About this Program

The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is a multi- and interdisciplinary field of study that examines the complex intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, nation, and other identities, with an emphasis on women’s lives and perspectives. A degree in Women's Studies centers the complex intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, ability, nation, and other identities. By the time they complete their degrees, our students are subject experts in the areas of gender, intersectionality, and equity, with an understanding of what it takes to empower themselves and others to become change makers. The linked program in Women's Studies and Humanities allows students to fast-track into an interdisciplinary graduate program that prepares students to work with diverse populations, with an understanding of what it takes to empower themselves and others to become change makers. Department faculty work closely with students to help them learn how to engage in complex problem solving; connect with others across differences; and engage diverse communities.

Program Highlights

  • This linked program allows students to streamline graduate studies with select courses in distinct areas of study

  • Women’s Studies graduates have specialized in international development, media studies, environmental studies, and social work, to name just a few

  • Our students who go on to graduate work have become advocates for human rights, professional writers, educators, and law/policy experts

  • For students interested in connecting the value of social equality to a range of expressions, this linked program offers an accelerated path to a range of fields

  • Our courses, mentorship, and professional opportunities build upon a solid critical thinking foundation and the capacity to link the field of the field of women’s and gender studies to action, across a range of contexts

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's of Art Program
Delivery Modes


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What are the requirements to apply for Women's Studies and Humanities at ODU?
Students entering the Accelerated Bachelor's/Master's of Art Program program in Women's Studies and Humanities should meet the minimum university admission requirements Undergraduate Admission.

To declare a Women's Studies major, students must see and advisor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies. All Women's Studies majors are required to have a conference with their advisor before each semester (preferably during preregistration). The linked program in Women's Studies and Humanities makes it possible for exceptional Women's Studies majors to count up to 12 hours of graduate courses toward both an undergraduate and graduate degree. Students must earn a minimum of 150 credit hours (120 discrete credit hours for the undergraduate degree and 30 discrete credit hours for the graduate degree). 


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Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Active Duty Military Rate
Cost Per-Credit $250
Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $393
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $407
Cost Per-Credit $1,073

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid


  • Anita Clair Fellman Service-Learning Scholarship
  • Carolyn Rhodes Undergraduate Scholarship
  • The Dr. Jennifer Fish Endowed Scholarship for Social Justice


Associate Professor

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