Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies: General, BA

The Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program (GSWS) is an interdisciplinary program that provides exciting intellectual opportunities to explore the role of gender in human affairs. The program offers over 50 courses each year, many cross-listed with other departments, as well as a major, a minor, and a graduate certificate.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 33. Double majors may entail more course units.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Required Courses
GSWS 0002Gender and Society1
GSWS 0003Introduction to Sexuality Studies and Queer Theory1
GSWS Theory Course1
Elective Courses
Select 4 elective courses for students doing a concentration or 9 elective courses for students not doing a concentration4-9
Concentration Requirements
Select 5 course units with four courses in at least two different departments5
Reseach/Capstone Requirement
Select 1 course unit1
Total Course Units33

You may count no more than one course toward both a Major and a Sector requirement. For Exceptions, check the Policy Statement.


Students with an overall GPA of 3.4 and 3.6 or better in the major are eligible for honors.


Students may select one of five concentrations:

  • Feminist Studies
  • Global Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Health and Disability
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Self-designed

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2024 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.