Concentration Requirements

Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) is an interdisciplinary area at LSU featuring courses that use a range of methodologies and disciplines to enrich our knowledge about women in different periods and cultures. By examining issues of gender, WGS courses provide fresh perspectives on social, aesthetic, economic, and political issues.

Students are required to major in Liberal Arts and concentrate in WGS. This means students are allowed more interdisciplinary freedom when selecting their academic paths. Most students who concentrate in WGS decide to earn a double major because of the program's interdisciplinary nature. For more information, visit the catalog on how to obtain a degree with two majors or graduating with two degrees.


Required courses for the B.A. in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in WGS

As a student pursuing a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Liberal Arts with a Concentration in Women's and Gender Studies, you will be required to complete 36 hours of course work, including:

  • WGS 2500, "Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies" (3 credit hours);
  • WGS 2900, "Gender, Race, and Nation" (3 credit hours);
  • WGS 3150, "Survey of Feminist Theory" (3 credit hours);
  • WGS 4500, "Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies" (6 credit hours).
  • An approved cross-cultural course is also required (3 credit hours).
  • You must also complete 18 additional hours of electives.
    • These electives should be WGS-approved social science/humanities electives.
    • Of these elective courses, 9 hours must be at the 3000 level or above.
    • You should contact the WGS undergraduate adviser to ensure your electives are eligible for degree credit.

View the suggested path in the catalog for concentrating in WGS

View the WGS Undergradaute Program Overview and Classes Flyer

View the WGS Undergraduate Concentration Flyer

Specific questions?
Email the Undergraduate Advisor, Challen Nicklen


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