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Undergraduate Program

Major Requirements

SBAI offers two majors in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies (GSWS): 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 GSWS. Students may use up to 4 courses taken abroad to complete their GSW major.

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

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

  1. GSWS 105: Sex and Power
  2. GSWS 200: History of Feminism: Colloquium
  3. GSWS core course (H-track course if H major, SS-track course if SS major)
  4. GSWS core course (H-track course if H major, SS-track course if SS major)
  5. GSWS core course (any track)
  6. GSWS course (H-track course if H major, SS-track course if SS major)
  7. GSWS course (H-track course if H major, SS-track course if SS major)
  8. GSWS course (H-track course if H major, SS-track course if SS major)
  9. GSWS course (any track)
  10. GSWS 393: Major Senior Seminar
    OR GSWS 393H: Major Senior Seminar - Honors (Spring of senior year)

Honors in Research

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

  1. Maintain a GPA of at least 3.3 in GSWS courses.
  2. Complete all GSWS Major requirements
  3. In addition to GSWS Major requirements, complete the following courses in the senior year:
    • One extra 4-credit GSWS elective course taken at any time
    • GSWS 391H: Independent Study - Honors (2-4 credits) during the fall of senior year. During this independent study, honors students will begin research and planning for their honors thesis to be completed during GSWS 393H in the Spring semester.
  4. Complete an honors thesis of 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 GSWS 391H and completed in GSWS 393H.

If you would like to complete GSWS 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 GSWS courses. 

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