Women’s & Gender Studies

Starting a Major or Concentration

  • Courses required for the major in WGS include WMGST 121, WMGST 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: Theory and Methods Applicable to Studying Gender; Gender in Historical Contexts; and Gender in Global, Comparative or Diverse Contexts
  • Courses required for the concentration in WGS include WMGST 121, plus four additional courses, three of which must be at level II or III, and they must be drawn from at least three departments.
  • Approved Courses for WGS credit may be found here: https://wp.stolaf.edu/womens-gender-studies/approved-courses/

Are there courses students Must, Should, or can take their first year?

  • In Fall 2018, there is limited space in WMGST 121: Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies, but you might want to consider other courses for first-year students that count toward the major/concentration, such as History 121: The Making of Modern Russia or Sociology/Anthropology 128: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology.   WMGST 121 will be offered during Spring 2019.

Credit for previous coursework

  • 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.
  • No more than one course taken elsewhere may be counted toward the concentration.

Informational Events

  • Week One Information Sessions for WGS are scheduled between 1:30 and 4:00 pm on Monday, September 3, 2018.
  • There will be two informal gatherings of students and faculty interested in WGS, one in December and one in April.