Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Major - Bachelor of Science (BS)

Race, gender, and sexuality studies (RGSS) is an interdisciplinary program that helps students understand the enormous diversity of the U.S. and a globalizing world, and the structures of inequality on the basis of race, gender, sexuality, and social class that shape this world. We study and teach about the lives of people of all gender and racial identities.   

Students uncover hidden histories that include experiences of discrimination and marginalization, as well as of resilience, resistance, and coalition building. We study how social change works and what social justice might look like. 

In RGSS, we work with students to develop research and communication skills to help students creatively use the knowledge and practices of our discipline, preparing them for careers, advanced degrees, and engaged citizenship.

(All colleges)

33 credits (24 credits must be 300/400-level)

Courses may not count in more than one category.


Category I: Introductory
RGS 100Race, Gender, Sexuality, and Class3
Category II: Theory and practice
RGS 377Critical Research and Advocacy Methods3
Select one of the following:3
Indigenous and Postcolonial Feminisms
Anti-Colonial Theory and Movements
Objectively Biased: Knowledge Systems as Power Systems
Category III: Senior seminar
RGS 490RGSS Senior Capstone3
Category IV: Electives
Select 21 credits from the courses listed below (a maximum of three credits may be taken from the additional electives list):21
Introduction to LGBT Studies
Introduction to Social Justice
Independent Study in Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Women and Gender in the Modern United States: 1890-Present
History of Motherhood in the United States
Ethnic, Racial, and Gender Stereotypes in the Media
Justice and Film
Music of Black America
Topics in Queer Studies
Race, Gender, and Sport
Gender, Sexuality, and Social Change in Religion
Indigenous Thought
Violence and Gender
Sexual and Racial Violence in the United States
Identity-Based Violence Prevention
Topics in Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Indigenous and Postcolonial Feminisms
Anti-Colonial Theory and Movements
Globalization, Women, and Work
Objectively Biased: Knowledge Systems as Power Systems
Gender, Race, and Leadership
Asian American Studies in Race, Gender, and Sexuality
The Disability Experience in the Contemporary World
Hip Hop Culture, Race, and Gender
Indigenous Peoples and the Environment
Gender and Human Rights
Poverty as Public Policy
20th Century Civil Rights Movement
Internship in Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Additional electives:
Anthropology of Childhood and Youth
Hmong Americans
History of Women in the Ancient World
Art and Gender
Intercultural Communication
Gender Communication
Communication and Race
Media and Sexuality
Communication, Media and Identity
Women in the U.S. Economy
Multicultural Literature of the United States
Literature of Black America
African American Authors
Women and Popular Culture
Literature of American Ethnic and Minority Cultures
Women Authors
Women's Health Issues
Sexual Health Promotion
Native American History
Latinos in the United States: 1450-2000
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin America
Women in South Asia
Women and Gender in the Middle East
Multicultural Philosophy in the United States
Philosophy of Love, Sex and Friendship
Identity Politics
Cross-Cultural Psychology
Culture and Mental Health
Human Sexuality
Psychology of Women
Men and Masculinities
Multicultural Counseling
Racism and Oppression
Prejudice and Stigma
Sociological Aspects of Work and Life
Sociology of Gender
Fat Studies and Body Politics
Multicultural U.S. Drama and Theory
At least one course taken within the major must be a transnational course:
Gender, Sexuality, and Social Change in Religion
Anti-Colonial Theory and Movements
Globalization, Women, and Work
Gender and Human Rights
History of Women in the Ancient World
Women, Gender and Sexuality in Modern Europe
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin America
Women in South Asia
Women and Gender in the Middle East
Total Credits33

 No more than six credits can count for the race, gender, and sexuality studies major and another major or minor.

All students must complete the general education, college core, major/minor, and university degree requirements in order to qualify for a degree. The easiest way to track all of these requirements is to refer to the Advisement Report (AR) found in the Student Information System (WINGS) Student Center. All enrolled students have access to the AR. 

College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities (CASSH/VPA) Bachelor of Science core requirements

The CASSH core provides opportunities for students to deepen their knowledge by taking courses in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and/or sciences beyond the requirements of general education. Students may select from courses offered by the full range of academic departments within the college according to their interests. The college core allows students to build their critical thinking, communication, problem solving, teamwork, and global competencies through in-depth exploration of topics of their choosing.

The following conditions apply to one or both Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees:

  1. Students majoring in English (writing and rhetoric or literary and cultural studies emphases) or in the department of global cultures and languages must earn a Bachelor of Arts degree. Education majors earn a Bachelor of Science degree; English major: medical professions emphasis majors may earn a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree.
  2. Students majoring in other CASSH programs may choose either a B.A. or a B.S. degree.
  3. Language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) used to fulfill the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2) may also be used to meet the B.A. and B.S. language requirements.
  4. At least one course in the degree must be a CASSH designated diversity course.
  5. All other courses used to meet the requirements below must be in addition to the minimum 42 credits required in the General Education Program.
  6. Applicable courses may be found on the CASSH B.A./B.S. Degree Option Course List or in the Advisement Report (AR) when the degree has been declared.

Courses used to fulfill general education requirements will not apply to core requirements except for language courses (ARA, CHI, FRE, GCL, GER, HMG, JPN, RUS, SPA) that count in the general education requirement: "Mathematical/logical systems and modern languages" (GE 02, category 2).

Bachelor of Science students complete four courses outside the department of the student's major as follows:

  1. A lab science course (from the general education list); and
  2. A social science course; and
  3. Another social science or general education natural science, or math course, or an approved CASSH alternative (ENV 101, PHL 334, PHL 339); and
  4. One additional course in humanities or fine arts or complete a global cultures and languages course 102 level or higher.
In addition to all other College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities core requirements, all students in CASSH must complete a second major, minor, or individualized option by satisfying one of the following:
  1. Complete a minor (or two certificates with at least 12 combined credits at the 300/400 level or a second major) outside of the student's major program, consisting of at least 18 credits; or
  2. Complete an emphasis, program or concentration of at least 18 credits outside the student's major program. General education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements; or
  3. Complete an individualized option, consisting of 18 credits. At least 12 credits must be earned at the 300/400 level outside the major department. The remaining six credits may consist of:
    1. 100 level or higher courses outside the major (general education courses may apply provided they are not being used to fulfill minimum general education requirements); or
    2. 300/400 level courses inside the major department not being used to fulfill major requirements.

Baccalaureate degree requirements

Candidates for the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degrees must accomplish the following:

  1. Fulfill the general education requirements.
  2. Complete at least one ethnic studies (diversity) course.
  3. Complete the courses prescribed by the Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for the degree desired in the respective school or college.
  4. Earn a minimum of 120 semester credits with at least a 2.00 cumulative GPA.1, 2
  5. At least 40 credits must be earned in 300/400 level courses. Transfer courses earned or transferred at the 300/400 level apply to this requirement.
  6. Complete major and minor requirements with at least a 2.00 GPA1, 2 in each major and minor (and concentration or emphasis, if selected).
  7. A minimum of 30 semester credits in residence at UWL is required for graduation. (See undergraduate resident requirement.)
  8. Submit an application for graduation via the "Apply for Graduation" link in the WINGS Student Center as soon as the student has registered for his or her final semester or summer term in residence. December and winter intersession graduates should apply by May 1. May and summer graduates should apply by December 1.

Grade point average requirements for some programs will be considerably higher than 2.00. Re-entering students may be required to earn credits in excess of the 120 needed for graduation in any curriculum in order to replace credits earned in courses in which the content has changed substantially in recent years. Each case will be judged on its own merit.


The grade point average recorded at the time the degree is awarded will not be affected by future enrollment.

No degree will be awarded unless all requirements are fulfilled and recorded within 30 days after the official ending date of each term.

Below is a sample degree plan that can be used as a guide to identify courses required to fulfill the major and other requirements needed for degree completion. A student's actual degree plan may differ depending on the course of study selected (second major, minor, etc.). Also, this sample plan assumes readiness for each course and/or major plan, and some courses may not be offered every term. Review the course descriptions or the class timetable for course offering information.

The sample degree plans represented in this catalog are intended for first-year students entering UWL in the fall term. Students should use the Advisement Report (AR) in WINGS and work closely with their faculty advisor(s) and college dean’s office to ensure declaration and completion of all requirements in a timely manner.

General Education Program
The general education curriculum (Gen Ed) is the common educational experience for all undergraduates at UWL. Sample degree plans include Gen Ed placeholders to ensure completion of the general education requirements. Courses may be rearranged to fit the needs or recommendations of the student’s program of study. Gen Ed courses may be taken during winter term (January between the semesters) and summer to reduce the course load during regular terms (fall and spring). Students should consult with their advisor and/or the college academic services director in their college/school for assistance with course and schedule planning. Refer to the general education requirements for more specific details.

At least 40 credits of the 120 credits required must be earned at the 300/400-level. 

Note: New students and transfer students with less than 12 credits earned are required to take FYS 100 First-Year Seminar (3 cr.) during one of their first two semesters at UWL.

This sample degree plan does not establish a contractual agreement. It identifies the minimum requirements a student must successfully complete, to qualify for a degree, in a format intended to assist the student in planning their academic career. Actual degree plans may differ.

Year 1
RGS 1003CST 110 (Gen Ed Literacy-Oral)3
Gen Ed Math4Gen Ed Global Studies3
ENG 110 or 112 (Gen Ed Literacy-Written)3RGS Elective Course3
Gen Ed Arts2-3Gen Ed Arts2-3
FYS 100 (Gen Ed First-Year Seminar)3Gen Ed Natural Lab Science4
 15 15
Year 2
Gen Ed Health & Well-Being3RGS 335, 336, or 3403
CASSH Core Course3Gen Ed Lang/Logical Systems3-4
Gen Ed Self & Society3University Elective3
RGS 300/400-Level Elective Course3Minor Course3
RGS Elective Course3Gen Ed World History3
 15 15
Year 3
RGS 3773Minor Course3
University Elective3Minor Course3
CASSH Core Course - Natural Lab Science3University Elective3
Minor Course3RGS 300/400-Level Elective Course3
RGS 300/400-Level Elective Course3Gen Ed Humanistic Studies3
 15 15
Year 4
RGS 300/400-Level Elective Course3RGS 4903
University Elective3Minor Course3
Minor Course3CASSH Core Course3
CASSH Core Course3University Elective3
CASSH Core Diversity Course3RGS 300/400-Level Elective Course3
 15 15
Total Credits: 120

At least one course taken in the major must be a transnational course. See program requirements for which courses meet this requirement.

At least two courses must be designed as writing emphasis.