Planning your program in WGSS

If you're not sure what you want, skip down to here.  Once you've decided about WGSS, you may want to check out our Career Planning pages that include information about going to grad school and planning a job search.

What Courses Count Toward the Major?  the Minor?

  • Click here (MS Word Document) for our Major's Checklist.
  • Click here (MS Word Document) for our Minor's Checklist.
  • Click here for course descriptions.  This is the only place you'll find ALL our courses with descriptions in one place!

When Will My Course Be Offered?

  • Click here for our Course Sequencing plan.  This is up-to-date to the best of our ability, so check it often!  In a small department, the non-teaching requirements of our jobs unavoidably impact our course sequence.  We'll try to let you know ASAP at this site.
  • To see if a course is offered now, here's the link to WINGS.  You must be a registered student to enter. 

How Can I Fit WGSS With Another Major?

WGSS goes well with many majors:  psychology, sociology, history and English are the most obvious, but the knowledge, analytical skills, and perspectives you gain in WGSS help you think about math, business, biology, any of the Allied Health fields, education, political science, and Ethnic and Racial Studies, among others.  See our Career Planning page for more information.

Is an Internship a Good Idea?

We STRONGLY believe in the value of an internship, not merely for an item on a resume, but also for your own career and personal development.  Internships make the theory and issues raised in WGSS courses real.  They also provide you the opportunity to tackle problems. 

What Kinds of Internships are Available?

You can develop an internship in any field, with any institution, locally, elsewhere in the US, or even in another country.  Click here for more information.  Contact Andrea Hansen (e-mail) to talk about it.  See the links under our Career Planning page for national or international possibilities.

Not Sure What You Want?

Many students find themselves struggling to decide on a major, let alone on a career path.  Sometimes students realize halfway through a major that what they thought they wanted to do is not what they really want, yet they don't know WHAT they want.  If this describes you, here's some help

Step One:  Relax.  You're not alone. 

Your parents aren't alone either.  Here's an article they might find helpful:  "Students with Undecided Majors Not Uncommon."  So might you. What it says is that, in fact, being undecided can be beneficial, if you know how to use that well. How? Read on.

Step Two:  Explore.  Here are some resources to help you:

  • UW-L's Academic Advising Center:  A hub of information for students who are uncertain about career choices and majors -- you will be amazed how much information and friendly help you can get here!  Check it out!
  • UW-L's Career Services:  The Career Services office and website is available to students and alums.  Among other things, it provides a critical link between students and employers.  You can get help writing resumes, setting up an internship, practice interviewing, and gauge the state of a field through the events and services here.  If you start with the "Career Development" page, you'll find a number of other resources that might be useful. 
  • Occupational Information Network:  Search by Skills.  Start exploring your career options by assessing your skills and matching them up with jobs.
  • University of Waterloo career development resources Self-Assessment pages  Very comprehensive self-assessment process, but also designed so that you can pick and chose what you want to understand about yourself.  The sections help you identify your personality characteristics, values, skills, interests, learning style and knowledge cores, whether self-employment is right for you, AND helps you integrate all the pieces. This website can also take you much further than just self-assessment in the career-planning process, although some of it is specific to Canada.  For help with job searching in the US, see the WS job search page.

What if I Have A Problem?

Click here (MS Word Document) for the Department of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies policy for Student Appeals Procedure.