Major Requirements

Overview of Major

  • Choose from Humanities or Social Science
  • Twelve courses (48 credits) in Women’s Studies:
  • WST 200 (SS)
  • Three Foundation courses (12 credits)
  • Six electives in Women's Studies (24 credits) from courses listed with at least two departments
  • WST 394, Internship or WST 395, Independent Research
  • WST 396, Research Seminar (4 credits)


  • WST 200 (SS)
  • 3 Foundation – 2 of which are Humanities
  • 6 Electives – including at least 3 Humanities
  • WST 394/395 Independent Study/Internship – Humanities Topic
  • *WST 396 Research Seminar


  • WST 200 (SS)
  • 3 Foundation – 2 of which are Social Sciences
  • 6 Electives – including at least 3 Social Sciences
  • WST 394/395 Independent Study/Internship – Social Sciences Topic
  • *WST 396 Research Seminar

*WST 396 Research Seminar is any WST seminar-style course taken in consultation with your advisor.

Courses listed are subject to change. View all WST courses and descriptions on our master course list, or contact SBAI for up-to-date listings.

WST 105: Sex and Power (H)
WST 123/AH 100: Intro to Visual & Cultural Studies (H)
WST 204/AH 355: Feminist Film Theory (H)
WST 205/PHL 171: Philosophical Foundations of Feminism (H)
WST 212: Queer Theory (H)
WST 221/AH 205: Representing Differences (H)
WST 223/ENG 223: Madness, Marriage, and Monstrosity: The Woman Reader, The Woman Writer, and the 19th-Century Novel (H)
WST 224/AH 276: Gender & Representation (H)
WST 225/AH 259: Women, Cloth & Culture  (H)
WST 239/REL 220: Jewish Women’s Writing (H)
WST 240/ENG 126: Writing Women’s Lives (H)
WST 243/ENG 243: Major Authors: Jane Austen/Major Authors: The Brontes(H)
WST 244/FR 243: Mutilated Bodies, Mutilated Discourse (H)
WST 247/ENG 248: Contemporary Women’s Writing (H)
WST 256/SP 260: Latin American Women Writers (H)
WST 260/AH 213: Race & Gender in Popular Film (H)
WST 264/CLT 216: Women in Hispanic Film (H)
WST 271/GER 220: Sexuality & Gender (H)
WST 272/GER 272: Gender and Sexuality in the 20th Century (H)
WST 273/JPN 273: Japanese Women Writers (H)
WST 288/CLT 212: Mothers, Comrades & Whores (H)
WST 291/REL 207: Women in Early Christianity (H)
WST 339/ENG 230: Contemporary Black Women Writers (H)

Courses listed are subject to change. View all WST courses and descriptions on our master course list, or contact SBAI for up-to-date listings.

WST 103/LIN 103: Language & Sexuality (SS)
WST 206: Feminism, Gender and Health (SS)
WST 210: LGBTQ Experiences in US History (SS)
WST 249: Women, Activism, and Social Change (SS)
WST 266/CSP 267: Psychology of Gender (SS)
WST 296/HIS 314: International Human Rights (SS)

Courses listed are subject to change. View all WST courses and descriptions on our master course list, or contact SBAI for up-to-date listings.

WST 290/EDE 440: LGBTQ Issues in Education and Human Development
(Designation dependent on type of major/minor – for example if you are completing a humanities minor, this would count as social science course)


We require that all Women's Studies majors successfully complete two upper-level writing courses:

  • WST 200 - Women's Studies Colloquium
  • One of the following:
    • WST 394 - Independent study, provided that it requires substantial research, writing and revision
    • WST 396 - Research Seminar, as a writing course by arrangement with the instructor
    • Any other WST course, taken as a writing course, by arrangement with instructor

Note for double-majors: the College requires that the upper-level writing requirement be satisfied separately for EACH major.

Honors in Research

Honors in Research recognizes the completion of a distinguished honors thesis, research paper of approximately 35 pages researched and written under the direction of a faculty advisor, and approved by the faculty advisor and a second reader. It is expected that this thesis will be based on research undertaken through WST 393H or WST 394H, and completed in WST 397.

  • To graduate with honors a student must satisfy the following requirements:
  • Be a student majoring in Women’s Studies with a GPA of 3.3 or better in Women’s Studies courses completed for the major, including honors courses as listed below.
  • Successfully complete a minimum of twelve credit hours in courses designated by the department as honors courses. These courses include an advanced course or seminar in Women’s Studies (300 level or higher), preferably to be taken before the end of the junior year.
  • The following two honors courses to be taken in the senior year:  
    • Fall - either WST 393H (Independent Research) or 394H (Internship) with substantial supervised research and written work in gender and women’s studies. This research should be directed toward work in WST 397. Students will need to identify a faculty advisor with whom to work.
    • Spring - WST 397, independent honors thesis course


Organizations/Companies currently offering internships:

  • Afterimage
  • Center for Dispute Settlement
  • City Council of Rochester
  • Division of Human Rights
  • Gay Alliance of Genesee Valley
  • Image Out
  • Monroe County District Attorney’s Office
  • Perinatal Network of Monroe County
  • Planned Parenthood
  • St. Joseph’s Villa
  • Sojourner House
  • Susan B. Anthony House
  • TV Dinner/Metro Justice
  • Urban League of Rochester
  • Visual Studies Workshop (Media Center)
  • Wheatley Branch Library
  • WXXI
  • YWCA Children’s Collaborative

More information on internships can be obtained by emailing the office at

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