Women’s & Gender Studies, B.A.

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Minimum Total Credit Hours: 120

Major Hours: 30

Minimum Upper-Division Hours: 48

Upper-Division Hours Within Major: 21


Overall GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Major GPA - Combined and OU: 2.00

Program Code: B875

Major Requirements​

  • Some courses required for the major may also fulfill University General Education and/or College of Arts & Sciences Requirements.
  • Thirty hours are required, 21 must be upper-division. Program of study must be approved by the Director of the Program and a faculty committee.
Introductory Course
WGS 1003Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
Area Studies
Choose one course from each of the following areas:9
Choose 12 hours in any of the Area Studies12
Theory Requirement
WGS 4123Contemporary Feminist Thought3
Senior Requirement
Choose one of the following: 13
Honors Research (HONORS)
WGS Internship
Senior Thesis
Total Credit Hours30

Area Studies Course Lists

History & Culture

AFAM 3433African American Women3
AFAM 4010Special Topics In African And African-American Studies (Black Women Ldrs.)3
ANTH 4303Women and Development in Africa3
HIST/WGS 3133Medieval Women3
HIST 3243European Women & Gender Relations3
HIST 3533The History of Early American Women3
HIST/WGS 3933U.S. Queer History3
HIST 3593Women in the American West3
HIST 4973Undergraduate Seminar in History (Gender, Family, Culture)3
HIST 4973Undergraduate Seminar in History (History of Feminist Thought)3
HON 2970Honors Seminar (Sex & Love in African History)3
IAS 3523Women and Gender in South Asia3
PHIL 3743Feminist Philosophy3
WGS 3220WGS Special Topics3
WGS 3253Men and Masculinity3
WGS 3273Queer Theory3
WGS 3423Women and Sports3
WGS 34633

Literature, Art & Communication

A HI 4853American Indian Women Artists3
ENGL 2133Autobiographical Writing3
ENGL 3103Topics in Advanced Composition (Women’s St. approval required)3
ENGL 32633
ENGL 4013Major Figure (With Subtitle) (requires Approval)3
ENGL 4273Women Writers3
EXPO 1213/1223Expository Writing (Transcending Gender)3
EXPO 1213/1223Expository Writing (Examining Codes of Gender)3
HON 3993Honors Colloquium (WGS related)3
JMC 4853Race, Gender and the Media3
MUSC 4970Undergraduate Seminar (Music & Gender)3
SOC 3890Special Topics For Non-Majors (Soc. of Gender & Sex in Media)3
WGS 3223WGS Special Topics3
WGS 3413Body Image Vs. Reality3
WGS 3443Gender & Interpersonal Comm3
WGS 3810WGS Special Topics3

Contemporary Society and Policy

ANTH 4253The Anthropology of Communities3
ANTH 4593Anthropology of Human Reproduction3
ANTH 4723Gender and Health3
ANTH 4843Cross-Cultural Study of Sex, Gender and Sexuality3
ECON 4513The Economics of Discrimination3
HES 3523Human Sexuality3
HES 4523Human Sexuality II3
H R 3303Family Issues in Human Relations3
H R 4423Women's Issues in Human Relations3
H R 4433Gender and War3
HON 2970Honors Seminar (Sex & Love in African History)3
P SC/WGS 3043Gender, Power and Leadership in Politics and Public Administration3
P SC 3220Topics in Public Policy (Sex, Morality & Pub. Pol icy)3
SOC 3723Sociology of Family3
SOC 3733Sociology of Gender3
SOC 39633
SOC/WGS 3353Race, Class and Gender3
SOC/WGS 3983Women, Girls and Crime3
WGS 3123Social Justice and Social Change3
WGS 3223WGS Special Topics (Women Creating Social Change)3
WGS 3283Human Trafficking3
WGS 3453Women's Psychosocial Dev3
WGS 34633
WGS 35733
WGS 35833
WGS 36233
WGS 3813WGS Special Topics3
WGS 3943Women's Health3
WGS 3953Women and the Law3
WGS 4120WGS Special Topics (Women’s Mental Health)3

General Education and College Requirements

Courses graded P/NP will not apply

Courses for fulfillment of General Education and College of Arts & Sciences requirements must be from the approved General Education course list published in the Class Schedule or at http://www.ou.edu/gened/courses.

University-Wide General Education (minimum 40 hours) and College Requirements

Core Area I: Symbolic and Oral Communication
English Composition (6 hours)
ENGL 1113Principles of English Composition3
ENGL 1213Principles of English Composition3
or EXPO 1213 Expository Writing
Language (0-13 hours in the same language)
The college requirement cannot be met by high school coursework.
Beginning Course0-5
Beginning Course, continued0-5
Intermediate Course (2000 level) 1,20-3
Mathematics (3 hours)
Choose one course from the General Education Mathematics list3
Core Area II: Natural Science (7 hours, including one laboratory component)
Biological Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: BIOL, HES, MBIO, or PBIO 13-4
Physical Science
Choose an approved General Education Natural Science course with one of the following prefixes: AGSC, ASTR, CHEM, GEOG, GEOL, GPHY, METR, or PHYS 13-4
Core Area III: Social Science (6 hours)
P SC 1113American Federal Government3
Choose one course from the General Education Social Science list3
Core Area IV: Arts and Humanities (18 hours)
Artistic Forms
Choose one course from the General Education Artistic Forms list3
Western Culture
HIST 1483United States to 18653
or HIST 1493 United States, 1865 to the Present
Choose one course from the General Education Western Culture list (excluding HIST 1483/1493)3
World Culture
Choose one course from the General Education World Culture list3
Additional Core IV Upper-Division Arts & Humanities courses
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Choose one course from Artistic Forms, Western Culture, or World Culture 1,33
Core Area V: First Year Experience (3 hours)
Choose one course3
Total Credit Hours56

Free Electives

Electives to bring total applicable hours to the minimum total required for the degree including 48 upper-division hours.

Information Concerning General Rules, Regulations and Minimum Requirements

Arts and Sciences Hours: At least 80 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BA degree. At least 55 semester hours of liberal arts and sciences courses are required for a BS degree.
Pass/No Pass Enrollment: A maximum of 16 semester hours of free elective credit may be attempted under this option.
Individual Studies (e.g., courses titled “Independent Study”): A maximum of 12 total semester hours may be counted toward graduation, excluding Honors Reading and Honors Research.
P.E. Courses: No physical education activity courses will be counted toward the 120 semester hours of acceptable credit for graduation.
Senior Institution Hours: A minimum of 60 semester hours applied toward graduation must be earned at senior (4-year) institutions.
Residency:

  • At least 15 of the final 30 hours applied toward the degree or at least 50 percent of the hours required by the institution in the major field must be satisfactorily completed at the awarding institution.
  • At least 15 semester hours of upper-division major work must be completed in residence at OU.
  • OU correspondence courses are not considered resident credit.

Grade Point Averages: Students must earn a minimum over all 2.00 for each of the following: Combined Retention GPA (all college grades), OU Retention GPA, GPA for all major courses, and GPA for all major courses taken at OU. Some schools and departments of the College have higher minimum grade point averages required for their students.
Special Degrees: Students may qualify for an Honors degree (cum Laude, Magna cum Laude, or Summa cum Laude) by completing specific requirements of the Honors College. A degree will be earned with Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.60 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA. A degree will be earned with Special Distinction if the student completes at least 60 semester hours at OU with at least a 3.90 combined retention GPA and OU retention GPA.

Suggested Semester Plan of Study

This plan shows one possible grouping of courses that would allow students to graduate in four years. Please refer to the front of the degree checksheet for official requirements. Students must consult with College of Arts and Sciences and Department of Women’s and Gender Studies academic advisors to verify that courses selected each semester fulfill the recommended plan and satisfy university, College of Arts and Sciences, and Women’s and Gender Studies major requirements.

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman
First SemesterCredit Hours
ENGL 1113 Principles of English Composition (Core I) 3
Math (Core I) 3
WGS 1003 Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (Core IV-Western Culture) 3
Beginning Language (Core I) 5
Social Science (Core III) 3
 Credit Hours17
Second Semester
ENGL 1213
Principles of English Composition (Core I)
or Expository Writing
3
Beginning Language continued (Core I) 5
Natural Science with lab (Core II) 4
First Year Experience (Core V) 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore
First Semester
HIST 1483
United States to 1865 (Core IV)
or United States, 1865 to the Present
3
History & Culture Major Requirement, upper-division 3
Major Elective 3
Intermediate Language 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
P SC 1113 American Federal Government (Core III) 3
Major Elective, upper-division 3
Natural Science without lab (Core II) 3
Artistic Forms (Core IV) 3
Free Elective, lower-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior
First Semester
Contemporary Social & Scientific Problems Major Requirement, upper-division 3
Major Elective, upper-division 3
Major Elective, upper-division 3
World Culture (Core IV) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
WGS 4123 Contemporary Feminist Thought 3
Literature, Art, & Communication Major Requirement, upper-division 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Arts & Humanities, upper-division, outside major (Gen. Ed.) 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior
First Semester
Senior Thesis or Internship course 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours15
Second Semester
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 3
Free Elective, lower- or upper-division 1
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
Free Elective, upper-division (3000-4000-level) 3
 Credit Hours13
 Total Credit Hours120