Women's and Gender Studies Bachelor's Degree Overview
Students in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at The University of Toledo study the contributions, experiences, history and issues facing women in the U.S. and across the world. UT’s curriculum also explores the complexity of gender as it intersects with other identity categories and shapes our experiences.
UToledo WGST undergraduates work with advisers to tailor a program that fits their interests and goals.
Women's and gender studies is an interdisciplinary program. Students can take courses across academic departments as they explore the many facets of gender, race, class, religion, culture and more.
Women's and Gender Studies Bachelor's Degree Highlights
- Award-winning faculty. Our women’s and gender studies faculty has been lauded for teaching and advising. They are active researchers with diverse interests, including:
Sudanese politics and law
Women in Islam
African-American women poets
History of women in silent film
Women in U.S. politics
Girlhood and adolescence
- Service learning. WGST undergraduates work on events and projects in the community. They partner with faculty to organize seminars, performances and other events. Past projects include Women in the Director’s Chair (a touring, international film festival), Eating Disorders in a Disordered Culture (a public art campaign) and Take Back the Night (an anti-violence against women event).
- Emphasis on research. Every WGST class has a research component. Undergraduates have recently collaborated with the Toledo domestic violence community to perform participatory, action research in Lucas County. Students also are invited to share their research with the UT community at monthly student research showcases.
- Unique, in-depth classes. Students in the women’s and gender studies program participate in two proseminars that prepare them for professional life. A senior seminar dives deeply into topics ranging from women in the Middle East to community organizing to girlhood and adolescent studies.
- Mentor program. Faculty mentors help WGST majors explore career options and support students as they pursue long-term professional goals.
- Required internship. UToledo WGST students work with local, national and international organizations.
- Be a leader. WGST undergrads participate in national leadership conferences and workshops. The UT Feminist Leadership Alliance, a vibrant student organization, is often led by WGST majors.
Women’s and Gender Studies graduates find jobs in the public and private sectors for such employers as the President's National Security Council and women's advocacy organizations such as Planned Parenthood, in addition to local women’s advocacy groups like the YWCA and public welfare organizations like the Lucas County Children & Family Services.
WGST alumni have enrolled in law and medical school as well as graduate programs in English, higher education, theology, women's studies and more. They have been accepted at:
Bowling Green State University
Case Western Reserve University
Michigan State University
Ohio State University
University of Michigan
University of North Carolina
University of Toledo
Women's and Gender Studies Bachelor's Degree Curriculum
Our broad, multidisciplinary courses are taught by UT faculty in many departments across the university, including disability studies, law and social thought, public health, art, English, foreign languages, social work and economics.
Women’s and Gender Studies Bachelor’s Degree Sample Courses
Women in American Politics
Race, Class and Gender
Feminist Approaches to Social Problems
Internship Opportunities for Women's and Gender Studies Bachelor's Degree
WGST students have worked with local, national and international organizations, including:
- URGE, a national reproductive justice organization
- Human Rights Campaign, a national LGBTQA+ rights organization
- Bethany House, a domestic violence shelter
- Equality Toledo, a local LGBTQA+ organization