Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies Major (B.A.)(Combined B.A./M.A.T with Teacher Certification in Grades K- 6 and Teacher of Students with Disabilities.)

Program Requirements

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

Requirements for the graduate portion of this dual degree program can be found here.

Major 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
Psychology of Leadership: Theory and Application
Writing Women Safe: Writing, Rape Prevention, and Community Activism
Workplace Writing
Major Electives
Select three of the following (at least 6 credits must be 200 level or above):9
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
If focus is appropriate, the following may be used:
Special Topics in English or American Literature
Special Topics in Comparative Literature
Seminar in American Literature
Women Prose Writers
Seminar in Comparative Literature
Seminar in English Literature
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
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
Women in American History
Feminist Ideas in Western Thought
Women in the Muslim World: A History of Representations
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
Selected Topics in Sociology (if focus is appropriate)
Sociology of Sexuality
Sociology of Gender
Other Electives
The Black Woman: An Introductory Course
The Anthropology of Work
Anthropology: Gender and Sexuality
Community and Health
Women and Art
ARTX 122
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
Psychology of Women
Psychology of Leadership: Theory and Application
Women in Russian Literature
Sexual Subversion in Contemporary Hispanic Literature and Film
Total Credits33

Teacher Ed Program Requirements (BA/MAT or BS/MAT) 

Pre-Professional Sequence
Pre-Professional Requirements
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy3
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
FCST 214Child Development I3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I3
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology3
Health for Teacher Education
Select one of the following: 23-4
Biological Sciences
Biology for Survival
The Biology of Human Life
Human Heredity
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I
Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II
Human Anatomy and Physiology
Personal Health Issues
Injury Prevention and Emergency Care
Study of Human Diseases
Perspectives on Drugs
Mental Health
Human Sexuality
Health Education Methods
School Health and Community Services
Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals
Honors Seminar in Science
Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science
Principles and Practice of Emergency Care
Professional Sequence
Undergraduate Professional Sequence I
FCST 314Child Development II: Adolescence3
MTHM 302Mathematics in Elementary Schools II3
READ 399Early Literacy Development and Instruction3
ECEL 279Foundation and Philosophy of Inclusive Education3
Undergraduate Professional Sequence II
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
ECEL 418Social and Cultural Context of Families and Communities3
ECSE 305Development and Learning in Children With and Without Disabilities3
Undergraduate Professional Sequence III
ECEL 427Explorations: Science, Math, and Technology in the Elementary Classrooms3
ECSE 439Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Required Graduate Courses
ECSE 508Strengthening Partnerships with Families of Children with Disabilities 13
ECSE 536Observation and Assessment of Elementary Age Children with Disabilities 13
READ 515Literacy Strategies for the Inclusive Elementary Classroom 13
Total Credits60-61

Course will also count toward the MAT portion of this program.


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