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Women’s & Gender Studies Programs

Women’s and gender studies examines how gender and other intersecting factors such as race, class, culture, sexuality and age have shaped the life experiences of women and men from diverse backgrounds. TU’s program analyzes how contemporary and historical dynamics impact women and men while exploring ways in which they seek equality.

TU’s interdisciplinary curriculum requirements provide students with analytical frameworks and methodological tools to understand life experiences, human interactions, and economic and social institutions.

By promoting awareness and knowledge of status-based oppression, interrelationships and ways in which historical civil rights movements have struggled for equality, TU seeks to change attitudes and practices that silence voices or devalue people’s choices and life experiences. Students may major or minor in women’s and gender studies or pursue a dual bachelor of arts/master of arts degree. All students must complete the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences core and general curriculum standards. Those who major in the program are required to complete at least 30 hours of coursework, 6 hours of women’s and gender studies classes and 24 hours of electives, followed by a capstone senior project. The minor includes 12 hours of program-related courses.

STUDENT OUTCOMES

Many women’s organizations hire experts in women’s and gender studies; and professionals in law, medicine, social work, teaching and counseling seek expertise in gender issues. Recent graduates have pursued jobs in diverse career settings such as AmeriCorps, Teach for America, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, Counseling & Recovery Services of Oklahoma, U.S. Marine Corps and Tulsa Family & Children’s Services.

Program Objectives

1. Develop an understanding of how genders and sexualities – including their diversity and intersectionality – impact the politics and ethics of societies and individuals (including community activists and professionals in the field).
2. Demonstrate understanding of women’s lives in a global context, including histories of feminist, women’s and sexuality movements, and the ethics behind these movements.
3. Understand feminist, gender, and sexuality theory and use such theory in analyzing texts and in communicating.
4. Demonstrate the ability to think critically, engage in constructive discussion, and write and speak clearly and effectively.
5. Attain skills and experiences of benefit to professional and volunteer positions

Degree Options

Women’s and Gender Studies, B.A.

Interdisciplinary program considers how gender and other factors, such as race, class, culture, sexuality, and age, have worked to shape the life experiences.


Women’s and Gender Studies Minor

Non-majors interested in learning more about women’s and gender studies are encouraged to add it to their degree program as a minor.


Women’s and Gender Studies, Accelerated Master’s

A combined Bachelor of Art/Master of Art degree is offered and can be completed in five years.

Typical Four Year Schedule
FRESHMAN – FALL SEMESTER FRESHMAN – SPRING SEMESTER
Exposition and Argumentation* Block I – Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
Beginning Language I** Beginning Language II
Block I – Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience Block II – Historical and Social Interpretation
Block II – Historical and Social Interpretation Block III – Scientific Investigation
Freshman Experience General Elective
SOPHOMORE – FALL SEMESTER SOPHOMORE – SPRING SEMESTER
Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies WGS Elective (2000 Level, Inequality in Am. Society)
Block II – Historical and Social Interpretation Block I – Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience
Block III – Scientific Investigation + lab Mathematics with Applications+
Intermediate Language I Intermediate Language II
General Elective General Elective
JUNIOR – FALL SEMESTER JUNIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Feminist Theory WGS Elective (3000, History of Women from 1900s)
WGS Elective (3000, History of Women to 1900) WGS Elective (3000, Gender Across Culture)
WGS Elective (3000, Psychology of Diversity) Minor
Minor Minor (Upper Division)
Block II – Social and Historical Interpretation General Elective
SENIOR – FALL SEMESTER SENIOR – SPRING SEMESTER
Senior Project WGS Elective (3000, Sociology of Sexuality)
Minor (Upper Division) WGS Elective (3000, Psychology of Women)
WGS Elective (3000“, Vampire in American Culture) General Elective
General Elective General Elective
General Elective General Elective

*Based on ACT or SAT scores in English, some students may be placed in Introduction to College Writing as
a prerequisite course.
**Placement at a higher level will be determined by college placement exams.
+Based on ACT or SAT scores in math or on the university math placement test, College Algebra may be a
prerequisite for some.

Contact the Directors

Meet the Co-Directors of the Women’s & Gender Studies Program: McFarlin Professor of English Dennis Denisoff and Wellspring Associate Professor of History Jan Wilson.