Women's and Gender Studies, BA

Bachelor of Arts Degree in Women and Gender Studies

University of Nebraska at Omaha

  • Fully Online
  • 120
  • $259.00
  • $452.00

Program Overview

The online Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS), BA empowers you as you learn and grow through collaboration with co-students and faculty. You’ll study women’s lives and all constructions of gender and sexuality across time, place and culture, using a feminist lens.

You’ll learn while you prepare for life after graduation with a challenging and flexible curriculum, internships and independent study. If you’re interested in gender and health, you’ll take different courses from someone interested in art and feminism, for example.

In WGS courses, you’ll discuss questions such as:

  • Why is there a gender wage gap?
  • Where are the LGBTQIA+ folx?
  • Why have men called masculinity a public health crisis?

Most fields of study today include women, gender, and sexuality to an extent: The WGS major makes them the focus. You will learn to employ the tools of different disciplines, including communication, the arts, social sciences, natural sciences and history.

WGS is a Liberal Arts degree. Liberal Arts majors make great employees in any field because of their ability to communicate effectively, think critically and solve complex problems. These timeless skills make you attractive to employers in all areas of society.

Career Outlook: As a WGS graduate, you’ll be able to solve problems that arise when different notions of gender or sexuality collide in homes, workplaces and communities. You will be able to articulate the value of diverse perspectives grounded in different lived experiences and can help to identify common ground. Specifically, as a WGS major, you’ll find yourself able to pursue careers such as:

  • Academic advisor
  • Non-profit fundraising director
  • Health clinic coordinator
  • Homeless shelter director
  • Educator
  • Counselor
  • Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence shelter manager
  • Student advisor
  • Non-profit program manager

Knowledge about feminist perspectives and the differences that gender and sexuality make to peoples’ lives are important to individuals, families, businesses and organizations, communities and nations. After graduation, you’ll be prepared for many opportunities. As a Women’s and Gender Studies major, you’ll change lives and change the world!

Admissions and Requirements

To be accepted to this program, you must have:

  1. High School Diploma

  2. Official transcripts from all previous schools

To apply to this program:

  1. Complete the online application for admissions
  2. Pay the $45 non-refundable application fee
  3. Submit official transcripts

Courses You’ll Take

Course Information

To obtain a Women and Gender Studies, BA, a student must fulfill the university, college and departmental requirements. Some courses may satisfy requirement in more than one area, but credit is awarded only once, thereby reducing the total number of credit hours for the degree to 120. (This total does not include prerequisites.) 40-46 hours of university General Education courses; (9 hours of which can be satisfied by courses in the required areas below); 12-19 hours of College of Arts and Sciences requirements; 16 hours of Foreign Language or American Sign Language courses; 33 hours of Women’s and Gender Studies courses; 6-19 hours of elective/prerequisite courses

Core Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
WSTD 420Senior Seminar in Women's Studies3
This course will allow students to pursue their major field of study in relation to women's studies. Under faculty direction, students will read independently, research, and write on a topic of interest. The seminar will meet to share research and to explore the larger issues of feminist theory. Prerequisite: WSTD 220
WGST 2010Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: Social and Behavioral Science3
A survey course which explores social science perspectives on women, men, and gender, including the biological contribution to human behavior and the impact of science as an institution. Examines challenges to traditional definitions of women's place and movements for change. Includes historical and multicultural materials.
WGST 2020Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies: Humanities3
An introduction to women's and gender studies in the humanities (literature, art, dance, music, theatre, philosophy). Explores both historical and contemporary images of women in these fields; discusses the context in which these images developed. Introduces the basic concepts and terminology of women's and gender studies.
Select one of the following: 3 - 5
PSYC 3130 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences | SOC 2130 Social Statistics | STAT 3000 Statistics Methods I | MATH 1530 Introduction to Applied Probability and Statistics | PA 3000 Applied Statistics and Data Processing in Public Sector | BSAD 2130 Principles of Business Statistics | MATH 1320 Pre-Calculus Algebra | MATH 1330 Trigonometry | MATH 1340 Algebra and Trigonometry for Calculus | MATH 1930 Calculus for the Managerial, Life and Social Sciences | MATH 1940 Calculus for Biomedicine | PHIL 2010 Symbolic Logic | CIST 1400 Introduction to Computer Science | ACCT 2010 Principles of Accounting I

Elective Courses

Course NumberCourse NameCredits
WSTD 499Special Topics in Women's Studies1
Topics are studied which are not assigned or covered in other Women's Studies courses. The format of this course will vary depending on the topic, instructor and the needs of the students. 1-3 credits Total Credits Allowed: 3.00 Prerequisite: WSTD 220 or permission of instructor
SOWK 8880Topical Seminar in Social Work3
Specific seminar topics will focus on advanced content in social work theory and practice. The course description will be announced when a specific topical seminar is proposed. The topics selected will be consistent with School of Social Work program objectives, faculty expertise and student needs.
SOC 4800Contemporary Topics in Sociology3
This course reviews research and writing in an area which is of current interest in the field of sociology. The specific topic(s) to be covered will be announced at the time the course is being offered. Since the topic will vary, students may elect to take this course more than once.
WGST 4120Black Women Leaders of Liberation Movements3
This course studies scholarship on race, gender, and leadership with a specific focus on African and African descended women's roles in liberation movements in the U.S. and worldwide. Especial focus will be on the use of their personal narratives to analyze the wide range of ideas in the conception and execution of leadership.
SOC 2800Major Social Issues3
The course examines a major social issue with readings and required materials designed for non-majors. The specific topic will vary from semester to semester. Students may take the course more than once. Prereq: SOC 1010
GERO 4550Health Aspects of Aging3
This course emphasizes health promotion for older adults. Special health needs of older Americans are compared and contrasted with health needs for other age groups. Prevention or delaying of chronic diseases and disorders are emphasized. Prerequisites: Six hours of health or permission of instructor.
WGST/BLST 1950Black Women in America3
Examines the evolution of the social, economic, and political status of the black woman in this society, with special emphasis on her struggle for freedom and equality.
WGST 2030Introductory Topics in Women's Studies3
This course offers an introductory level course in Women's Studies from a topics approach. The content will vary from semester to semester, according to instructor.
WGST/ENGL 3000Special Topics in Literature3
A study of designated specific topics in literature.
WGST 3020Perspectives on Leadership3
This course studies scholarship on and the practices of gender and leadership for undergraduate students. It is a service-learning course.
WGST 3120/RELI 3130Women and the Bible3
This course explores the characterization of women in Hebrew and Christian scriptures as well as what we can learn about the lives of women in the ancient world from these and other sources. Attention is also given to the reception and use of these texts in later historical periods including contemporary religious contexts.
WGST/PHHB 3080Health Concepts of Sexual Development3
An examination of factors influencing sexual development. Emphasis is given to topics pertinent to healthful living in today's culturally diverse, global society.
WGST/PSCI 3130Women and Politics (WGST/PSCI 3130)3
This course introduces students to women's political participation, including holding elective office, socialization, the feminist movement and its opposition, and public policies with particular impact on women. The focus is on contemporary perspectives on women in American political ideas and behavior.
WGST/CRCJ 3390Women, Crime and Justice3
This course focuses on women's experiences in the criminal justice system. The course will examine women's experiences as victims of crime, as offenders, as prisoners, and as criminal justice professionals
WGST 3490Gender and Philosophy (WGST 3490)3
This course examines philosophical arguments concerning gender and sexual difference, gender issues and women in the history of philosophy, and major views in feminist theory.
WGST 3750Gender and Communication (WGST 3750)3
This course provides a survey of literature on communication about, by, and between women and men in society, personal relationships, and organizations. Students develop an understanding of how cultural meanings of gender both shape and are shaped by communication.
WGST 4020Internship in Women's Studies (WGST 4020)1 - 6
A faculty-supervised project involving part-time employment or service with a community agency, business, non-profit organization, university or other educational unit, or another appropriate organization or setting. Students will gain relevant practical experience and will integrate theory, concepts, and empirical knowledge from their classrooms with their work in the internship setting.
WGST 4030Personal Leadership (WGST 4030)3
In addition to a survey of leadership styles and theories, this course provides historical and contemporary perspectives of gender and leadership, barriers to women's leadership, bias, and discrimination. Individual leadership is examined within the context of being a change agent. This is a service learning course.
WGST 4060History of Women in America from 1875-1922 (WGST 4060)3
This course examines the history of women in the United States from 1875 to 1992. Topics include law, work, sexuality and reproduction, immigration, civil rights, political participation and party politics, and changes to the American gender system, including family structure and employment.
WGST 4150Geography, Gender and Entrepreneurship (WGST 4150)3
An advanced seminar focused on links among geography, gender and work, emphasizing leadership and entrepreneurship. The course considers theory and method in addition to empirical work. The nature of space, of gender, and of work, are examined. Topics include the gendering of work, the geography of entrepreneurship, gender and leadership.
WGST 4250Introduction to Women's Studies in Literature (WGST 4250)3
A critical study of literature by and about women in which students learn about contributions of women to literature, ask what literature reveals about the identity and roles of women in various contexts, and evaluates standard interpretations from the perspectives of current research and individual experience.
WGST 4260Women of Color Writers (WGST 4260)3
Women of Color writers is designed to introduce students to the multiculture, literacy experience and contributions of women of color writers. The course will elucidate the multi-ethic and feminist/womanist perspectives reflected in literary works by examining the themes, motifs and idoms used to portray woman. The course examines critically the implications and conceptual grounds of literary study which have been based almost entirely on male literary experiences.
WGST 4930Special Topics in Gender and Art History (WGST 4930)1 - 3
An illustrated lecture course dealing with a limited topic in the field of art history. The course may be coordinated with an external event such as an exhibition, publication or study trip.
WGST 4960Topics in Language and Literature (WGST 4960)3
Specific subjects (when offered) appear in class schedules. Complete syllabi available in English Department.
BLST 2210The Black Family in the United States (BLST 2210)3
Analysis of historical, social, and institutional and comparative elements of family life in the United States with particular emphasis on social science theory.
ENGL 2000Topics in Language and Literature (ENGL 2000)3
A variety of topics primarily for the non-major. (For example, this course might study the image of the American businessman in American literature.) One or two such topics may be offered each term, depending upon current student interest and available faculty. Students should consult each term's class schedule in order to determine the specific topics for that term.
ENGL 2230Ethnic Literature (ENGL 2230)3
An introduction to the literature of Native Americans, black Americans, Hispanic Americans (Chicanos, Puerto Ricans or Cubans), and Asian Americans (Chinese and Japanese). Explains and defines cultural terms and practices, and attempts to prepare students for multicultural living.
GDRH 2120Core Topics in Social Sciences: Social Issues (GDRH 2120)3
This course uses the methods of the social sciences to help students understand social issues facing our society such as health care, aging, poverty, crime, the environment, racial and ethnic diversity, the economy, and education. Students are challenged to think critically and imaginatively about social problems and how the issues affect local, national, and global communities.
GDRH 3010Special Topics Seminar (GDRH 3010)1 - 3
The content of this topical seminar varies each semester. May be repeated as long as the topic is not the same.
PHHB 4700Women's Health and Issues of Diversity (PHHB 4700)3
This course provides a critical understanding of the inter-relationship between socio-cultural, economic, and political factors and women's physical and mental health. The aim is to provide an overview of the experience with the health care system. Emphasis will be on critically examining recent scholarship from a sociological, behavioral, health policy perspective.

Tuition & Fees

Nebraska Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours


Out of State Residents

Per Credit Hour


3 Credit Hours

About Faculty

University of Nebraska online courses are taught by expert faculty who embody the qualities resulting from research experience and professional/field experience. Students learn from faculty with a variety of backgrounds, many of whom are published researchers in their fields. NU faculty who teach online do so in a way that optimizes learning within the online modality and because technology enables students to access education they may otherwise may not be able to pursue.

Application Deadlines
  • Fall SemesterAug 01
  • Spring SemesterDec 01
  • Summer SessionJul 01