Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The following requirements must be fulfilled:

The general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, Undergraduate Programs.

Program-specific curriculum:

Required
WGSS 2120Introduction to Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
or WGSS 2120W Introduction to Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
WGSS 2125Varieties of Feminist Theory
or AMST 2125 Varieties of Feminist Theory
WGSS 4199Senior Seminar
One course from each of the following five groups:
Race, ethnicity, and class
AMST 2410Twentieth Century U.S. Immigration
or HIST 2410 Twentieth-Century U.S. Immigration
AMST 3360African American History to 1865
or HIST 3360 African American History to 1865
AMST 3361African American History Since 1865
or HIST 3361 African American History Since 1865
ENGL 1610Introduction to Black American Literature I
or ENGL 1610W Introduction to Black American Literature I
ENGL 1611Introduction to Black American Literature II
or ENGL 1611W Introduction to Black American Literature II
ENGL 3570Nineteenth-Century Black Literature
ENGL 3960Asian American Literature
or ENGL 3960W Asian American Literature
PHIL 2125Philosophy of Race and Gender
or PHIL 2125W Philosophy of Race and Gender
WGSS 3362African American Women's History
or WGSS 3362W African American Women's History
or AMST 3362 African American Women's History
or AMST 3362W African American Women's History
or HIST 3362 African American Women’s History
or HIST 3362W African American Women’s History
Global/transnational
ENGL 1710Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film I
or ENGL 1710W Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film I
ENGL 1711Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film II
or ENGL 1711W Introduction to Postcolonial Literature and Film II
ENGL 3730Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
or ENGL 3730W Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
SPAN 3570Women Writers of Spain and Latin America
WGSS 2121The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
or ANTH 2501 The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
WGSS 3136Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
or WGSS 3136W Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
or CHIN 3136 Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
or CHIN 3136W Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
WGSS 3481Women in Islam
or REL 3481 Women in Islam
WGSS 3530Women in Africa
or HIST 3530 Women in Africa
WGSS 3820Global Domestic Labor
WGSS 3845Global Women's Prison
WGSS 3881Women, Gender, and Religion in China
or EALL 3881 Women, Gender, and Religion in China
or REL 3881 Women, Gender, and Religion in China
Sexualities
ENGL 3910Disability Studies
ENGL 3980Queer Studies
or ENGL 3980W Queer Studies
WGSS 2380Sexuality in U.S. History
or HIST 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
or AMST 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
WGSS 3410Lesbian History and Culture
WGSS 3435Queer Politics
WGSS 3470Sexuality and the Law
Humanities
ENGL 3730Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
or ENGL 3730W Topics in Global Postcolonial Literature and Film
ENGL 3840Gender and Literature
or ENGL 3840W Gender and Literature
ENGL 3980Queer Studies
or ENGL 3980W Queer Studies
PHIL 2125Philosophy of Race and Gender
or PHIL 2125W Philosophy of Race and Gender
SPAN 3570Women Writers of Spain and Latin America
WGSS 1020Approaches to Women's History
or HIST 1020 Approaches to Women's History
WGSS 2135A Study of Women and Media
WGSS 2380Sexuality in U.S. History
or AMST 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
or HIST 2380 Sexuality in U.S. History
WGSS 3136Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
or WGSS 3136W Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
or CHIN 3136W Chinese Women in Myth, Literature, and Film
WGSS 3352U.S. Women's History to 1865
or WGSS 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
or AMST 3352 U.S. Women's History to 1865
or AMST 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
or HIST 3352 U.S. Women's History to 1865
or HIST 3352W U.S. Women's History to 1865
WGSS 3353U.S. Women's History II
or AMST 3353 U.S. Women's History II
or HIST 3353 U.S. Women's History II
WGSS 3362African American Women's History
or WGSS 3362W African American Women's History
or AMST 3362 African American Women's History
or AMST 3362W African American Women's History
or HIST 3362 African American Women’s History
or HIST 3362W African American Women’s History
WGSS 3481Women in Islam
or REL 3481 Women in Islam
WGSS 3530Women in Africa
or HIST 3530 Women in Africa
WGSS 3981Women in Western Religion
or REL 2981 Women in Western Religion
Social science
ANTH 3504Illness, Healing, and Culture
ANTH 3507Kinship, Family, and Community
ANTH 3513Anthropology of Human Rights
or ANTH 3513W Anthropology of Human Rights
PSC 2225Women and Politics
PSYC 2550Psychology of Sex Differences
SOC 2175Sociology of Sex and Gender
or SOC 2175W Sociology of Sex and Gender
WGSS 2121The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
or ANTH 2501 The Anthropology of Gender: Cross-Cultural Perspectives
WGSS 4183Practicum in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Electives
Three additional courses (9 credits) from any of the above lists, any women's, gender, and sexuality studies (WGSS) course, or courses approved by an advisor.

No one course may count for more than one category.

At least 27 of the required 33 credits must be taken in courses at the 2000 level or above.

In addition to the University General Education Requirement, undergraduate students in Columbian College must complete a further, College-specific general education curriculum—Perspective, Analysis, Communication, or G-PAC. Together with the University General Education Requirement, G-PAC engages students in active intellectual inquiry across the liberal arts. Students achieve a set of learning outcomes that enhance their analytical skills, develop their communication competencies, and invite them to participate as responsible citizens who are attentive to issues of culture, diversity, and privilege.

G-PAC approved courses, Dean's Seminars, and Sophomore Colloquia that may be available for registration are listed on the CCAS Advising website.

Coursework for the University General Education Requirement is distributed as follows:

  • Writing—one approved course in university writing and two approved writing in the disciplines (WID) courses.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical or creative thinking skills.
  • Mathematics or Statistics—one approved course in either mathematics or statistics.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry.
  • Social Sciences—two approved courses in the social sciences.

Coursework for the Columbian College general education curriculum is distributed as follows:

  • Arts—one approved course in the arts that involves the study or creation of artwork based on an understanding or interpretation of artistic traditions or knowledge of art in a contemporary context.
  • Global or Cross-Cultural Perspective—one approved course that analyzes the ways in which institutions, practices, and problems transcend national and regional boundaries.
  • Humanities—one approved course in the humanities that involves critical thinking skills (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement).
  • Local or Civic Engagement—one approved course that develops the values, ethics, disciplines, and commitment to pursue responsible public action.
  • Natural or Physical Science—one approved laboratory course that employs the process of scientific inquiry (in addition to the one course in this category required by the University General Education Requirement.
  • Oral Communication—one course in oral communication.

Certain courses are approved to fulfill the requirement in more than one of these categories.

Courses taken in fulfillment of G-PAC also may be counted toward majors or minors. Transfer courses taken prior to, but not after, admission to George Washington University may count toward the University General Education Requirement and G-PAC, if those transfer courses are equivalent to GW courses that have been approved by the University and the College.

In addition to the general requirements stated under University Regulations, in order to be considered for graduation with Special Honors, students must attain a minimum grade-point average of 3.7 in courses counted for the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major and 3.3 overall; receive a grade of A in WGSS 4199; and submit an honors paper to the Program. Upon faculty review of the honors paper, students may be recommended for graduation with Special Honors.