About the Major and the Concentration

Requirements for the Major

A major in Women’s & Gender Studies consists of nine credits, with these criteria:

1.  Women’s & Gender Studies 121, Women’s & Gender Studies 399 (to be taken in the spring of the senior year), plus seven additional courses, one of which must be at Level III.  These seven courses shall include at least one course from each of the following areas:

Some courses apply in more than one of these areas. One course may fulfill only one area.

2.  One course must focus on women’s lived experiences.

3.  Students may count no more than two courses from other institutions toward the major. With the approval of the instructor and the Director of Women’s & Gender Studies, majors may also apply courses taken at St. Olaf that are not designated as Women’s and Gender Studies courses. These processes require a completed contract.

Requirements for the Concentration

Many students enhance their work in a major through an interdisciplinary focus on women and gender. A concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies consists of Women’s and Gender Studies 121 and four additional courses, three of which must be at level II or III, drawn from at least three departments.

Students may count no more than one course from another institution toward the concentration. With the approval of the instructor and the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, concentrators may also apply courses taken at St. Olaf that are not designated as Women’s and Gender Studies courses. These processes require a completed contract. Students who apply partial-credit courses toward the concentration must still complete the minimum number of required credits.