Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Pre-major

Program Coordinator: Lindsey Hewitt, 847-376-7044,

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) pre-major is recommended for students who are considering completing a Bachelor’s degree in Women and Gender Studies, as well as a wide range of secondary majors after transferring to a four-year institution. The pre-major is designed for students who have not decided upon a specific four-year college or university. Once a transfer school is selected, students are strongly encouraged to consult the Office of Advising, Transitions, and Student Success and the transfer institution’s catalog to select courses that will meet both Oakton and transfer institution requirements.

The Pre-major consists of 16 hours of dedicated coursework in the Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies curriculum, along with the completion of General Education requirements. WGSS and General Education courses may overlap. Students who are also interested in completing the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Concentrations, are required to complete an Action Project that includes 12-14 hours of engagement in a community service project that utilizes theories and concepts learned in a student’s coursework, along with the submission of a follow-up report. Students may elect to enroll in an optional 1-credit hour course in conjunction with the Action Project.

When registering for courses, students are advised to select WGSS designated course sections. For more information on course selection or program-specific advising, contact the program coordinator. General Education courses should be selected from the list of IAI General Education Courses.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Semester OneHours
EGL 101 Composition I 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (see Note 2) 1  
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies (see Note 2) 1  
Select one of the following: 4
General Education Mathematics  
Elementary Statistics  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 2, 3  
Social Problems 3, 4  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Beginning I (101) Modern Language course
 
Introductory Studio or Applied Art course: ART 105, ART 107, ART 115, or other
 
Introductory Music or Applied Music course: MUS 107, MUS 150 - MUS 169, or other
 
Introductory Performing Arts course: THE 103, THE 115, THE 135, or other
 
 Hours16-17
Semester Two
EGL 102 Composition II 3 3
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies (see Note 2) 1  
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies (see Note 2) 1  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Social and Cultural Anthropology 2, 3  
Social Problems 3, 4  
Sociology of Marriage and Family (see Note 2) 1  
Sociology of Sex and Gender (see Note 2) 1  
Select one Life Science course: 3-4
Note: At least one science course with lab is required for degree completion
 
Introduction to Life Science (lab)  
Human Genetics  
Human Genetics (lab)  
Introduction to Environmental Science (lab) 2  
Plants and Society  
Microbe and Society  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Beginning II (102) Modern Language course
 
Introductory Studio or Applied Art course: ART 105, ART 107, ART 115, or other
 
Introductory Music or Applied Music course: MUS 107, MUS 150 - MUS 169, or other
 
Introductory Performing Arts course: THE 103, THE 115, THE 135, or other
 
 Hours15-17
Second Year
Semester One
Select one of the following: 3
African-American Culture and the Arts 1, 3  
Women and Creativity (see Note 2) 1  
Asian Humanities 2  
Women, Art and Culture (see Note 2) 1  
Perspectives on Film 3, 5  
Select one of the following: 3
Introduction to Psychology  
Human Sexuality (see Note 2) 1, 5  
Introduction to Ethnic Studies 1  
Select one Physical Science course: 3-4
Note: At least one science course with lab is required for degree completion
 
Introduction to Earth Science (lab)  
Physical Geology (lab)  
Historical Geology (lab)  
Physical Geography  
Environmental Geology  
Select one of the following: 3
World Mythologies 2, 3  
Ethics 3  
World Religions 2, 3  
Select one of the following: 3-4
Intermediate I (201) Modern Language course
 
or Art, Music or Theater course not taken previously
 
 Hours15-17
Semester Two
SPE 103 Effective Speech 3
Select one of the following: 3
Sex, Gender and Health (see Note 2) 1,5  
[National/Regional] Literature 2, 3, 5  
Environmental Humanities 3  
Select one of the following: 3
Women In American History (see Note 2) 1, 5  
Women In Western Civilization (see Note 2) 5  
Select Modern Language course 202 or higher 2 4
Select one of the following: 3
Introductory Studio or Applied Art course: ART 105, ART 107, ART 115, or other
 
Introductory Music or Applied Music course: MUS 107, MUS 150 - MUS 169, or other
 
Introductory Performing Arts course: THE 103, THE 115, THE 135, or other
 
Action Project (optional) 1
 Hours16-17
 Total Hours62-68

Note 1: Pre-major is a recommended sequence and selection of courses. See Associate in Arts (A.A.) page for degree requirements. Part time students should also consult the Office of Advising, Transition, and Student Success for part-time pre-major recommendations.
Note 2: Course satisfies WGSS concentration requirements.