​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Program Description

In the women and gender studies program, you’ll learn about how greatly society relies on the effects of gender, sex, ethnicity, race and class. With feminist movements on the rise, it’s important to understand how oppression and efforts for equality affect not only women, but everyone on the gender spectrum. You can pair a major in women and gender studies with one in psychology, political science or a variety of other programs to fit your career goals.​​

Put Your Degree to Work

As a graduate of the women and gender studies program, you can apply your skills to any area of study, including counseling, education, gerontology, government, health professions, human resources, law and advocacy, politics, public relations, social work, and domestic violence support.

​U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics sample data

JobMedian PayJob Growth through ​2022​
Social/human services assistant$28,850 per year22% (81,200 more jobs)
Social worker$44,200 per year19% (114,100 more jobs)
Mental health and family therapist$41,500 per year29% (48,200 more jobs)

For More Information

Visit the women and gender studies website​ or contact:

Women and Gender Studies Program
Anspach Hall 001
Email: wgs@cmich.edu​
Phone: 989-774-3601

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail please see our official online academic bulletin AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the General Education courses required for all majors and may not include some program specific information, such as admissions, retention, and termination standards.

(Click on the course name or number for a complete course description.)

Women and Gender Studies Major

Women and Gender Studies is a multi-disciplinary course of study that fosters understanding of the ways in which social patterning of female and male roles impacts on human behavior and on the accumulation of knowledge. It satisfies the needs of students working in a large number of disciplines. The Women and Gender Studies major requires 30 hours of coursework and a second major taken in any discipline offered at Central Michigan University. The director of the Women and Gender Studies Program serves as advisor for all students taking this major.
Total: 30 semester hours Additional Requirements: 1. Completion of a second major in any discipline offered by CMU. 2. Courses must be selected in consultation with an advisor.
Core Courses
(9 hours)
WGS 100
How Gender Affects Our Lives
3
WGS 426/PSC 426/PHL 426
Feminist Theory
3
WGS 496
Capstone Seminar in Women's Studies
3
Required Courses I
(9 hours)
Three of the following
WGS 230/ECO 230
Women in the Economy
3
WGS 317/SOC 317
Sociology of Sex and Gender
3
WGS 326/PSC 326
Women and Politics
3
WGS 334/PSY 334
Psychology of Women
3
WGS 430/GRN 430
Women and Aging
3
WGS 590/ANT 590/SOC 590
Gender, Culture, and Society
3
Required Courses II
(6 hours)
Two of the following
WGS 207/REL 207
Women in Religion
3
WGS 303/REL 303
Goddesses
3
WGS 327/ENG 327
Women Writers: Gender, Sexuality, and Literature
3
WGS 328/HST 326
Women in America
3
WGS 354/HST 354
Women in European History
3
WGS 362/COM 362
Gender Communication
3
WGS 382/ART 382
Gender and Art
3
Electives
(6 hours)
Chosen from the courses not selected from the lists above, or from the following group:
HST 221
Growing Up in America
3
JRN 380
Racial and Cultural Diversity: Mass Media's Role
3
MGT 357
Women in Management
3
WGS 213/HDF 213
Introduction to Human Sexuality
3
WGS 297
Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
3-6
WGS 319/PES 319
Women and Sport
2
WGS 410/SOC 410
Women, Crime and Deviance
3
WGS 497
Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
3-6