• Women, Gender, and Sexuality
    Studies Option (WGS)

    Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies engages students in the discovery and exploration of culture and society through the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, class, and nationality.

  • The Liberal Arts Option in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS) leads to an Associate in Arts (AA) degree. The option is designed for students who have a strong interest in learning about key debates and theoretical concepts central to WGS and for students that plan to major in WGS or related fields at four-year institutions.

    As an interdisciplinary option with faculty from Social Sciences, English, and Humanities, we prepare students to become better-informed world citizens, equipped to tackle the systemic implications and outcomes of particular local, national, and global forces that affect women and LGBTQ people.

  • In support of the LaGuardia’s mission to educate and graduate its students to become critical thinkers and socially responsible citizens, the College has undertaken a team approach toward advising, designed to support you in your major from orientation through graduation.

    Your Advising Team is made up of faculty, professional and peer advisors. They will guide you at every step during your college career. They are ready to help you:

    • Explore your major
    • Select introductory and advanced courses
    • Connect you with campus support services
    • Prepare an educational and career plan

    Visit the Advising page to learn more about when to get advised and how to prepare for an advising appointment, and check out the Advising Calendar for information sessions, events and more.

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    Students who major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS) have a variety of career choices available. The Option prepares students for advanced work in WGS and related fields by training students in textual analysis, critical thinking skills, and research methodologies. This provides students with:

    • Expertise in researching and applying information on contemporary social issues
    • An understanding of the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, class, and nationality
    • A foundation for analyzing inequities and initiating change

    Students who study WGS have expressed interest in the following areas:

    • Administrator of a Human Services Department
    • Advocate for victims of domestic violence and hate crimes
    • Artist
    • Communications Consultant
    • Congressional Aide
    • Coordinator of a Women’s Health Clinic
    • Director of a Social Service Agency
    • Human Rights Organization
    • Journalist
    • Nurse Practitioner
    • Physician
    • Public Health Educator
    • Public Official
    • Public Relations Director
    • Social Worker
    • Teacher
    • Union Organizer

    Current Students
    Log in to My LaGuardia to review your Degree Audit to find out what classes to take. Have questions about using Degree Audit? Visit LaGuardia's Degree Audit page for tutorials and how-to guides.

    Prospective Students
    Review the curriculum.

    Please note: Students will be held to the program and degree requirements of the year that they enter the College, unless the student changes their major in a different academic year. In that case, the student will be held to the current year requirements as listed in the catalog. Learn more.

    Degree Map
    Use the Degree Map and DegreeWorks to assist in academic planning and creating your own graduation plan in ePortfolio. See a full list of Flexible Core courses on the Pathways page.

    For information about this program’s retention and graduation rate visit the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment website page.

    Learning Communities are groupings of two or more courses, often surrounding a common theme. There are two types of Learning Communities, Clusters (consisting of three or more classes) and Pairs (consisting of two classes).

    Learning Communities can help you:

    • Make connections among courses
    • Form a community with your classmates
    • Work closely with faculty
    • Be more successful in your courses
    • Be more likely to stay in school and graduate

    Continuing students are encouraged to select a Cluster or Pair in their second semester.

    Recent Learning Community Themes include:

    • American Cultural Identities in Poetry, Prose, Beats and Rhymes
    • Technology, Power and Freedom: Building your Digital Identity
    • Truth, Lies and Video
    • Alienation and Inquiry

    Review Liberal Arts Learning Communities for the current semester.

    Click here to view the Liberal Arts Learning Communities

    This course invites you to consider a topic in an interdisciplinary manner, drawing on the various courses you have taken as well as experiences outside of college; therefore, it is recommended that this capstone course be taken in your last semester. The themes available for this class the course varies from semester to semester—previous themes include "American Museum," "Epidemics," "Genocide," "Modern Medical Practice," and "Performance and Disability." Review LIB200 themes for the current semester.

    Click here to view the LIB200 themes

    The Liberal Arts Option in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS) has an articulation agreement with the Women & Gender Studies major at Hunter College. Applicants who successfully complete an Associate of Arts (AA) degree with a GPA of 2.5 and a grade of C or higher in all Liberal Arts/ WGS classes will be guaranteed transfer admission into the Bachelor’s Degree program in Women and Gender Studies at Hunter College and will transfer with junior standing.