Oct 16, 2019  
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED BULLETIN]

Women’s and Gender Studies, B.A.

Dennis Denisoff, English
Jan Wilson, History

The program in women’s and gender studies at The University of Tulsa considers how gender and other intersecting factors, such as race, class, culture, sexuality, and age, have worked to shape the life experiences of people from diverse backgrounds. The program analyzes the contemporary and historical factors that underlie the current statuses of diverse individuals from all parts of the world and explores the various means by which people have sought to achieve equality.

The program’s dual emphases on interdisciplinary and intersectionality offer students analytical frameworks and methodological tools with which to understand people’s life experiences, interactions, and economic and social institutions. Courses promote awareness and knowledge of status-based oppression, people’s interrelationships, and the ways in which civil rights movements throughout history have struggled for equity. The program seeks to contribute to changing the attitudes and practices that either silence people’s voices or that work to devalue, marginalize, or subordinate certain people’s choices and life experiences. The Bachelor of Arts degree is offered in this area.

The women’s and gender studies program also offers an accelerated master’s degree  with a 4+1 program of study. Only students who plan to major in the women’s and gender studies program will be admitted into the accelerated master’s program.

Learning Objectives

Students will:

  1. Develop an understanding of how genders and sexualities - including their diversity and intersectionality - impact the politics and ethics of societies and individuals (including community activists and professionals in the field).
  2. Demonstrate understanding of women’s lives in a global context, including histories of feminist,women’s and sexuality movements, and the ethics behind these movements.
  3. Understand feminist, gender, and sexuality theory and use such theory in analyzing texts and in communicating.
  4. Demonstrate the ability to think critically, engage in constructive discussion, and write and speak clearly and effectively.
  5. Attain skills and experiences of benefit to professional and volunteer positions.

Tulsa Curriculum Requirements (53 hours)

General Curriculum (25 hours)****

  • Block I Aesthetic Inquiry and Creative Experience (6 hours)
  • Block II Historical and Social Interpretation (12 hours)
  • Block III Scientific Investigation (7 hours including one lab)


*AS 1001  is required for freshmen matriculating at TU immediately after graduating from high school.

**AS 2001  is required for sophomores.

***Language requirement may vary depending upon placement.

****No more than two courses from any one discipline may be used to fulfill General Curriculum requirements. Two courses must be taken which meet the Cultural Diversity and Gender Studies  requirement.

Some students may be required to take ENGL 1004 Introduction to College Writing  and MATH 1053 College Algebra .

Major Requirements (30 Hours)

The women’s and gender studies major requires a minimum of 30 hours of coursework, six hours in the women’s and gender studies core and 24 hours in women’s and gender studies electives. Courses from at least three disciplines must be included in the elective credits, and 18 hours must be six courses at or above the 3000 level. Special topics courses and other variable content courses may be counted toward elective course requirements with the approval of the women’s and gender studies governing board. The capstone to the major is the senior project (a College requirement).

Women’s and Gender Studies Electives

Majors choose 24 hours.  Minors choose 6 hours.

Minor (12-15 hours)

General Electives (26-29 hours)

Total: 124 hours