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Women’s and Gender Studies Online

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When students major in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS), they'll learn how gender, together with race, class, and sexuality, affects all of our lives. Their studies will be interdisciplinary, with classes in fields such as political science, crime and justice studies, health and society, and history. These classes are taught by WGS faculty or faculty affiliated with WGS. 

The UMass Dartmouth bachelor’s degree in Women’s and Gender Studies considers how gender structures societies past and present, affects people at the individual and group levels, and how students can explore paths to achieving equality for all people.


The UMass Dartmouth Women’s and Gender Studies degree program requires students complete 120 credits to graduate.

With our generous transfer policy, students with existing credits may transfer up to 75 credits from a regionally accredited institution.

Women’s and Gender Studies degree students combine core courses in WGS with additional courses in the following focus areas:

  • Intersectional Gender Studies
  • Politics, Justice, and Policy
  • Cross-Cultural and Transnational Inquiry
  • Politics of Cultural Representation

Within those concentrations, students learn to read analytically, write critically, and communicate effectively through argument, analysis, exposition, and oral presentation.

Sample Course Offerings

Examples of courses offered in the Women’s and Gender Studies program include (course offerings subject to change):

  • Intro to Women's and Gender Studies
  • Global Feminism
  • Ecofeminism: Philosophy and Practice
  • Women in World History
  • Race, Gender, and Biomedicine
  • Reproductive Rights and Health
  • Global Women Writers

Graduates have a solid understanding of the role of diversity within the nation and the world, preparing them for a career in a variety of fields and graduate study including:

  • Advocacy
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Education
  • Politics

UMass Dartmouth advanced degrees

  • JD
  • MBA
  • MPP

UMassD advantages

Customize your education and receive the help and guidance to finish as planned:

  • Value and affordability of a UMass education
  • Generous transfer policy
  • One-on-one personal advising from enrollment through graduation
  • Free online and in-person tutoring and writing center


  • Honors College: take advanced courses, pursue research, and be part of a community of scholars
  • Study Abroad: earn academic credits and gain a global perspective on your field
  • Undergraduate Research: faculty work with students on cutting-edge research projects
  • University Studies: gain the benefit of a broad university education to enhance your knowledge and skills

Women’s and Gender Studies Faculty

Anupama Arora
Catherine Villanueva Gardner
Cristina Mehrtens
Heidi Berggren
Stephanie O'Hara
Stephanie O'Hara

Learning Style: Online

Online courses are taught by UMass Dartmouth faculty to provide high quality instruction and personal attention. Students have the flexibility to accommodate work and home responsibilities within the structure of defined assignment due dates. The majority of our online courses are taught asynchronously.

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