​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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: 989-774-3341

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. The director of the Women and Gender Studies Program serves as advisor for all students taking this major.
Total: 30 semester hours Additional Requirements: Courses must be selected in consultation with an advisor.
Core Courses
(9 hours)
WGS 100
How Gender Affects Our Lives
WGS 426/PHL 426/PSC 426
Feminist Theory
WGS 496
Capstone Seminar in Women's Studies
Required Courses I
(9 hours)
Three of the following
WGS 230/ECO 230
Women in the Economy
WGS 317/SOC 317
Sociology of Gender
WGS 326/PSC 326
Women and Politics
WGS 334/PSY 334
Psychology of Women
WGS 430/HDF 430
Women and Aging
Required Courses II
(6 hours)
Two of the following
WGS 207/REL 207
Women in Religion
WGS 226/HST 226
From Trials to Women’s Liberation: Women in America
WGS 254/HST 254
Women in European History
WGS 303/REL 303
WGS 327/ENG 327
Women Writers: Gender, Sexuality, and Literature
WGS 362/COM 362
Gender Communication
WGS 382/ART 382
Gender and Art
(6 hours)
Chosen from the courses not selected from the lists above, or from the following group:
HST 221
Growing Up in America
JRN 380
Racial and Cultural Diversity: Mass Media's Role
MGT 357
Women in Management
WGS 213/HDF 213
Introduction to Human Sexuality
WGS 297
Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies
WGS 319/PES 319
Women and Sport
WGS 410/SOC 410
Women, Crime and Deviance
WGS 497
Special Topics in Women and Gender Studies