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Department of Women’s and Gender Studies

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Earning a Women’s and Gender Studies degree will teach you to examine gender and its intersections with race, class and other important social identities. Our comprehensive curriculum includes a wide variety of courses, including some that will take you out of the classroom and into the community.

What Can You Do with a Degree in Women's and Gender Studies?

Our students go on to pursue careers in fields like healthcare, law, journalism, business and more. A degree in WGST is particularly attractive to employers because it prepares you to work in an increasingly globalizing and diversifying world. In addition to our undergraduate degree, you can also pursue a minor or cognate.


The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of South Carolina promotes an understanding of the experiences of women and other underrepresented groups through a complete program of teaching, research, and service to the University, the local community, the state, the nation and the global community. Through its research mission, the program reconceptualizes knowledge, creates new knowledge, and reinterprets existing knowledge through the lens of gender and the prism of diversity. Its teaching mission is to share this knowledge with students so that they learn to think critically, to communicate effectively, to solve problems, and to interpret human experience. Emerging from an activist tradition, the program serves University, local, state, national and global communities by acting as a resource and guide for issues related to women and gender. Our research, teaching, and service missions interweave as we create, share, and apply the knowledge, skills, and values that promote the full participation of women and other underrepresented groups in society.

Looking for more specific information like what classes you’ll need to graduate, learning outcomes, and which classes we offer? The Academic Bulletin is the university’s official document of record concerning undergraduate-level academic programs and regulations. Links to the WGST Minor and BA Academic Bulletin pages can be found below.

Women’s and Gender Studies Minor

Students may minor in women’s and gender studies by completing 18 hours of specified courses.

Check the Women's and Gender Studies Minor Academic Bulletin page for more information.

Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies

A student may also pursue a major in the field through the Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in women’s and gender studies (requiring 24 hours of specified courses).

Check the Women's and Gender Studies, B.A. Academic Bulletin page  for more information.

Further information may be obtained from the College of Arts and Sciences or the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies.

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