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 soon change to the prefix GNDR. Many course titles will be changing as well to reflect the broader focus on genders and sexualities.

Gender & Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program focusing on the study of women, gender and sexuality in a global context from multiple disciplinary perspectives. Classes in Gender & Sexuality Studies explore the relations, practices, theories, and institutions concerning gender and other interesting categories of identity and difference. The Gender & Sexuality Studies Program also works collaboratively with other academic units to cross-list a range of courses. The benefits of a Gender & Sexuality Studies degree include strong critical-thinking and analytical skills developed in a student-centered environment that encourages independent thought; as well as insights into questions of gender, sexuality, race and ethnicity, class, ability, nation and power. Graduates of Gender & Sexuality Studies find successful careers in a range of fields including the advocacy, arts, business, counseling, education, health care, media, politics and law, social work, psychology and sports. The Gender & Sexuality Studies program offers a major and a minor, described below.

Degree requirements for the major include

  • 9 credit hours of required Gender & Sexuality Studies courses;
  • 9 credit hours of Gender & Sexuality Studies electives; and
  • 18 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.
Required Core Courses
W S 201GIntroduction to Women s Studies3
or W S 202G Representing Women Across Cultures
W S 455Feminist Research Methods3
or W S 465 Sex, Gender and the Body
W S 471Seminar in Feminist Theory3
Select three from the following:9
Women & Immigration3
Transnational Feminisms3
Gender & Horror3
Special Topics3
Women Crossing Borders3
Electives from upper division W S and cross-listed courses18
Total Credits36