Requirements for the Major

For students who matriculate in Fall of 2022 or later

The major requires a minimum of ten courses as outlined below.

Major requirements (10 courses total)

1. Core (5 courses):
    GSFS/SOCI 0191  
    GSFS 0200 
    GSFS 0289 
    GSFS 0320 
    GSFS 0435  

2. Distribution Requirements  (2 courses, one in each):

  A.  Feminist Approaches to Science Technology, Health, and Medicine (FemSthm)
  B. Global and Decolonial Feminisms (GloDeFem)

3. Electives (3 courses bearing the GSFS prefix)
Senior work + two electives (2 courses with GSFS prefix)
Three electives (3 courses with GSFS prefix)  
Senior Work: Senior work is optional and by application only. To be eligible to conduct senior work, students must first complete Feminist Engaged Research. During Feminist Engaged Research, students will receive information regarding how to apply to continue their research or projects. If students are granted approval, they will then enroll in GSFS 0700 for a one semester essay or project. If students want to complete a two-semester thesis or project following the completion of Feminist Engaged Research, they will register for GSFS 0700 as well as GSFS 0710. 

Joint Major: The joint major requires a minimum of seven (7) courses each in the two departments/programs. For GSFS, the requirement includes:

GSFS 0191
GSFS 0200
GSFS 0289
GSFS 0320
GSFS 0435

Distribution (2 courses, one in each)

  a. Feminist Approaches to Science, Technology, Health, and Medicine (FemSTHM)
  b. Global and Decolonial Feminisms (GloDeFem)

Minor Requirements: The minor requires a minimum of five courses including: 

Two of the following courses: GSFS 0191, GSFS 0200, GSFS0289, GSFS 0320 or GSFS 0435

Any three electives with the GSFS prefix

For students who matriculated prior to Fall 2022
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
  • Three additional GSFS courses at least one of which fulfills the Critical Race Feminisms breadth requirement