Saint Louis University's oldest academic unit offers degrees in more than 30 academic areas.
Saint Louis University's Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is open to people of all genders, with courses focusing on women, gender and sexuality across the curriculum of the humanities and social sciences and including professional schools such as nursing, law and social work.
Women’s and gender studies is the study of the human experience that places women and gender at the center of the analysis. It is an interdisciplinary field that draws from knowledge and expertise in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences. It examines how gender inequality is built into social institutions and practices, envisions more egalitarian alternatives, and studies strategies of social change.
Women’s and gender studies looks at both how gender norms vary across cultures, and how they interact with other systems of inequality, such as those based on race and class. Courses range from “Gender and Popular Culture” to “Violence Against Women;" from “Feminist Theory" to “Feminism in Action” and from “Multicultural U.S. Feminisms” to “Global Feminisms."
The bachelor's program offers engaging courses that develop students’ multicultural awareness. The program enables individuals to become more reflective about their own lives and the lives of people of all genders everywhere. Courses encourage students to serve as active citizens of the world.
Students majoring in women’s and gender studies take courses that focus on women, gender, sexuality, ethics, families and communities. Women’s and gender studies students learn skills designed to help them build communities, develop policies, and understand social relationships. Courses pay particular attention to the intersection of issues of ethnicity, class and sex, and explore how gender differences structure society. Many students choose to double major in women's and gender studies and another discipline, introducing even more questions into both fields.
All women's and gender studies majors at SLU participate in a capstone course in which they complete a project under the supervision of an individual faculty member. In this course, students have the experience of working one-on-one with a faculty member who provides special opportunities for mentoring and professional development. Students also have the option of doing an internship, locally or out of town.
Students pursue careers in social service agencies, government, corporations and educational institutions; some students go on to master’s or doctoral work in women’s and gender studies or pursue graduate work in a variety of fields, including social work and law.
Begin your application for this program at www.slu.edu/apply. Saint Louis University also accepts the Common App.
All applications are thoroughly reviewed with the highest degree of individual care and consideration to all credentials that are submitted. Solid academic performance in college preparatory course work is a primary concern in reviewing a freshman applicant’s file.
To be considered for admission to any Saint Louis University undergraduate program, the applicant must be graduating from an accredited high school, have an acceptable HiSET exam score or take the General Education Development (GED) test. Beginning with the 2021-22 academic year, undergraduate applicants will not be required to submit standardized test scores (ACT or SAT) in order to be considered for admission. Applicants will be evaluated equally, with or without submitted test scores.
Begin your application for this program at www.slu.edu/apply.
Applicants must be a graduate of an accredited high school or have an acceptable score on the GED. An official high school transcript and official test scores are required only of those students who have attempted fewer than 24 transferable semester credits (or 30 quarter credits) of college credit. Those having completed 24 or more of college credit need only submit a transcript from previously attended college(s). In reviewing a transfer applicant’s file, the office of admission holistically examines the student’s academic performance in college-level coursework as an indicator of the student’s ability to meet the academic rigors of Saint Louis University.
Begin your application for this program at www.slu.edu/apply.
All admission policies and requirements for domestic students apply to international students along with the following:
There are two principal ways to help finance a Saint Louis University education:
For priority consideration for merit-based scholarships, apply for admission by Dec. 1 and complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.
For information on other scholarships and financial aid, visit the student financial services office online at https://www.slu.edu/financial-aid.
Women's and gender studies students must complete a minimum total of 30 credits for the major.
Courses may simultaneously count for multiple majors and minors, and for core requirements. No single course can count as both a required course and an elective for the WGS major/minor.
|College core requirements||57-66|
|For additional information about core courses|
|Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies|
|Feminism in Action|
|Research Strategies in Women's and Gender Studies|
|Women's and Gender Studies Capstone|
|Feminist Theory Requirement||3|
|Philosophy of Feminism|
or WGST 3775
|Feminist Theory-Gender Justice|
Select five courses with either a WGST number, a WGST cross-listing, or a WGST attribute, such as:
|Men and Masculinities|
|Gender and Popular Culture|
|The Structure of Poverty|
|Women in Literature|
|Sex, Gender, & Christian Ethic|
|Ren & Mod Political Theories|
|Violence Against Women|
|Gender & Communication|
|Psychology of Oppression|
|Spanish Women Poets|
|Black Women in Society|
|Global & Transnational Feminism|
Students must maintain a GPA of 2.00 or above in courses for the Women’s and Gender Studies major.
|Core Components and Credits|
|Foundations of Discourse||3|
|Diversity in the U.S.||3|
Roadmaps are recommended semester-by-semester plans of study for programs and assume full-time enrollment unless otherwise noted.
Courses and milestones designated as critical (marked with !) must be completed in the semester listed to ensure a timely graduation. Transfer credit may change the roadmap.
This roadmap should not be used in the place of regular academic advising appointments. All students are encouraged to meet with their advisor/mentor each semester. Requirements, course availability and sequencing are subject to change.
|WGST 1900||Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies||3|
|UNIV 1010||Enhancing First-Year Success||1|
|WGST 3850||Feminism in Action||3|
|WGST 4010||Research Strategies in Women's and Gender Studies||3|
|WGST 3775||Feminist Theory-Gender Justice||3|
|WGST 4960||Women's and Gender Studies Capstone||3|