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Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies B.A.

Division of Social Sciences - Adm
Division of Social Sciences
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2014
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 40
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
This is an interdisciplinary program housed in the Division of the Social Sciences. The program is administered by the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies (GWSS) coordinator who is a faculty member of any of the four divisions. Gender and sexuality are urgent contemporary issues that impact the culture, politics, and economics of American and international societies. Because such issues affect nearly every professional field and avenue of inquiry, GWSS students engage critically with theoretical and practical models from across the disciplines. Objectives--To explore the implications and intersections of gender and sexuality across disciplinary, chronological, and geographical barriers. Through diverse methodologies and critical paradigms, students explore the impact of gender and sexuality in their own lives and in the world around them.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of any second language.
Students interested in the major should meet with their adviser before the beginning of their junior year. Students develop a coherent program of study in consultation with their adviser. In developing an elective plan, students are also strongly encouraged to consult with faculty who teach within the GWSS program. No grades below C- are allowed. Courses may not be taken S-N, unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
Note: Some of the courses required for the major carry prerequisites.
ENGL 2031 - Gender in Literature and Culture [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
GWSS 1101 - Introduction to Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
GWSS 4901 - Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Capstone (1.0 cr)
SOC 3121 - Sociology of Gender and Sexuality [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
Elective Requirements
Students must fill the remaining 27 credits with courses from the following lists. These courses must come from at least three different disciplines. A course not listed below may be applied to the elective requirement with the consent of the instructor and GWSS coordinator. With the approval of the GWSS coordinator, up to 8 credits can be supplied by internship experiences.
Primarily Gender, Women, and Sexuality Content
Take 19 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AMIN 3452 - American Indian Women [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 2202 - Men and Masculinities [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3602 - Women in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ARTH 3281 - Women and Art [FA] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3332 - African American Women Writers [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3414 - Feminist Theory [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· GWSS 3001 - Troubling Genders in African Cinema [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· GWSS 3414 - Feminist Theory [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· GWSS 3993 - Directed Study (1.0-5.0 cr)
· HIST 1402 - Gender, Women, and Sexuality in American History [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 1815 - Women in the American West [IC] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2704 - Gender, Women, and Sexuality in Medieval Europe [SS] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 2708 - Gender, Women, and Sexuality in Modern Europe [IP] (4.0 cr)
· HIST 3707 - Gender in East Asia [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 2141 - Analytic Feminism [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· POL 3503 - Women in Politics Worldwide [IP] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3051 - The Psychology of Women and Gender [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3221 - Behavioral Biology of Women [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3261 - Human Sexuality [SS] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3252 - Women in Muslim Society [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3602 - Women in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SPAN 3654 - Seminar: Sex, Love, and Marriage in Golden Age Spanish Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
Partial Gender, Women, and Sexuality Content
Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ECON 4101 - Labor Economics I [HDIV] (2.0 cr)
· ENGL 3142 - The Rise of the Novel [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3154 - 19th-Century British Fiction [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3168 - Victorian Literature and Culture [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3301 - U.S. Multicultural Literature [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 3522 - Harlem Renaissance [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4031 - Research Seminar: Renaissance Romance [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· ENGL 4034 - Research Seminar: The Adventure Novel in American and British Literature [HUM] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 1031 - Modern Studies: The Modern Body in France [SS] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 1302 - French Cinema [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 1311 - Sub-Saharan Francophone Cinema [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3602 - Francophone Studies: Francophone Worlds [IP] (4.0 cr)
· FREN 3603 - Francophone Studies: Contes francophones [IP] (4.0 cr)
· PHIL 2112 - Professional Ethics [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3404 - Culture and Human Development [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· PSY 3542 - Multicultural Psychology [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 2101 - Systems of Oppression [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3112 - Sociology of the Environment and Social Development [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3122 - Sociology of Childhoods [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3123 - Sociology of Aging [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3141 - Sociology of Deviance [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
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