Undergraduate Major

Requirements for the Second Major

The second major in Women's and Gender Studies is not a free-standing major; that is, it must complement another major, for example, English and WGS, Philosophy and WGS, Nursing and WGS, or Music Performance and WGS.  

The second major requires a total of 30 WGS credit hours (10 courses)

  • These courses must be taken in at least two disciplines.
  • At least 15 of these credits must be above the 200-level.
  • Students may petition to receive WGS credit for a course that is not cross-listed in WGS. These courses should include identifiable content devoted to women's or gender studies, and the student must be able to do a significant project or assignment based within the fields of women's studies or gender studies. If possible, students should file this petition before the semester starts; if that's not possible, students should file the petition during the first four weeks of class. 
  • Students may petition to receive up to 3 WGS credits for a credit-bearing Duquesne internship that focuses on gender-related issues.
  • Students may petition to receive up to 3 WGS credits for a directed reading or independent study.

Course Offerings

Current course descriptions.

In addition to the above courses, students may also submit a proposal to substitute a non-WGS course to fulfill a requirement for the WGS Second Major. Consult the specifications prior to submitting a proposal.

The following courses are also offered on a regular basis in the Women's and Gender Studies Center:

WSGS/THEO 201, "Women and Christianity" [This course fulfills the Social Justice requirement of the Core Curriculum]
WSGS/PSYC 453, "Psychology of Gender"
WSGS/JMA 421, "Sex, Myth, and Media"
WSGS/HIST 433, "Gender in American History"

All courses are cross-listed with departmental offerings. In addition to these regular courses, a number of special topics courses are offered each semester.