Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • Two courses in Theoretical Inquiries, such as:
    • WGSS 281. Topics in Theoretical Inquiries
    • WGSS 381. Intermediate Topics in Theoretical Inquiries
    • WGSS 405. Women and the Law
    • WGSS 481. Advanced Topics in Theoretical Inquiries
  • Two courses in Social Justice, Social Movements, such as: 
    • WGSS 240. Women of Color in the U.S.
    • WGSS 266. U.S. Women Since 1874
    • WGSS 282. Topics in Social Justice, Social Movements
    • WGSS 324. Gender and Work
    • WGSS 340. Women and the U.S. Criminal Justice System
    • WGSS 382. Intermediate Topics in Social Justice, Social Movements
    • WGSS 482. Advanced Topics in Social Justice, Social Movements
  • Three courses in Critical Humanities and/or Critical Social Sciences, such as: 
    • Critical Humanities
      • WGSS 283. Topics in Critical Humanities
      • WGSS 383. Intermediate Topics in Critical Humanities
      • WGSS 483. Advanced Topics in Critical Humanities
    • Critical Social Sciences
      • WGSS 221. Anthropology of Sex and Sexuality
      • WGSS 284. Topics in Critical Social Sciences
      • WGSS 300. Exploring Queer Lives
      • WGSS 353. The Sociology of Reproduction
      • WGSS 384. Intermediate Topics in Critical Social Sciences
      • WGSS 484. Advanced Topics in Critical Social Sciences
  • Two General Topics courses, such as:
    • WGSS 280. General Topics in WGSS
    • WGSS 380. Intermediate Topics in WGSS
    • WGSS 480. Advanced Topics in WGSS

The above courses must also meet the following requirements:

  • At least six courses (24 credits) must be at the 300 level or higher
  • At least three courses (12 credits) must be cross-listed, each with a different department
  • At least five courses (20 credits) must be taken at Binghamton University, including at least three courses (12 credits) at the 300 level or above, and at least one advanced course (4 credits) at the 400 level (e.g., a seminar, internship, or independent study course)
  • Students must receive a grade of "C" or higher for a course to be counted toward the major (courses taken Pass/Fail do not count)

Note: Some non-WGSS courses may be used to meet the above requirements if approved by the WGSS Committee or Program Director. Students should take 200-level courses before enrolling in more advanced 300- and 400-level courses.

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Minor in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The minor requires a total of six WGSS-designated courses:

  • WGSS 200. Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
  • One course in Social Justice, Social Movements (WGSS 282, WGSS 382, WGSS 482)
  • One course in either Critical Humanities (WGSS 283, WGSS 383, WGSS 483) or Critical Social Sciences (WGSS 284, WGSS 384, WGSS 484)
  • Two elective courses designated as WGSS (any course not designated as WGSS must be approved by a WGSS advisor)

The above courses must also meet the following requirements:

  • At least three courses (12 credits) must be at the 300 level or higher, including at least one course at the 400 level
  • At least three courses (12 credits) must be cross-listed, each with a different departments
  • At least three courses (12 credits) must be taken at Binghamton University
  • Students must receive a minimum of a C grade in order for a course to fulfill requirements for the minor, and no courses taken under the Pass/Fail option may be credited toward the minor