Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies

The major or co-major in gender, sexuality and women's studies is designed for students who want to:

  • Learn deeply and think critically about feminism, gender and sexuality
  • Develop skills in analysis, research, writing and communication
  • Grow as informed advocates for equity and social justice
  • Study something that matters, with real-world relevance and stakes
  • Participate in an active feminist and queer community, on campus and off

Students can either major or minor in gender, sexuality and women's studies (GSW) and often combine GSW with another major or minor. For instance, a major in social work or psychology might choose to minor in GSW as they look forward to a career working in women's issues. Pre-law students take a major in GSW as they prepare to take up the cause of breaking down institutionalized gender discrimination.

In whatever way you see yourself changing the world, your work in GSW will provide you with the theoretical underpinnings and context to help you build a successful path.

Senior project seminar

For the senior project seminar, students must identify a faculty advisor with whom they will work to produce a significant research paper on a particular aspect of gender, sexuality and women's studies.

Students must contact the director, Simone Chess, with the name of a faculty mentor and a topic before being allowed to register for GSW 5990: Senior Project Seminar (four credits).

Career insights

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