Women and Gender Studies

  • Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science (B.A., B.S.)
  • Minor

Women and gender studies offers an interdisciplinary, liberal arts education in which students critically engage with texts, media, and theories to recognize their own social and cultural environments and to challenge prevailing ideas about privilege and inequality. Studying how categories of women, gender, and sexuality affect and are affected by our everyday lives, historical currents, and social institutions, provides students with skills that will prepare them for a wide range of careers.

Program Offerings at Grand Valley

Students who major in women and gender studies may chose a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) or a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree. Majors complete 30 credits. A minor is also available. Students who minor in WGS complete 21 credits. Visit www.gvsu.edu/wgs for more information.


Students can study a variety of topics, including:

  • Applied feminist activism
  • Community and social change
  • Critical media studies
  • Feminist theories
  • Global feminisms
  • Women and health

Career Options

WGS students can apply their education to careers in:

  • Health professions
  • Law, politics, and lobbying
  • Nonprofit organizations
  • Teaching and administration
  • Government and global nongovernmental agencies
  • Higher education leadership

Why Study Women And Gender Studies at Grand Valley?

  • Our program encourages students to develop interdisciplinary understandings and to take full advantage of cross-cultural opportunities at GVSU.
  • Students in WGS benefit from study abroad opportunities as well as individual research.
  • WGS students participate in co-curricular activities with GVSU's Women's Center, LGBT Resource Center, and Office of Multicultural Affairs.
  • Faculty members actively engage with students and foster commitment to the community through internships, service learning, and volunteering.

For More Information

Women And Gender Studies Program
(616) 331-8025

Admissions Office

GVSU's women and gender studies program was a pivotal part of my education as a university student and as a global citizen. As a student I wrote a short story without the use of gendered pronouns, interned for a feminist foundation, participated in the United Nations 53rd Commission on the Status of Women, and studied abroad in Egypt.


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