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

LGBTQ Studies is a growing field that includes courses offered in Departments and Schools across the University. Students may even wish to do a sub-concentration within this field, for example in the areas of queer cinema studies, queer literature, or queer design. There are also a growing number of courses offered which aim to cultivate LGBTQ literacy in the education and medical fields. The Program is also in the early stages of developing more courses in the field of Trans Studies, and courses taken in this field would count toward this concentration.

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 Course:1
Law and Social Policy on Sexuality and Reproduction
Science of Sex & Sexuality
Advanced Topics in Global Gender and Sexuality Studies
Attribute AGWT - Theory
Concentration Requirements
Select 5 courses with 4 courses in at least two different departments5
Attribute AGWL - LGBTQ Studies
Elective Courses
Select 4 elective courses4
Attribute AGWF - Feminist Studies
Attribute AGWG - Global Gender and Sexuality Studies
Attribute AGWH - Health and Disabilities
Attribute AGWL - LGBTQ Studies
Reseach/Capstone Requirement1
GSWS Honors Thesis Seminar
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.