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Departmental advising allows students the opportunity to formulate goals for their education while ensuring they understand the objectives and requirements of their major or minor. While a general LSA advisor manages college wide requirements (for example, Race & Ethnicity or Quantitative Reasoning requirements), a Women’s Studies advisor can provide information about:        

  • The department’s majors or minors
  • Courses that will meet departmental requirements       
  • Senior releases and preparing for graduation        
  • Study abroad and transfer credits

If you have questions, please email

How to Declare

For the time being advising is done remotely by either phone call or google chat. 

In spring and summer, students interested in learning more about or declaring a Women's Studies or Gender and Health major or one of the four minors should set-up an advising appointment by emailing with three times that work best for you to meet. The advisor, Donna Ainsworth, will answer your email and set up an appointment time which is convenient for both of you.

Students may declare if they have taken or are taking the prerequisite course for the major (for Women's Studies major, WS 240 Intro to Women's Studies and for Gender and Health major, WS 220 Perspectives in Women's Health) or the foundational course for the minor.  However, LGBTQ minors do not have to take WS 245 Intro. to LGBTQ Studies to declare, the course is is offered only once a year.

Questions?  Email

Spring-Summer Advising by Appointment

Advising appointment are conducted by phone or google chat (your choice) for the time being. To set up an appointment please email with three times that work well for your schedule. Donna Ainsworth, the advisor will email you back to set-up an a mutually convenient time.  

Questions?  Email