Why study women, gender and sexuality studies?

Because much of what people think they know about women, gender, and sex is myth.  Our department seeks to produce intellectually rigorous, analytical and creative work that embodies the perspective of gender in its local and global dimensions through teaching, research, and outreach activities.

Undergraduate Admission

Admission to KU

All students applying for admission must send high school and college transcripts to the Office of Admissions. Unless they are college transfer students with at least 24 hours of credit, prospective students must send ACT or SAT scores to the Office of Admissions. Prospective first-year students should be aware that KU has qualified admission requirements that all new first-year students must meet to be admitted. Consult the Office of Admissions for application deadlines and specific admission requirements.

Visit the Office of International Student and Scholar Services for information about international admissions.

Students considering transferring to KU may see how their college-level course work will transfer on the Office of Admissions website.

Admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Admission to the College is a different process from admission to a major field. Some CLAS departments have admission requirements. See individual department/program sections for departmental admission requirements.

Introductory Survey - Choose one of the following: (3)3
Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Introduction to Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Honors
Introduction to Human Sexuality Studies
Survey - Choose one of the following: (3)3
Health and Human Sexuality
Human Sexuality
Human Sexuality in Everyday Life
Core Social Science - Choose one of the following: (3)3
The Politics of Physical Appearance
Women and Violence
Sex and Gender in New Media
Love, Sex, and Globalization
Politics of Reproductive Policy
Conceptual Issues in Human Sexuality
Religion, Power, and Sexuality in Arab Societies
Anthropology of Sex
Health and Human Sexuality
Intimate Relationships
Human Sexuality
Sociology of Sex Roles
Gender and Society
Core Humanities - Choose one of the following: (3)3
Sex in History
Perspectives in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
Popular Culture in Africa: Spiritual Thrills, Romance and Sexualities
Black Love and Romance
Skin, Sex, and Disease
Gender, Sexuality and the Law
Sexuality and Gender in African History
Gender and Sexuality in Greek Culture
Gender and Sexuality in Roman Culture
Sexual Politics in Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Sexual Politics in Chinese Literature and Culture: Premodern Times
Love, Sexuality and Gender in Japanese Literature
Global Environmental Literature
History of Sexuality
Philosophy of Sex and Love
Religious Perspectives on Selfhood and Sexuality
Gender and Religion
Two Additional Core Courses - chosen from the Social Science and Humanities Core lists above (6)6
Capstone Seminar (3)
WGSS 601Seminar in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Spring Only)3
Methods (3)
WGSS 301Research Methods in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies (Fall Only)3
Electives - choose two from the list below (or any course from the above lists, not already satisfying a requirement above) (6)6
Studies in: _____
Independent Study
Service Learning in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Contemporary Health Issues in Africa
Introduction to Marriage and Family Relations
Psychology of Adolescence
American Identities
American Identities, Honors
American Identities, Honors
Being Deviant in America
The Anthropology of Gender: Female, Male, and Beyond
Relational Communication
The Rhetoric of Women's Rights
US Diversity in Visual Culture
History of Women and the Body
Men and Masculinities
The Body, Self and Society
Contemporary Feminist Political Theory
Politics of Identity
Stereotyping and Prejudice Across Cultures
The Psychology of Families
Loving Relationships
Sociology of Families
Health, Gender, and Society
Women and Health Care
Families and Social Inequalities

Human Sexuality Major Hours & Major GPA

While completing all required courses (above), majors must also meet each of the following hour and grade-point average minimum standards:

Major Hours
Satisfied by 30 hours of major courses.

Major Hours in Residence
Satisfied by a minimum of 15 hours of KU resident credit in the major. 

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Hours
Satisfied by a minimum of 18 hours from junior/senior courses (300+) in the major.

Major Junior/Senior (300+) Graduation GPA
Satisfied by a minimum of a 2.0 KU GPA in junior/senior courses (300+) in the major. GPA calculations include all junior/senior courses in the field of study including F’s and repeated courses. See the Semester/Cumulative GPA Calculator.

A sample 4-year plan for the BA degree in Women's Students can be found here: Human Sexuality, or by using the left-side navigation.

A sample 4-year plan for the BGS degree in Human Sexuality can be found here: Human Sexuality, or by using the left-side navigation.

Departmental Honors in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major

Summary

  • 3.25 GPA KU overall & 3.5 GPA in the WS major
  • A senior honors thesis related to WGSS written over two semesters (two three-credit courses)
  • Double majors: earn Honors in both majors with one thesis that is relevant to both programs.

GPA Requirements

Students need a 3.25 GPA overall and a 3.5 GPA in their Women's Studies major.

Honors Thesis

Student write an honors thesis that is pertinent to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. An honors thesis is a piece of original research or other project supervised by a faculty member of any department. In most cases, the result will be a written document of some length, but this could vary depending on the topic and what the student and thesis advisor agree on. A single thesis can be submitted to WGSS and to another department for Honors in both programs, if both programs agree.

The senior honors thesis or honors project must be approved by a three-member thesis committee (the thesis advisor and two other faculty members, at least one of whom must be either in WGSS or on the WGSS Advisory Board).

Students take 6 credit hours of honors thesis work (3 hours per semester for 2 semesters, earning a A or B in the first semester and a A the second. For these 6 hours, students can enroll in:

  • WGSS 499—Honors in WGSS
  • and/or
  • WGSS 498—Independent Study in WGSS
  • and/or
  • two Honors Research courses or two Independent Studies in any department


The last option would be especially relevant if the student plans to submit one honors thesis to both WGSS and another department in order to receive honors in both programs, or if the student's research advisor is not a member of the WGSS core faculty.

Typical Timeline

Junior Year (or very early in the first semester of the student's last year): Select a topic for a thesis; talk to professors about ideas; find a professor willing to supervise the thesis. Inform the WGSS Honors Coordinator!

First Semester of the Last Year: Enroll in 3 credit hours of WGSS 498 or WGSS 499 or in an Independent Study of another department. Begin researching the thesis topic. The student and thesis advisor should form a three-person faculty committee (the thesis advisor and two other faculty members, at least one of whom must be either in WGSS or on the WGSS Advisory Board). Submit an Honors Intent Form by 1 March to College Advising and Student Services, 109 Strong.

Second Semester of the Last Year: Enroll in 3 credit hours of WGSS 498 or WGSS 499 or in an Independent Study of another department. Finish the thesis. Have the thesis committee read the thesis and vote to award Honors (or not). If the thesis is passed, the thesis advisor needs to sign the Honors Certification Form, which can be obtained by the student in the College Advising and Student Services office, 109 Strong; after the advisor signs this form, it is then submitted back to the College Advising and Student Services, 109 Strong, at least a week before the end of the graduation term. The thesis advisor should also notify the Honors Coordinator of the result.

Double Majors: Students who are satisfying double majors and pursuing Honors in both majors may use one honors thesis for both majors if they get approval from both departments. The thesis must be related to both majors, and the thesis committee must include faculty members from both departments. Students must fulfill both departments' requirements for honors.