Gender and women's studies students at Western Michigan University receive specialized, one-on-one attention from the department chair, who provides advising for majors, minors and those considering a degree in the field. Whether you are curious about gender and women's studies, or on your way to earning a major or minor, please consider paying a visit to receive advising.


Walk-in hours take place in 3061 Moore Hall at regularly scheduled times during the academic year.

Beginning Tuesday, January 7, Spring 2020 advising is available on Tuesdays from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and Wednesdays from 1:30-3 p.m.

What to expect from advising

In addition to verifying the accuracy of your academic record using Degree Works, your advising meeting might include any of the following:

  • Assessment of your progress toward completing your major or minor.
  • Communication about your experiences—positive, negative, or ambivalent—with the department.
  • Conversation about how gender and women's studies fits with your career goals.
  • Dialogue about graduate school in gender, women's and sexuality studies and related fields.
  • Discussion of internship possibilities, volunteer opportunities and ways to be involved on campus and in the community.
  • Encouragement and guidance for succeeding academically.
  • Information sharing about course availability so that you can plan your schedule accordingly.
  • Learning about speakers, events, deadlines and more.
  • Recommendations about new and upcoming courses.
  • Referral to other campus offices that will support your success at WMU.