Gender & Sexuality Studies Bachelor of Arts Degree


A Student’s Words: “I will wrap it all up in saying that I have yet to be disappointed in this department. Each instructor I have engaged with provided knowledge, safe learning spaces, thoughtful readings and assignments and a place where a student can both grow and thrive happily. I am a different student and person because of my involvement with this department and the instructors within. The language and lenses I leave with are gifts of academia, which I will always owe to the learning experiences shared with students and instructors in this department.”

Description: Gender and Sexuality Studies is especially equipped to meet the challenges of our current moment and to shape inclusive and just futures. Our courses open minds and change lives. Students in our program pursue an interdisciplinary education that emphasizes social justice through the development of critical thinking, research, creativity, and analytical skills. Our academic program prepares graduates for careers in a variety of fields that deal with diverse populations as well as sustained political and social change. 

Course Delivery Methods: Our degree is part of a robust program designed to incorporate traditional face-to-face instruction and the technological innovations of online instruction. Degree requirements for the Gender & Sexuality Studies major, minor, and graduate minor can be completed face-to-face or online (online courses are offered through Canvas. Many of our electives are taught both online and face-to-face during fall and spring semesters. All Summer courses are taught online.

Note: Women’s Studies has changed its name to Gender & Sexuality Studies. Its course prefix (W S) remains the same but will eventually change to the prefix GNDR. Many course titles will be changing as well to reflect the broader focus on genders and sexualities. Access

Degree requirements for the major include 9 credit hours of required Gender & Sexuality Studies courses; 18 credit hours of Gender & Sexuality Studies electives; and 9 credit hours from a number of cross-listed courses offered both by Gender & Sexuality Studies and by other programs/departments. 

The total credit hour requirement for the major is 36 credit hours with 21 hours at the upper division level. All requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or higher.

Departmental requirements for our program of study can be completed on campus and online. Since all core required Gender and Sexuality Studies courses are offered online, the entire degree can be completed as a distance education degree program by working with branch campuses and the Center for Academic Advising and Student Support.

Important Documents for GSS Majors

Required Core Courses 9
W S 201G Introduction to Women’s Studies 3
or W S 202G Representing Women Across Cultures
W S 455 Feminist Research Methodologies 3
or W S 465 Sex, Gender and the Body
W S 471 Seminar in Feminist Theory 3
Select six from the following: 18
Masculinities Studies 3
Women and Immigration 3
Transnational Feminisms 3
Gender and Horror 3
Arab-Muslim Feminisms 3
Alternative Genders and Sexualities 3
Women and Human Rights 3
Gender and Graphic Narrative 3
Food and Representation 3
Gender and Migration 3
Gender and Film Studies 3
Special Topics 3
Women’s Studies Practicum 3
Women Crossing Borders 3
Gender and Popular Culture 3
Electives from upper division W S and cross-listed courses 9
Second Language Requirement: (not required)  
Total Credits 36