Gender, Sexuality, & Women's Studies: Self Designed, BA

This concentration could be met by taking 5 courses within a single field or department, or a combination of departments—such as Politics and Philosophy, or Sociology & Anthropology. Other concentrations might include Media and Communications, History and English, or thematic concentrations that could combine courses in a wide variety of fields such as Performance Studies, Migration Studies, Labor Studies, and so forth. Any self-designed concentration should be determined in consultation with the Associate Director of the program and subsequently approved by the Program’s Curriculum Committee. Please note that the title of the self-designed concentration will not appear on transcripts.

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
Concentration Requirements
Select 5 courses with 4 courses in at least two different departments5
Elective Courses
Select 4 elective courses4
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 2023 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.