Sep 28, 2023  
2022-2023 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog 
2022-2023 UMaine Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Minimum number of credits required to graduate: 120

Minimum Cumulative GPA required to graduate: 2.0

Minimum Grade requirements for courses to count toward major: None.

Other GPA requirements to graduate:  2.0 for the 33 credits of required and elective courses.

Required Course(s) for fulfilling Capstone Experience: WGS 480

Courses satisfying the writing intensive requirement within the major: WGS 480

Residency requirement:  Majors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences require a minimum of 15 institutional credits in the major.

Contact Information: Elizabeth Neiman, Director, 422 Chadbourne. Hall, 207.581.3439,

The Bachelor of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality (WGS) Studies is an interdisciplinary program with faculty from a variety of academic units on campus.  Students who major in WGS are employed in law, education, business, social services, health services, and government at all levels.  WGS is also an excellent second major or minor for students majoring in a wide variety of disciplines, such as anthropology, English, history, nursing, political science, psychology, social work, and sociology.  Students can also major in International Affairs with a concentration in Global Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Issues.

WGS majors will gain a more complete understanding of how the social construction of gender has influenced the roles, contributions, and experiences of all individuals.  This understanding is coupled with a complex understanding of how gender and sexuality interact with race, social class, dis/ability, nationality, ethnicity, and other sites of social inequality. 

The requirements listed on this page are specific to this particular major. Students are also responsible for meeting any graduation requirements set by their college. Students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS) should make sure to review those requirements as stated on the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences page of the catalog. 

The major consists of 33 credits, with 15 credits in the core curriculum, 1-3 credits of internship, and 15-17 credits of electives chosen from a broad list of possible course options (of which at least 6 credits need to be at the 300- or 400- level).

Required Courses (16-18 credits):

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