Requirements for the Major

The major requires a minimum of ten courses and comprises several discrete aspects, as outlined below. Major requirements (10 courses total)

Core (5 courses)

  • GSFS/SOAN 0191
  • GSFS 0200
  • GSFS 0289
  • GSFS 0320
  • GSFS 0435

Breadth Requirements (2 courses)

To ensure that students are conversant with and have some in-depth knowledge of the key concerns animating the field, they must take at least one course each from two breadth requirements. Courses meeting the breadth requirement can be found on the Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies webpage.

Chose one in each of the following:

  • Critical Race Feminisms
  • National/Transnational Feminism

Electives (2 courses)

Choose two courses bearing the GSFS prefix.

Senior Work

All majors must enroll in GSFS 0700, a one-semester capstone, where they will complete a portfolio and an essay critically engaging with their accumulated knowledge about gender, sexuality and feminism. With permission, some majors may extend this to a two-semester thesis (GSFS 0710), conducting original research. GSFS 0710 provides the flexibility to produce a formal written document, a multi-media project such as a movie, or a creative activity such as a performance or an installation project.

Senior work provides one of the primary means through which students demonstrate their critical thinking skills and their ability to communicate complex ideas effectively and persuasively. This is the primary site through which learning goals will be assessed; advisors will provide their assessment in writing to the students. A public presentation is part of the senior work requirements.

Joint Major

The joint major is comprised of seven (7) courses each in the two disciplines/programs. For GSFS, the requirement includes:

  • Core Courses
    • GSFS 0191 or GSFS 0289
    • GSFS 0200
    • GSFS 0320
  • Breadth Requirements, 2 courses, one each in of the following:
    • Critical Race Feminisms
    • National/Transnational Feminisms  
  • GSFS 0435 Feminist Engaged Research (unless taking an equivalent course in the other major and having received the director’s permission to substitute it)
  • Senior Work that combines both majors and is agreed upon by the advisors and department or program chairs (or designees) involved. GSFS 0700 (unless taking an equivalent course in the other major and having received the director’s approval to substitute it)

Minor Requirements

The minor comprises five courses including the following:

  • Two of the following courses:
    • GSFS 0191
    • GSFS 0200
    • GSFS 0289
    • GSFS 0320
  • Two additional GSFS courses at least one of which fulfills the Critical Race Feminisms breadth requirement