Women's and Gender Studies

Director: P. Fowler
Professor: E. Mermann-Jozwiak
Assistant Professor: S. Diaz

The Gonzaga Women’s and Gender Studies program is an interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary program that develops the capacity of students to understand the world through diverse theories and methodologies, using gender as a central analytic component.  We seek to examine, question, and reflect on the constructions of gender and the impact these have on lived experiences of persons locally, nationally, and transnationally; to foster understanding of the intersectionality of gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, and socioeconomic class; to cultivate the ethical obligation to combat sexism, heterosexism, and other forms of discrimination; and to encourage students to respect and value difference as we work for social justice.  The program offers a twenty-one credit minor in Women’s Studies. There are three required courses: WGST 201, WGST 401, and WGST 499. Students also select four elective courses in several disciplines, including English literature, history, philosophy, political science, religious studies and sociology. A maximum of six elective credits may be lower-division courses with a WGST number. Further, a maximum of six elective credits may be component courses (“C” suffix), with the remainder of electives being full women’s studies courses. Full women’s studies courses systematically use the methods, themes, and approaches of feminist scholarship throughout the semester. In component courses, one-third to one-half of the course material addresses gender issues and/or uses feminist perspectives. A maximum of nine credits may be taken in any one discipline. WGST 401 will not be included in this count. Students should also note the policy in this catalogue on multiple use of courses for meeting degree requirements in the WGST minor and the core or major/minor.


Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies: 21 credits
Lower Division
One of the following two courses
   WGST 201 Sex, Gender, and Society
   WGST 202 Gender, Difference and Power
3 credits
WGST 200 level Electives 0-6 credits
Upper Division
WGST 300 level and above electives 6-12 credits
WGST 401 Feminist Thought 3 credits
WGST 499 Symposium 3 credits
Note: Component courses have a “C” suffix.

The core curriculum or common body of knowledge of the College of Arts and Sciences consists of 59 to 62 credits which are common to and required of all degree programs in the College: the first 31 credits (of which there is a more complete description in the General Degree Requirements and Procedures section of this catalogue) form the University Core, while the remaining 28 to 31 credits are common to all Arts and Sciences degrees.
Students should attempt to spread the core curriculum over their entire fours years at Gonzaga.

  1. Thought and Expression (7 credits): ENGL 101, SPCO 101, and PHIL 101 (preferably in the same semester).
  2. Philosophy (9 credits): PHIL 201, PHIL 301, and  PHIL  400 level elective.
  3. Religious Studies (9 credits): RELI 100, 200, and 300 levels: one course from each level.
  4. Mathematics (3 credits): one MATH (not CPSC) course on the 100 level or above; NURS 320 is substituted for a MATH course for BSN students; MATH 203 fulfills this requirement only for students who graduate with certification in Elementary Education.
  5. English Literature (3 credits): ENGL 102 or 103H or 105 or 106.
  6. History (6 credits): HIST 101 and either HIST 102 or HIST 112 in their first year. If they are unable to complete all six 100-level HIST credits in their first year, HIST 201 or 202 may be substituted for one 100-level course after the first year.
  7. Fine Arts (3 credits): one course in either VART, MUSC, or THEA from courses approved by Dean of Arts and Sciences.
  8. Laboratory Science (4 credits): one course with laboratory in either BIOL, CHEM, or PHYS.
  9. Mathematics or Natural Science (3 credits): one course in either MATH, CPSC, BIOL, CHEM, PHYS, or ITEC.
  10. Literature (3 credits): one British or American literature course (ENGL 201 - 285).
  11. Social Science (6 credits): CRIM 101, ECON, SOCI, POLS, or PSYC: two courses from these departments.
  12. Foreign Language or Culture (3 credits): one course in any foreign language (classical or modern) or one (foreign culture) course approved by the Dean of Arts and Sciences.  Foreign-language speaking students from foreign cultures who have completed the nine English core credits at Gonzaga prior to their fourth year (last thirty credits) may petition the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences for a waiver of the foreign language or Culture requirement..
  13. Social Justice (3 credits): One course on Social Justice issues related to experiences of difference (like race, class, gender, ethnicity or sexual orientation), from courses approved by the Dean of Arts & Sciences; (may be combined with other core or major requirements).