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Women and Gender Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #905 (BCR) , ND,
The women and gender studies major is an interdisciplinary program appropriate as a complement to various majors. This major is particularly useful in acquiring perspectives that work well with traditional studies for developing leadership roles or for pursuing careers that involve gender concerns. Women and gender studies offers an undergraduate major, minor and, with departmental approval, a graduate emphasis.


The introductory women and gender studies classes, WGS 110 and 112, provide an avenue for students to fulfill North Dakota State University’s cultural diversity requirements while earning the undergraduate major. All students are required to take 40 credits of general education course work from categories including, but not limited to, communication, humanities and fine arts, social and behavioral sciences, wellness, cultural diversity and global perspective.

Career Opportunities
A women and gender studies student will strengthen skills in writing, critical thinking, oral presentation, team work and leadership. These skills are important in today’s evolving job market oriented by increased needs for communication skills, new technologies, rapid economic change and resourceful employees. Women and gender studies courses, which emphasize the value of diversity, relationships and coalition building, prepare graduates to listen, to communicate across differences in background and viewpoint, to analyze reports and to respond openly to change. These are all characteristics required to pursue successful careers in teaching and school administration; social services, law enforcement, counseling, and community organization; communication, business, marketing, human resources, and management; services and hospitality industries; and in healthcare fields such as nursing, medicine, pharmacy and administration.Women and gender studies focuses on women in society and aims to raise women’s aspirations, expand awareness of their capabilities and widen the knowledge and development of both female and male students.Women and gender studies courses aim to:
  • enhance the marketability of students who are interested in how issues regarding all genders impact a variety of employment opportunities, including business, social work, education, public policy, healthcare, sport and law;
  • attract students who are keenly interested in women and gender studies to major in this discipline; and
  • provide an opportunity for all genders to learn more about the role of gender in society.
The teaching and learning approach tends to be interdisciplinary, emphasizing relationships and connections between traditional disciplines.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    122 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

The Curriculum
The women and gender studies major consists of a total of 36 approved semester credits. Students must take all five core courses, two electives, then 15 elective credits in their area of choice.
The women and gender studies minor consists of a total of 18 approved semester credits. Students must take two required courses; then they may take four of any of the courses listed as core courses. At least three credits must be taken in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences and three credits in the College of Human Development and Education. Appropriate courses not on either the required or core list must be approved by the program administrators.
Courses Included:
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Feminist Theory and Discourse
  • Perspectives in Women's Studies
  • Internship/Capstone

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks. Read more about TOEFL®PBT.

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General Requirements

Applications are evaluated on an individual basis. The university uses selective criteria in order to assure adequate preparation which will enable students to be successful in their academic pursuits. NDSU reviews the following criteria:

  1. It is recommended applicants have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 (4.0 scale). Strong consideration is given to grades earned in the high school core courses listed below.
  2. An ACT composite score of 22 or higher or SAT score of 1020 or higher (math and verbal combined score) also is recommended. If you have not achieved this score, you are strongly encouraged to re-test. The writing component of the ACT is not required.
  3. Students applying for admission for Fall 2016* should complete the following 13 high school core courses:
  • 4 units of English
  • 3 units of mathematics (at the level of algebra 1 and above)
  • 3 units of laboratory science
  • 3 units of social science
Students who do not meet these minimum guidelines will still be considered if there is evidence in the student's academic record that demonstrates a high probability of success. Students with higher GPAs and lower test scores, or conversely, lower GPAs and higher test scores will also be given consideration.*The current guidelines of 13 core courses will remain in effect for students seeking admission for the fall of 2016 and increase by one additional core course each year through the fall of 2018. In addition to the current core areas (4 years of English, 3 years of math at algebra l and above, 3 years of lab sciences, and 3 years of social sciences), students will have the option to count the additional credits from the existing core subject areas or world language (including foreign languages, Native American languages, or American Sign Language).NDSU will accept the General Education Development (GED) certificate from applicants 19 or older. For students testing prior to 2002, an average of 45 and subject scores no lower than 40 are required. Students testing between 2002 and 2014 must present an overall average score of 450 with no subject score lower than 410. Students testing after 2014 must present scores of 150 or higher on each of the four content areas.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    282 USD/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 282 USD per module and a duration of 48 months.
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Tuition fee per credit hour

Living costs for Fargo

  • 870 - 1260 USD/month
    Living Costs

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