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.)

The Dual Degree Dual Certification Program is a 5-year Program that leads to teacher certification in elementary education (K-6) teacher certification in Teacher of Students with Disabilities, a baccalaureate degree and a master's degree. Interested students must apply to and be admitted to the Teacher Education Program as an undergraduate. Students must successfully complete the undergraduate portion of the program in order to be admitted to the Graduate School and complete the one year master's portion of the program.

Please visit the Teacher Education Program website for the required undergraduate professional sequence of courses, overall course outline, and other important Program requirements, guidelines and procedures. Students are also strongly advised to review the Teacher Education Program Handbook.

A minimum of 120 credits of coursework is required for the baccalaureate degree with a minimum 3.0 overall GPA; however more than 120 credits may be required depending upon the major field of study.  Major GPA requirements differ depending on field of study. Consult the Teacher Education Program Handbook for more information.

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
GSWS 102Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
GSWS 200Transnational Feminisms3
GSWS 402Sexuality, and Women's Studies3
Distribution Electives
Historical Issues
GNHU 283Women, Gender, and Sexuality in the Ancient World3
or GSWS 201 Inventing Feminism
Theoretical Issues
GLQS 301Queer Theory3
or GSWS 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
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
Culture and Appearance
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
CMST 101Fundamentals of Speech: Communication Requirement 13
PSYC 101Introduction to Psychology 13
FSHD 214Child Development I3
ECEL 200Perspectives on Early Childhood and Elementary Education in a Democracy 13
EDFD 221Historical Foundations of American Education 13
EDFD 220Philosophical Orientation to Education3
MTHM 201Mathematics in Elementary Schools I 13
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
ECEL 375Selected Topics in Early Childhood and Elementary Education1-3
ECSE 305Development and Learning in Children With and Without Disabilities3
ECEL 408Social Studies and the Arts in Elementary Classrooms3
First Semester Senior Year
ECSE 339Pedagogy in the Inclusive Elementary Classroom3
READ 408Literacy in the Elementary Grades3
Undergraduate elective (Advisor approval required).3
Second Semester Senior Year
ECSE 523Communication, Collaboration and Consultation in Inclusive Early Childhood and Elementary Contexts 13
ECSE 536Observation and Assessment of Elementary Age Children with Disabilities 13
READ 515Literacy Strategies for the Inclusive Elementary Classroom 13
Total Credits58-60

Physiology/Hygiene Course

BIOL 100Biological Sciences4
BIOL 107Biology for Survival3
BIOL 110The Biology of Human Life4
BIOL 215Human Heredity3
BIOL 240Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology I3
BIOL 241Mammalian Anatomy and Physiology II3
BIOL 243Human Anatomy and Physiology4
BIOL 380Genetics4
HLTH 101Personal Health Issues3
HLTH 207Injury Prevention and Emergency Care3
HLTH 208Study of Human Diseases3
HLTH 213Perspectives on Drugs3
HLTH 220Mental Health3
HLTH 290Human Sexuality3
HLTH 330Health Education Methods3
HLTH 411School Health and Community Services3
HLTH 430Counseling Skills for Public Health Professionals3
HONP 210Honors Seminar in Science4
HONP 211Honors Seminar in Contemporary Issues in Science3
HPEM 150Principles and Practice of Emergency Care3
NUFD 182Nutrition: A Socioecological Perspective3