The Gender Studies Major

All Gender Studies majors must take a minimum of 36 credits, including Gender Studies 100, Gender Studies 200, Gender Studies 490, Gender Studies 497, and at least 3 credits in each of three foundations areas: gender across time; gender in global context; theory and methods. A course used to satisfy one foundations requirement may not be counted toward another. 

Students are encouraged to work with their advisor to select complementary electives broadening their scope of view and providing training in disciplines of particular interest to them. At least 12 credits must be completed at the 300 or 400 level. In the final semester, the student must pass a senior assessment consisting of a senior capstone project and its oral defense.

Gender Studies intersects with many other fields and pairs well with a range of second majors and minors. Students considering graduate study are strongly advised to pursue study of a second language and to minor in a related discipline.

Many Gender Studies students also minor in a variety of academic disciplines across the college. Check out this list of minors held by recent Gender Studies Alumni:

  • Anthropology 
  • Art History and Visual Culture Studies 
  • Biology 
  • Education 
  • Film and Media Studies 
  • French 
  • German Studies
  • Mathematics 
  • Politics 
  • Psychology 
  • Race and Ethnic Studies 
  • Religion 
  • Rhetoric Studies
  • Sociology