Gender and Sexuality Studies - Bachelor of Arts

Note: Women's Studies has changed its name to Gender & Sexuality Studies. Its course prefix (W S) remains the same but will eventually change to the prefix GNDR. Many course titles will be changing as well to reflect the broader focus on genders and sexualities.

The undergraduate major in Gender and Sexuality Studies specializes in the examination of gender; gender identity; queer and transgender studies; feminisms; and social justice from interdisciplinary perspectives. Students develop a strong understanding of how interconnected social formations such as race, class, age, nation, citizenship, ability, and other categories of difference are constructed and intersect with gender and sexuality. Our courses equip students with analytical skills and knowledge to engage power structures critically and transform lives and communities.

Gender and Sexuality Studies readies students for further study in the field at the graduate level as well as advanced study in a variety of disciplines. We offer a plan of study that integrates humanities and social sciences methods and objects of study, including areas of concentration such as human rights and transnational migration; socially engaged literature, film, and other creative media; and transnational and decolonial methodologies.

Gender and Sexuality Studies students prepare for careers in such fields as advocacy and social organizing, community development, creative writing, criminal justice, education, filmmaking and video production, health care, human resources, journalism, law, music production, social services, and visual arts. Many students declare a double major in Gender and Sexuality Studies with another discipline to enhance career opportunities and learning.

Courses are offered both online and on campus. In addition to the B.A., Gender and Sexuality Studies offers an undergraduate minor and graduate minor.

Degree requirements for the major include

  • 9 credit hours of required Gender & Sexuality Studies courses;
  • 18 credit hours of Gender & Sexuality Studies electives; and
  • 9 credit hours from a number of cross-listed courses offered both by Gender & Sexuality Studies and by other programs/departments.
  • The total credit hour requirement for the major is 36 credit hours with 21 hours at the upper division level. All requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Students must complete all University degree requirements, which include: General Education requirements, Viewing a Wider World requirements, and elective credits to total at least 120 credits with 48 credits in courses numbered 300 or above. Developmental coursework will not count towards the degree requirements and/or elective credits, but may be needed in order to take the necessary English and Mathematics coursework.

Prefix Title Credits
General Education
Area I: Communications
English Composition - Level 14
Rhetoric and Composition4
English Composition - Level 2
Choose one from the following:3
Business and Professional Communication3
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences3
Technical and Scientific Communication3
Advanced Composition3
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication3
Oral Communication
Choose one from the following:3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations3
Public Speaking3
Principles of Human Communication3
Principles of Human Communication Honors3
Area II: Mathematics3
Mathematics Appreciation 13
Area III/IV: Laboratory Science and Social/Behavioral Sciences10-11
Introduction to Women's Studies3
Representing Women Across Cultures
Area III: Laboratory Sciences Course (4 credits) 2
Either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences Course or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course (4 or 3 credits) 2
Area V: Humanities 23
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts 23
General Education Elective 23-4
Viewing a Wider World 36
Departmental/College Requirements
Core Courses
W S 455Feminist Research Methodologies3
or W S 465 Sex, Gender and the Body
W S 471Seminar in Feminist Theory3
Select nine credits from the following:9
Women & Immigration3
Transnational Feminisms3
Gender & Horror3
Special Topics3
Women Crossing Borders3
W S or Cross-Listed Electives18
6 credits must be upper division
Masculinities Studies3
Alternative Genders and Sexualities3
Women and Human Rights3
Gender and Graphic Narrative3
Food and Representation3
Gender and Migration3
Gender and Film Studies3
Women's Studies Practicum3
Gender and Popular Culture3
Second Language Requirement: (not required)
Electives, to bring the total credits to 120 449-47
12 credits must be Upper - Division
Total Credits120

Second Language Requirement

For the Bachelor of Arts with a major in Gender & Sexuality Studies, there is no second language requirement for the degree.

A Suggested Plan of Study for Students

This roadmap assumes student  placement in MATH 210G Intermediate Algebra and ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition. The contents and order of this roadmap may vary depending on initial student placement in mathematics and english. It is only a suggested plan of study for students and is not intended as a contract. Course availability may vary from fall to spring semester and may be subject to modification or change.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCredits
ENGL 111G Rhetoric and Composition (C- or better) 4
MATH 210G Mathematics Appreciation (C- or better) 1 3
Area V: Humanities Course 2 3
Elective Courses or UNIV 150 3 6
 Credits16
Spring
Choose one from the following: 3
Effective Leadership and Communication in Agricultural Organizations  
Public Speaking  
Principles of Human Communication  
Principles of Human Communication Honors  
Area III: Laboratory Science Course 2 4
W S 201G
Introduction to Women's Studies (either will count towards Area V, Gen.Ed also, and a C- or better)
or Representing Women Across Cultures
3
Area VI: Creative and Fine Arts Course 2 3
Elective Course 3 3
 Credits16
Second Year
Fall
Choose one from the following: 3
Business and Professional Communication  
Writing in the Humanities and Social Sciences  
Technical and Scientific Communication  
Advanced Composition  
Advanced Technical and Professional Communication  
Select either an Area III/IV: Laboratory Sciences or Social/Behavioral Sciences Course 2 3-4
W S or Cross-listed Elective Course (any level) (C- or better): 3
Elective Course 3 3
Elective Course 3 3
 Credits15-16
Spring
General Education Elective Course 2 3-4
W S or Cross-listed Elective Course (any level) (C- or better): 4 3
Choose one from the following: 5 3
Women & Immigration (C- or better)  
Transnational Feminisms (C- or better)  
Gender & Horror (C- or better)  
Special Topics (C- or better)  
Women Crossing Borders (C- or better)  
Elective Course 3 3
Elective Course 3 3
 Credits15-16
Third Year
Fall
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Course 6 3
W S 455
Feminist Research Methodologies (C- or better in either)
or Sex, Gender and the Body
3
Choose one from the following: 5 3
Women & Immigration (C- or better)  
Transnational Feminisms (C- or better)  
Gender & Horror (C- or better)  
Special Topics (C- or better)  
Women Crossing Borders (C- or better)  
Elective Course 3 3
Elective Course 3 3
 Credits15
Spring
VWW - Viewing a Wider World Course 6 3
W S or Cross-listed Elective Course (any level) (C- or better): 4 3
Choose one from the following: 5 3
Women & Immigration (C- or better)  
Transnational Feminisms (C- or better)  
Gender & Horror (C- or better)  
Special Topics (C- or better)  
Women Crossing Borders (C- or better)  
Elective Course 3 3
Elective Course 3 3
 Credits15
Fourth Year
Fall
W S 471 Seminar in Feminist Theory (C- or better) 3
W S or Cross-listed Elective Course (Upper Divisionl) (C- or better): 4 3
Elective Course 3 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 3 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 3 3
 Credits15
Spring
W S or Cross-listed Elective Course (any level) (C- or better): 4 3
W S or Cross-listed Elective Course (Upper Division) (C- or better): 4 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 3 3
Elective Course - Upper Division 3 4
 Credits13
 Total Credits120-122