Hours Required120 credit hours
Women’s and Gender Studies, LGBTQ/Sexuality Studies
The Nebraska Difference
Discover what moves you with a diverse blend of academic disciplines.
Flexibility & Choice
Customize your degree with course choices. Add a minor or second major.
Build knowledge, skills and experience in and out of the classroom.
Limitless Career Paths
Connect your major, interests and goals to any field.
Focus and Range
Dive deep into your women's and gender studies major while taking a wide variety of courses across all areas in the College of Arts and Sciences. Graduate academically well-rounded and eager to keep learning. Use your collaboration and communication skills to address complex problems and make a positive impact professionally and personally.
1-to-1 Academic Advising and Career Coaching
Along with your faculty, professional academic advisors and career coaches will help you make a one-of-a-kind degree plan. We are focused on your success, while at Nebraska and after graduation, whether your goal is employment or graduate/professional school.
Select from a variety of courses that span both the humanities and the social and behavioral sciences. Learn about the contributions of women and analyze the construction and representation of gender in the arts, literature, history, psychology, education, contemporary culture, politics and society.
Women, Gender, and Health (WMNS 202)
Historical experiences of women within health. Societal constructs of gender in the field of health. Feminist critiques of health and gender.
Activism and Feminist Communities (WMNS 210)
Intersection of service learning and activism with feminist theories. This course meets the experiential learning requirement.
Sex and Gender Around the Globe (WMNS 250)
Investigate the roles gender plays in complex issues of migration, war, global economics, education, food, water, transport, family integrity, security and several other global issues.
LGBTQ Literature and Film (WMNS 312)
Analysis of a variety of works by lesbian, gay, bisexual, queer and transgender writers and filmmakers. Significant literary, cultural, social and historical issues and themes.
Women in Popular Culture (WMNS 315B)
Relation between women's roles and popular images in the media, including romances, television shows, science fiction, and magazines, with attention to their historical development.
Religion, Gender, and Sexuality (WMNS 412)
Examination of how religion is used to shape, maintain and transform gender and sexuality in the U.S. and beyond.
Huskers Do Big Things
Outside the Classroom
Depending on your major, interests and goals, you can choose to do research, work as an intern, study abroad, become a leader or serve your community. The university’s Experiential Learning requirement ensures you have at least one of these transformative learning experiences; students in the College of Arts and Sciences typically complete at least two.
Emily Kazyak, Associate Professor
Dr. Kazyak is an award-winning instructor and researcher interested in the cultural and legal meanings of sexuality, how these meanings change and how Americans respond to such changes. She teaches courses in social theory, LGBTQ Studies, and sexuality and law and she works with undergraduate students on research projects and honors theses. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation.
Academics & Experiential Learning
- Our motto is Academics + Experience = Opportunities. Employers and graduate/professional schools are looking for students who have a strong academic background and hands-on experience.
- Women’s and gender studies majors regularly engage in research or internships, and many study abroad or get involved in service or leadership on campus and beyond.
- CASC 200: Career Development in Arts and Sciences. Explore your interests, abilities and values while identifying career options and preparing to apply for internships, jobs or graduate/professional school.
- Present research or creative work at the annual No Limits Conference.
- Get involved in the Women’s Center as a volunteer or student worker.
- Join the Student Alliance for Gender Equality and Sexual Health (SAGE+SH).
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