Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Major (B.A.)

The Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies major is an interdisciplinary academic program that provides students with a knowledge of the history and evolution of feminist theory and practice. It imparts to students an understanding of the feminist debates that take place in a multitude of disciplines and the role that these play in broadening and restructuring other disciplines. The program situates Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies within a cross-cultural context and enhances students' awareness of issues affecting women in different cultural, religious, ethnic, economic, and class settings. Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies empowers students to participate in transforming repressive cultural and political practices and to use their knowledge to create a personal and communal agenda aimed at social change.

The Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies major prepares students for postgraduate education in  Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies and for careers in fields related to social services, education, psychology, communications and the media, the arts, law, health professions and community action work.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 2.0 overall GPA, and a minimum 2.0 major GPA. However, more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study. In addition to the major requirement outlined below, all university students must fulfill the set of General Education requirements applicable to their degree.

Program Requirements

Students must complete 42 credits of General Education requirements and 3-9 credits of World Languages and Cultures Requirements.

Required Core
GLQS 100Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (GLBTQ) Studies3
GLQS 201Queer Identities in a Transforming World: The Trouble with Normal3
WMGS 102Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WMGS 200Transnational Feminisms3
WMGS 402Sexuality, and Women's Studies3
Distribution Electives
Historical Issues
GNHU 283Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Ancient World3
or WMGS 201 Inventing Feminism
Theoretical Issues
GLQS 301Queer Theory3
or WMGS 301 Feminist Theory in Transnational Contexts
Professional Development
Select one of the following:3
The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation
Workplace Writing
Psychology of Leadership: Theory and Application
Writing Women Safe: Writing, Rape Prevention, and Community Activism
Major Electives
Select three of the following with at least 6 credits at the 200 level or above:9
English
Gender and Sexuality in Film
World Literature: Voices of Tradition and Challenge
Queer Fiction
Images of Muslim Women in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture
Contemporary Chinese Women's Literature
Black Women Writers: US
Women Poets
The Novels of Toni Morrison
Women Prose Writers
If focus is appropriate, the following may be used:
Special Topics in English or American Literature
Seminar in American Literature
Seminar in English Literature
Seminar in Comparative Literature
Entrepreneurship
The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation
Selected Topics in Entrepreneurship
Creating Your Startup Business Model
Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup
Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies
Queer Theory
Selected Topics in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
Inventing Feminism
Men and Masculinities
Feminist Theory in Transnational Contexts
Selected Topics in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature
Women and Migration
Victimology
Imaging Medieval and Early Modern Women
Writing Women Safe: Writing, Rape Prevention, and Community Activism
Human Trafficking
Feminist Jurisprudence
Feminist Jurisprudence
Independent Study: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Seminar on Gender and Crime
Cooperative Education: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies
Washington, D.C. Internship
The Legal Rights of Women
History
Women in American History
Feminist Ideas in Western Thought
Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations
Philosophy/Religion
Contemporary Continental Philosophy
Wicca and Neopaganism
Women and Religion
Feminist Views of Religion
Political Science
Women and the Law
Women in Politics
Selected Topics in Political Science (if focus is appropriate)
Public and Professional Writing
Workplace Writing
Digital Writing: Composing with Text, Image, and Sound
Community Writing: Theories, Practices, and Partnerships
Sociology
Sociology of Sexuality
Sociology of Gender
Selected Topics in Sociology (if focus is appropriate)
Other Electives
The Black Woman: An Introductory Course
The Anthropology of Work
Anthropology: Gender and Sexuality
Community and Health
Women and Art
Selected Problems in Art History (if focus is appropriate)
ARTX 122
Selected Topics in Economics (if focus is appropriate)
Gender Issues in Education
Women in Contemporary Society
Gender in a Changing World
Introduction to Women Authors of French-Speaking Africa
Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Ancient World
Women in Antiquity
Human Sexuality
Sexuality Education in the Schools
Women's Health
Women and Prison
Image and Identity: Representation of Latin American Women in Film and Fiction
Language and Gender
Selected Topics in Music History (if focus is appropriate)
Psychology of Women
Psychology of Leadership: Theory and Application
Women in Russian Literature
Sexual Subversion in Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film
Total Credits33