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Gender, Women, and Sexualities Studies, B.A.

The Gender, Women, and Sexualities Studies major identifies and critically examines systems of power utilizing intersectional and transnational frameworks that allow for self-reflection and active engagement in social change. It prepares students for professional and graduate education, as well as employment in many different fields, such as victim advocacy, counseling and therapy, women's health, LGBTQ services, public policy, family services, and media.


Students must complete each course in the major with a minimum grade of C- and must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 in all courses taken for the major.

There are 3 main components of earning your degree in Gender, Women, and Sexualities Studies: Your core required courses, your area requirements, and your focus area.


 Part I: Core Required Courses
  • GWS 1001 - Introduction to Gender, Women, and Sexualities Studies
  • GWS 1200 - Multicultural Study of Sexualities and Genders
  • GWS 2010 - Interdisciplinary Research Methods in Social Issues
  • GWS 2100 - Women in Color
  • GWS 3170 - Social Justice, Self, and Citizenship: A Service Learning Course
  • GWS 3510 - Feminist Theories and Practices 1*
  • GWS 4750 - Feminist Theories and Practices 2: Senior Seminar*
  • GWS 4920 - Women's Studies Internship OR GWS 4970 - Undergraduate Teaching Assistant Training

Note: GWS 3510 and GWS 4750 must be taken in sequence.


Part II: Area Requirements

At least one course must be completed from each of the following four areas:


Course Options:

  • GWS 2400 - Women's Folklore
  • GWS 3240 - American Indian Women
  • GWS 3395 - Transnational Genders and Sexualities
  • GWS 3530 - Gender and Global Politics
  • GWS 3540 - Women in the Developing World
  • GWS 3780 - Gender and Disaster
  • GWS 3930 - Theories of Love and Sex

Course Options:

  • GWS 3260 - Gender, Social Justice, and the Personal Narrative
  • GWS 3300 - Women's Leadership
  • GWS 3310 - Women and the Law
  • GWS 3910 - Women's Spirituality
  • GWS 3940 - Victim Advocacy for Survivors of Interpersonal Violence
  • GWS 4240 - Women and Violence

Course Options:

  • GWS 1550 - Introduction to Transgender Studies
  • GWS 3230 - Bodies and Embodiment
  • GWS 3270 - Beauty Cultures
  • GWS 3280 - Queer Theory
  • GWS 3490 - Queer Sexualities and Identity
  • GWS 3910 - Women's Spirituality
  • GWS 3920 - Women's Health Issues
  • GWS 3930 - Theories of Love and Sex
  • GWS 4240 - Women and Violence

Course Options:

  • GWS 1600 - Women in World History 
  • GWS 2380 - Women, Art, and Gender Politics
  • GWS 2770 - Gender and Communication
  • GWS 3230 - Biology of Women
  • GWS 3250 - Black Women Writers
  • GWS 3470 - Biology of Women
  • GWS 3550 - Chicana Feminisms
  • GWS 3660 - Women in Poverty
  • GWS 3960 - Feminist Art Since 1960
  • GWS 4100 - Women's Holistic Health
  • GWS 4160 - Human Trafficking
  • GWS 4210 - Chicanas and the Politics of Gender
  • GWS 4230 - Female Offender

Part III: Focus Area

Gender, Women, and Sexualities Studies majors also develop a focus area consisting of an integrated cluster of at least 15 credit hours (five 3-credit courses).


Multicultural Courses

The courses listed below fulfill the multicultural requirement for MSU Denver graduation:

  • GWS 1200 - Multicultural Study of Sexualities and Genders
  • GWS 2100 - Women of Color

 Credit Hours Summary
Core Required Courses 24 credit hours
Area Requirements 18 credit hours
Major Credit Requirements Total                            42 credit hours

 


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