Programs in Women's and Gender Studies

Saint Louis University's women's and gender studies department is open to people of all genders. Courses focus on women and gender across a range of subjects in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as professional schools such as nursing, law and social work.

Undergraduate Major Requirements

Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies at SLU must complete 30 credit hours. This includes 15 credit hours of required courses, including Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies, Feminism in Action, Feminist Theory or Feminist Philosophy, Methods and a three-credit capstone course.

The remaining 15 credit hours can be drawn from a variety of cross-listed courses. Often these courses simultaneously fulfill requirements for the University's core curriculum and the women's and gender studies degree.

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Undergraduate Minor Requirements

To complete SLU's minor in women's and gender studies, you must complete the three-credit hour Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies course and one of the following courses: Feminism in Action, Feminist Theory, Feminist Philosophy, Methods or the capstone course.

The remaining 12 credit hours can be drawn from a variety of cross-listed courses. Often these courses simultaneously fulfill requirements for the University's core curriculum and the women's and gender studies minor.

Accelerated Bachelor to Master’s Program Requirements

Undergraduates at Saint Louis University can complete our accelerated bachelor’s-to-master’s program by taking six credit hours in graduate courses in their senior year that count for both the bachelor’s and master’s requirements. At the end of the five-year program, students will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies.

Graduate Program Requirements

SLU’s Master of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies requires completion of 30 credit hours. Graduate work will develop your ability to analyze social inequality and advanced theory in gender studies.

You’ll gain strong research and writing skills, as well as the knowledge that will enable you to communicate with diverse audiences, inspire social action and develop initiatives for change. You will develop a curriculum plan for your area of specialization and a capstone project in consultation with the director of graduate studies.

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Graduate Minor Requirements

SLU’s graduate minor in women’s and gender studies requires nine credit hours, including Feminist Theory and Feminist Epistemologies, along with one other cross-listed course.