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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
  Jun 13, 2024
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies, BA

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Major Requirements

The goals of this major are: to educate undergraduate students in the analysis and understanding of gender as a knowledge base and critical lens through which to read critically; to write and conduct research in disciplinary and interdisciplinary contexts; to begin to connect academic work with broader community interests; and to prepare students for graduate school and professional lives. The interdisciplinary nature of this major makes it ideal for students who wish to add breadth and depth to their studies in other disciplines. This major requires 30 credits, distributed as follows.

Two elective courses

choose one from each of the following groups

Four upper-level courses

choose two from each group

Grade requirements

A minimum GPA of 2.0 is required in those courses that count toward the major. Students must also have a minimum GPA of 2.0 in all GSWS courses. Students may have no more than six credits overlap with another major or certificate.

Writing (W) requirement

Students must complete at least one writing-intensive (W) course with the GSWS subject designation. Check the Course Descriptions Web site ( each term for writing-intensive course options.

Related area

A minimum of 12 credits is required in any one Dietrich School department or in a thematic cluster chosen in consultation with the major advisor. The completion of an official Dietrich School minor or a Dietrich School or UCIS certificate also satisfies this requirement.

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