Major & Minors Requirements

Major Requirements: 10 Courses

Two required courses:

  • GSF 199S—Thinking Gender: An Introduction to Feminist Theory
  • GSF 499S—Senior Seminar

Four courses from the core courses list are required: 

The remaining four courses are electives and may be chosen from other program offerings.

Students may take no more than two independent study courses, which must be approved by the Director of Undergraduate Studies. In addition, students may petition for credit for courses offered in other departments and programs with clear documentation of their intellectual value to the overall goals of the major.

Minor Requirements: 5 Courses

We have two minors in our program, both requiring five courses:

Minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies

One required course:

  • GSF 199S—Thinking Gender: An Introduction to Feminist Theory

Two courses from the core courses list are required: 

The remaining two courses are electives and may be chosen from other program offerings.

In addition, students may petition for credit for courses offered in other departments and programs with clear documentation of their intellectual value to the overall goals of the major.

Minor in Sexuality Studies (SXL)

Our required, introductory course, which is ideally taken by your sophomore year:

Four elective courses:

  • One of these four electives must be a seminar (S) at the 300 level or above.
  • From Fall 2016 to Spring 2018, courses below the 100 level, Focus courses, and First Year Seminars can count towards the minor, as long as they represent sexuality-studies content and are approved by the DUS.
  • One of the following can serve as an elective, with permission of the Director of Undergraduate Studies:
    • An independent study, including thesis writing or research, on a topic focused on sexuality studies;
    • A study abroad course with 50% or more focus on sexuality-studies themes;
    • A relevant course offered by another unit (not cross-listed with SXL), with clear documentation of its intellectual value to the overall goals of the minor.

Students are encouraged to pursue original research as part of their minor, for example through an approved faculty-guided independent study or an honor's thesis. GSF faculty can guide students to potential advisors and projects.