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What is Women's and Gender Studies?

OU's Women's and Gender Studies Program is the only program of higher education in Oklahoma that offers a major in Women's and Gender Studies.

The Women's and Gender Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that seeks to enhance students' knowledge of gender roles and relations across cultures and history. Courses investigate the intersection of gender and such diverse phenomena as politics, religion, society, economics, war, communication, music, art, family life and popular culture. Our 68 faculty members come from numerous departments across the university. Women's and Gender Studies students learn a variety of marketable skills including critical thinking, writing, public speaking, organization, conflict resolution, diversity training and project design. The interdisciplinary and global perspective that students gain in the Women's and Gender Studies Program will enable them to achieve their highest potential in their chosen field of study and as citizens of the global community. Majors and minors will be well-prepared and sought after for work in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, social help agencies, human rights advocacy, victim's advocacy as well as graduate study in law, medicine, human relations, education, business, information science, communications, fine arts, public health or academic research.

So, what's my degree?

A Women's and Gender Studies student graduates with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Also offered are a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, a minor in Social Justice and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Do my interests fit?

Women's and Gender Studies students typically have interests in:

  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • History
  • Literature
  • Economics
  • Science
  • Health
  • Art 
  • Politics

What courses will I take?

Women's and Gender Studies courses can include:

  • Intro to Women's and Gender Studies
  • African American Women
  • Women in Ancient Greece
  • Medieval Women
  • History of American Women
  • Women and Gender in South Asia
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Men and Masculinity
  • Women and Religion
  • Women in Contemporary Art

Wait, I can have a minor?

Women's and Gender Studies students may want to consider these minors:

  • Journalism
  • Public Relations
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • History
  • Art
  • Political Science

How can I study abroad?

OU has numerous study abroad opportunities for students of all majors. Whether you want to take electives, lower-division courses, or major requirements, be sure to check out what education abroad opportunities are available to you through the College of International Studies. 

What kind of career could I pursue?

Nonprofit organizations
Government agencies
Public and private schools
Health care providers
Social worker
Legislator
Lawyer
Sociologist
Professor
Counselor

How much will I make?

Visit the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ website to explore the median pay for jobs you can pursue with this degree. 

Contact Us

Women's and Gender Studies Program
Phone: (405) 325-2205
Email: jill.irvine@ou.edu
Website: wgs.ou.edu