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Undergraduate Program

Major Requirements

SBAI offers two majors in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (GSW): one in the humanities (H), and one in the social sciences (SS). Each major satisfies the College Upper-Level Writing requirement with GSW 200 and GSW 396.

To complete a major, a student must take 10 courses (40 credits) in GSW. Students may use up to 4 courses taken abroad to complete their GSW major.

Students interested in pursuing a major in GSW are encouraged to start by taking GSW 105 and GSW core courses. These offer a solid foundation in GSW can be applied to your major requirements if you decide to declare a major. 

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

1. GSW 105: Sex and Power
2. GSW 200: History of Feminism: Colloquium
3. GSW core course (H-track course if H major, SS-track course if SS major)
4. GSW core course (H-track course if H major, SS-track course if SS major)
5. GSW core course (any track)
6. GSW course (H-track course if H major, SS-track course if SS major)
7. GSW course (H-track course if H major, SS-track course if SS major)
8. GSW course (H-track course if H major, SS-track course if SS major)
9. GSW course (any track)
10. GSW 396: GSW Major Senior Seminar 

Honors in Research

For GSW majors who would like to complete an honors thesis and graduate with honors, a student must:

  1. Have a GPA of at least 3.3 in GSW courses.
  2. Be on track to complete all GSW Major requirements.
  3. In addition to GSW Major requirements, complete the following two courses in the senior year:
    • Fall semester
      GSW 393H: Senior Project - Honors (4 credits) OR GSW 394H: Internship - Honors (4 credits) 
    • Spring semester
      GSW 397: Senior Project - Honors Thesis
  4. Complete an honors thesis, approximately 35 pages researched and written under the direction of a faculty advisor, and approved by the faculty advisor and a second reader. This thesis should be based on research undertaken through GSW 394 or GSW 395, and completed in GSW 397.

If you would like to complete GSW Honors in Research. Please contact Tanya Bakhmetyeva at tatyana.bakhmetyeva@rochester.edu and indicate your interest and that you meet the GPA requirement of at least 3.3 in your GSW courses.