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Academic Requirements

Otterbein offers both a major and minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 

Requirements for the Major (40 hours)

  • a foundational core of three courses: WGSS 1100, WGSS 2001, and WGSS 2002 (12 hrs)
  • a concentration in the focus area of their choosing (12 hrs)
  • additional elective courses (12 hours)
  • a senior capstone project: WGSS 4200, WGSS 4400, or WGSS 4600 (4 hours).

In addition, 16 hours of the WGSS major must be at the 3000 or 4000 level.

Foundation Courses in WGSS (12 hours)

  • WGSS 1100 Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

  • WGSS 2001 Theories and Methods: Feminisms

  • WGSS 2002 Theories and Methods: Gender and Sexuality Studies

Focus Area/Concentration (12 hours)

Upon completing the 2000-level foundational sequence, WGSS majors will be asked to declare a three-course concentration, or focus area, in the subject of their choosing. The concentration is designed to encourage coherent inquiry into an issue, period, field, discipline, thematic, critical problem, or research question in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

WGSS majors may choose from a list of standard options for the concentration or design one of their own (with the approval of the WGSS director).

Concentrations may include (but are not limited to):

  • Gender, Culture, and Representation
    Possible coursework: Women as Subjects and Objects in the Visual Arts; Studies in Women’s Literature; Studies in GLBTQ Literatures; Women and Music; Sex as Art: Sex and Sexuality in Visual Art; Weaving Women’s Mythologies: Ancient and Modern; Inscribing the Body: Sexual Identity in Contemporary German Women’s Fiction
  • Power and Identity
    Possible coursework: Anthropology of Sex and Gender; Sociology of Gender; Psychology of Women; Gender and Communication; Studies in Women’s History; Gender and Witchcraft in the Atlantic World
  • Social Activism and Political Change
    Possible coursework: Race, Gender, Class, and Media; Human and Community Services: Organizing across Race, Gender, and Class: Gender and Feminist Political Theory
  • Queer Studies
    Possible coursework: Studies in GLBTQ Literature, Media Q; Screening Sexuality; The History of Sexuality in the U.S; Sex as Art: Sex and Sexuality in Visual Art; Gender and Biology
  • Gender in a Global Context
    Possible coursework: Women and Religion; Inscribing the Body: Sexual Identity in Contemporary German Women’s Fiction; Anthropology of Sex and Gender; The Foundations of Patriarchy
  • Women and Leadership
    Possible coursework: Women and Leadership, Human and Community Services: Organizing Across Race, Class, Gender and Age; Leadership Practices3
  • Individualized Concentration
    Designed by the WGSS major.

Elective WGSS Courses (12 hours)

  • Special topics courses in the WGSS program

  • Disciplinary courses that affiliate with the WGSS program

  • Selected FYS courses

  • Approved courses in the Integrative Studies dyad in Gender and Sexuality

  • Independent study

Requirements for the Minor (20 hours)

Required Core Courses (8 hours)
WGSS 1100 - Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (4 hrs)
choose one:
WGSS 2001 - Theories and Methods: Feminisms (4 hrs) or
WGSS 2002 - Theories and Methods: Gender and Sexuality Studies (4 hrs)

Elective Courses (12 hours)
See information about the elective courses above.

Four hours of the WGSS minor must be on at the 3000 or 4000-level.

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