Women, gender, and sexuality studies is an interdisciplinary discipline that offers students a cohesive framework for the study of women's and men's lives within historical and contemporary contexts, and from multi-disciplinary, multi-cultural, and international perspectives. As a field of inquiry, gender, women, and sexuality studies challenges traditional scholarship about human societies and fosters the construction of new theoretical and methodological approaches to understanding diverse experiences and realities.
The Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies offers the following programs of study:
Bachelor of Arts
Suggested First- and Second-Year College Courses: GWSS 200, and any of the following: GWSS 206, GWSS 257, GWSS 283, GWSS 290.
Department Admission Requirements
Any student with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00 can declare this major at any time.
Minimum 58 credits, as follows:
Minor Requirements: 30 credits as follows:
Student Outcomes and Opportunities
Graduate Program Coordinator
The Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies offers graduate training leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree in interdisciplinary gender, women, and sexuality studies as well as in a chosen discipline. A master's degree may be awarded to students in the doctoral program, but the department does not offer a terminal master's degree. The core faculty represent the following disciplines: anthropology, American Indian studies, cultural studies, economics and development, English, history, international studies, psychology, queer/sexuality studies, and sociology. Although students are required to work primarily with a core faculty member in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, they have the opportunity to study with more than 90 faculty members from a wide range of disciplines who are adjunct faculty to Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies.
Applicants are admitted to begin study during autumn quarter only and are required to have their application materials completed by the beginning of the prior January. A complete application file includes the Graduate School application, one copy of official transcripts, three recommendations, a statement of purpose, and scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
Minimum 90 credits for the PhD.
All students are required to complete 15 credits of the core seminars: History of Feminism (GWSS 501), Problems in Feminist Theory (GWSS 502), and Feminist Research and Methods of Inquiry (GWSS 503). Under the guidance of a core faculty mentor and advisory committee, the student shapes an individual program of study. The doctoral program usually requires three years of study beyond the master's level, including independent field research and preparation of a dissertation. PhD students must exhibit proficiency in a language relevant to their theoretical and regional areas of specialization. Students are urged to establish foreign language competency as undergraduates before entering the graduate program or as early as possible in their graduate careers.
A limited number of teaching and research assistantships are offered to PhD students.