Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Major with Teacher Certification in Elementary School Teacher in Grades K-6 (B.A.)

Students who wish to pursue K-6 teacher certification in Elementary Education must apply and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required sequence of courses and other program requirements, guidelines, and procedures. Students are advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook.

120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

Program Requirements

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill General Education categories.

Click here for a list of courses that fulfill World Languages and Cultures categories.

I. General Education Requirements
A. New Student Seminar1
C. Communication
1. Writing 3
2. Literature3
3. Communication - Fulfilled by CMST 101 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
D. Fine and Performing Arts3
F. Humanities
1. Great Works and Their Influences3
2. Philosophy and Religious Perspectives – Fulfilled by EDFD 220 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
G. Computer Science3
H. Mathematics 0
Fulfilled by MTHM 201 in the Teacher Ed sequence.
I. Natural Science Laboratory
BIOL 100Biological Sciences4
J. Physical Education1
K. Social Science
1. American and European History – Fulfilled by EDFD 221 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
2. Global Cultural Perspectives - Fulfilled by GSWS 200 in the major.0
3. Social Science Perspectives – Fulfilled by PSYC 101 in the Teacher Ed sequence.0
L. Interdisciplinary Studies 0
Fulfilled by ECEL 200 in the Teacher Ed sequence.
II. World Languages and Cultures
A. World Languages3-6
B. World Cultures0
Fulfilled by GSWS 102 in the major.
III. Major Requirements
A. Required Core
GLQS 100Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (GLBTQ) Studies3
GLQS 201Queer Identities in a Transforming World: The Trouble with Normal3
GSWS 102Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
GSWS 200Transnational Feminisms3
GSWS 402Sexuality, and Women's Studies3
B. Historical Issues
HUMN 283Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Ancient World3
or GSWS 201 Inventing Feminism
C. Theoretical Issues
GLQS 301Queer Theory3
or GSWS 301 Feminist Theory in Transnational Contexts
D. 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
E. Major Electives
Select three courses from the list below. At least 6 credits must be at the 200-level or above.9
IV. Teacher Education Sequence
See requirements below.60
V. Free Electives
Complete additional coursework to reach 120 credits.3-0
Total Credits120

Teacher Education Program Requirements (K-6) 

Pre-Professional Sequence
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
FSHD 214Child Development I3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
Professional Sequence
First Semester Junior Year
FSHD 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
Second Semester Junior Year
ECSE 339Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
First Semester Senior Year
ECEL 410Clinical Practice I: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms2
ECEL 412Seminar I: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms1
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Second Semester Senior Year
ECEL 414Clinical Practice II: Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Classrooms9
ECEL 421Seminar II: Inclusive Elementary Classrooms3
Total Credits60

Major Electives

ENFL 365Gender and Sexuality in Film3
ENGL 117World Literature: Voices of Tradition and Challenge3
ENGL 227Queer Fiction3
ENGL 230Images of Muslim Women in Twentieth Century Literature and Culture3
ENGL 235Contemporary Chinese Women's Literature3
ENGL 250Special Topics in English or American Literature3
ENGL 252Special Topics in Comparative Literature3
ENGL 294Women Poets3
ENGL 301The Novels of Toni Morrison3
ENGL 372Women Prose Writers3
ENGL 492Seminar in Comparative Literature3
ENGL 493Seminar in American Literature3
ENGL 494Seminar in English Literature3
ENTR 201The Entrepreneurial Mindset and Innovation3
ENTR 290Selected Topics in Entrepreneurship3
ENTR 301Creating Your Startup Business Model3
ENTR 302Preparing to Pitch and Launch Your Startup3
GLQS 301Queer Theory3
GLQS 302Selected Topics in Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies3
GSWS 201Inventing Feminism3
GSWS 208Men and Masculinities3
or SOCI 208 Men and Masculinities
GSWS 301Feminist Theory in Transnational Contexts3
GSWS 302Selected Topics in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies3
GSWS 308Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature3
or ENGL 308 Gender and Sexuality in Asian American Literature
GSWS 314Women and Migration3
or HIST 314 Women and Migration
GSWS 316Victimology3
or JUST 316 Victimology
GSWS 345Imaging Medieval and Early Modern Women3
or HUMN 345 Imaging Medieval and Early Modern Women
GSWS 355Human Trafficking3
or JUST 355 Human Trafficking
GSWS 376Feminist Jurisprudence3
or JURI 376 Feminist Jurisprudence
GSWS 401Independent Study: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies3
GSWS 403Seminar on Gender and Crime3
or JUST 403 Seminar on Gender and Crime
GSWS 410Cooperative Education: Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies3
GSWS 436Washington, D.C. Internship3
or POLS 436 Political Science Washington, D.C., Internship
GSWS 481The Legal Rights of Women3
HIST 215Women in American History3
HIST 309Feminist Ideas in Western Thought3
HIST 334Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations3
PHIL 339Contemporary Continental Philosophy3
RELG 267Women and Religion3
RELG 304Feminist Views of Religion3
LAWS 391Women and the Law3
POLS 214Women in Politics3
POLS 416Selected Topics in Political Science3
SOCI 411Selected Topics in Sociology3
WRIT 206Workplace Writing3
WRIT 208Digital Writing: Composing with Text, Image, and Sound3
WRIT 400Community Writing: Theories, Practices, and Partnerships3
SOCI 426Sociology of Sexuality3
SOCI 430Sociology of Gender3
AFAM 207The Black Woman: An Introductory Course3
ANTH 340The Anthropology of Work3
ANTH 380Anthropology: Gender and Sexuality3
ANTH 423Community and Health3-4
ARHT 190Women and Art3
ARTX 201Culture and Appearance3
EDFD 264Gender Issues in Education3
FSHD 205Women in Contemporary Society3
FSHD 345Gender in a Changing World3
FREN 283Introduction to Women Authors of French-Speaking Africa3
or FRIN 283 Introduction to Women Authors of French-Speaking Africa
HUMN 283Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Ancient World3
HUMN 383Women in Antiquity3
HLTH 290Human Sexuality3
HLTH 295Sexuality Education in the Schools3
HLTH 375Women's Health3
JUST 320Women and Prison3
LALS 205Image and Identity: Representation of Latin American Women in Film and Fiction3
LNGN 255Language and Gender3
PSYC 265Psychology of Women3
PSYC 294Psychology of Leadership: Theory and Application3
RUIN 297Women in Russian Literature3
SPAN 473Sexual Subversion in Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film3