May 29, 2023  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Women’s and Gender Studies, B.A.

(CIP = 05.0207) (WGS)

The Women’s and Gender Studies major focuses on feminist research and practice. WGS promotes social justice through the discovery and production of knowledge that emerges from feminist perspectives on culture and society. Students learn the analytic skills to engage the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability, and nationality in order to become responsible citizens in a diverse transnational environment. We expose limits in traditional higher education caused by excluding women and other marginalized groups and create knowledge that is transformative and inclusive. We connect academic work to the social, political, and economic world outside the university; in linking knowledge, research, and activism, students learn to think critically about social inequalities.

State Mandated Common Course Prerequisites

Students desiring to transfer to USF should complete an A.A. degree at a Florida College System institution. If students transfer with fewer than 60 semester hours of acceptable credit, the students must meet the University’s entering freshman requirements including ACT or SAT test scores, GPA, and course requirements. Transfer students are also required to comply with the immunization, foreign language, and continuous enrollment policies of the university.

There are no State Mandated Common Prerequisites for this program. All Florida College System students are encouraged to complete the Associate degree. Students should consult with an academic advisor in their major degree area at the intended transfer institution.

Total Major Hours: 36

Major Core (15 Credit Hours)

Students must choose a total of 36 credit hours from Women’s and Gender Studies courses. Transfer students may not apply more than 12 hours taken elsewhere toward the major at the University of South Florida.

Students taking Women’s and Gender Studies as a second major need to complete 30 credit hours. To do so, they must make a written request to the Undergraduate Director at the time they declare Women’s and Gender Studies as a second major. Courses taken in the first major may not count toward the 30 hours in Women’s and Gender Studies as a second major.

Major Electives (21 Credit Hours)

The remaining 21 hours of Women’s & Gender Studies coursework may be comprised of any courses offered by the Women’s & Gender Studies department, including approved cross-listed courses. No more than twelve hours of WST 4930  may count toward the 36 hour minimum.

Grading Requirement

Only letter grades of at least C- will be counted credit hours required for the major.

Research Opportunities

All undergraduate students in any degree program can participate in undergraduate research. There are a number of options to receive academic credit for a mentored research experience and to have the experience show on the official transcript. Students who wish to enroll in an undergraduate research course should consult with their academic advisor to understand how the credit will apply towards the degree requirements. If no credit is needed, students may be eligible to enroll in the 0-credit IDS 2912 , IDS 4914  or IDS 4910  courses. These courses will not impact degree credits or GPA but will show on an official transcript and document the experience. The Office of Undergraduate Research will assist students in understanding the various course options.

Internship Opportunities

Women’s and Gender Studies offers a number of internship opportunities to both majors and minors. Students work on-site and directly with a local organization and can earn from 1-3 credits. Majors may repeat the internship for a maximum of 6 credit hours; minors may repeat once for a maximum of 3 credit hours. Students interested in the internship should contact the Internship Director, Dr. Wendland.

Advising Information

Students electing to major, double major, or minor in Women’s and Gender Studies should consult the undergraduate advisor for timely scheduling of classes.

The WGS advisor, Tangela Serls, is located in SCA 232, and can be reached at

Women’s and Gender Studies Faculty

Chairperson: D. Price-Herndl; Professor: D. Price-Herndl; Associate Professors: K. Golombisky, M. Hughes Miller; Assistant Professor: D. Rubin; Professor Emeriti: C. DiPalma, L.L. McAlister, M. Myerson, J. Snook; Instructors: J. Turner, M. Wendland.

Plan of Study

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