Women's and Gender Studies Major, BA

Campus: NYC


The WGS major is an interdisciplinary one completed in 36 credits. This major supports double-majoring in another Dyson B.A. program. Up to 18 credits in the WGS major (including approved courses from other academic disciplines) may be "double-counted" towards both the WGS major and the second Dyson major as long as both are BA degree majors. See the WGS Department Chair for details and approvals. To complete a second major, up to 3 courses can be double-counted as part of a Dyson In-Depth Sequence for both the the WGS major and the University Core.

Major Completion Summary

Requirement Credits
University Core Requirements 44-55
Major Requirements 36
Open Electives 37-48
Total Credits 128

University Core Requirements (44-55 Credits)

See complete University Core requirements.

University Core
Complete University Core Requirements44-55
Total Credits44-55

Major Requirements (36 Credits)

Major Courses
WS 115Intro to Women's & Gender Studies3-4
or WS 115C Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies through Civic Engagement
WS 166Gender, Race and Class3
Select one of the following:3
Global Activism and Transnational Feminist Theories
Queer Theory
Seminar in Feminist Theory
WS 399Research Methods3
WS 499Capstone in Women's & Gender Studies3
Group 1: Bodies, Sexuality, and Society
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Queer Studies
Queer Stories:LGBTQ People and Communities in Historical Context
Lesbians in Literature and Film
Men and Masculinities
A Cultural History of Sexualities from Prehistory to the Present
Gay Male Experiences
Queer Cinema
Transgender Studies
Topic: Dress, Desire and Gesture: Sexualities of Renaissance Europe
Topic: Sexuality and Society
Topic: Sexualities and the City in North and South America
Topics: Hot Latina/os? Race, Gender, and Sexualities in Latin America
Job Opportunities in Sexuality Education and Reproductive Justice in the Nonprofit Sector
Queer Theory
Human Sexuality
Performing Identities: Cross-Dressing and Gendered Personas in Drama
Gender and Sexuality, Italian Style
Literatures of Diversity
Human Sexual Behavior
Group 2: Social Justice
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Queer Studies
The Girl Child-A Global Perspective
Internship in Women's and Gender Studies
Global Activism and Transnational Feminist Theories
"How to Change the World": An Introduction to Feminist Activism and Social Change
Topic: Girl's Activism in the 21st Century
Topic: Women, Gender, and Feminisms in Latin America
Gender and Human Rights: an Introduction to Transnational Feminist Activism
Gender and Politics
Topic: Children and Youth - A Global Perspective
Gender and Social Change
Group 3: Media, History, & Culture
Select one of the following:3
Introduction to Queer Studies
The Medieval Woman
Meanings and Models of Motherhood in European History and Literature
Men and Masculinities
Women and Film: Past and Present
Science Fiction and Gender
Mini-skirts and Headscarves: Gender, Nationality, and Migration in Modern Europe
History of American Women
European Women and Social Change
Gender and Television
Women in Literature I
Women in Literature II
Early Modern Literature: Early Modern Women's Writing
Feminist Issues in Literature
Images of Women in Literature
Required Electives
Select a total of 12 credits of coursework from one or both of the following lists: 112
Total Credits36-37

Elective Courses from WS Department

WS 220The Medieval Woman3
WS 250Queer Stories:LGBTQ People and Communities in Historical Context3
WS 267Meanings and Models of Motherhood in European History and Literature6
WS 268Men and Masculinities3
WS 269Lesbians in Literature and Film3
WS 270A Cultural History of Sexualities from Prehistory to the Present3
WS 271Women in Jeopardy3
WS 275Gay Male Experiences3
WS 277Women in the Arthurian Legends: Medieval to Modern3
WS 280Internship in Women's and Gender Studies1-6
WS 285Queer Cinema3
WS 288Women and Film: Past and Present3
WS 289Science Fiction and Gender3
WS 291Global Activism and Transnational Feminist Theories3
WS 293Transgender Studies3
WS 296Topics in Women's Studies3
WS 296FTopic: Living Under Fire - Women and Warfare3
WS 296TTopic: Melodrama in America3
WS 297ATopic: Asian/American Women3
WS 297DTopic: Sexuality and Society3
WS 297E"How to Change the World": An Introduction to Feminist Activism and Social Change3
WS 297FTopic: Girl's Activism in the 21st Century3
WS 297GTopic: Sexualities and the City in North and South America3
WS 297HTopic: Women, Gender, and Feminisms in Latin America3
WS 297ITopics: Hot Latina/os? Race, Gender, and Sexualities in Latin America3
WS 297SJob Opportunities in Sexuality Education and Reproductive Justice in the Nonprofit Sector3
WS 297XGender and Human Rights: an Introduction to Transnational Feminist Activism3
WS 325Mini-skirts and Headscarves: Gender, Nationality, and Migration in Modern Europe3
WS 369Queer Theory3
INT 297JPerforming Identities: Cross-Dressing and Gendered Personas in Drama6

Elective Courses from Disciplines in Other Departments

ANT 115Kinship and the Family3
ANT 296DTopic: Anthropological Perspective of Women and Warfare3
ANT 296LWomen and Gender Through a Global Perspective3
ANT 296TTopic: Sexuality and Nation Building3
ANT 296WTopic: Sexuality and Culture3
BIO 115Human Sexuality3
CRJ 249Law and Society3
CRJ 375Criminal Justice System Responses to Domestic Violence and Child Abuse3
ECO 356Immigration and Discrimination: Men and Women in the Labor Force3
HIS 280History of American Women3
HIS 281European Women and Social Change3
INT 197CAmerican Women in Literature and Life: The Changing Roles of American Women7
INT 296SBeyond the Veil: Women in Middle Eastern History and Literature6
INT 296WChildren in Urban Society6
LAS 150Modern Latin American Divas: Female Political, Social and Cultural Leadership in the Republican Era6
LIT 211Topics in Literature
LIT 211WWomen in Literature I3
LIT 212Topics in Literature3
LIT 212WWomen in Literature II3
LIT 212YAmerican Women Writers3
LIT 303Introduction to Cultural Studies3
LIT 308Women and American Literature3
LIT 326African American Literature3
LIT 329Literary Theory and Criticism3
LIT 345Literatures of Diversity3
LIT 351AEarly Modern Literature: Early Modern Women's Writing3
LIT 363Shakespeare: Before 16003
LIT 369RGreat Authors: Jane Austen3
LIT 379Feminist Issues in Literature3
LIT 384Images of Women in Literature3
NUR 161Women at Risk: Health Care for Marginalized Women3
NUR 241Difference of Self: Historical Analysis of Women's Health3
POL 250Gender and Politics3
PSY 227Psychology of Women3
PSY 234Human Sexual Behavior3
PSY 296ZTopic: Children and Youth - A Global Perspective3
PSY 320Abnormal Psychology I3
RES 296DTopic: Women in World Religions3
SOC 116Sociology of Deviance3
SOC 215Sociology of the Family3
SOC 222Gender and Social Change3
SOC 248Social Movements3
SPA 480ASeminar: Women Writers of Spain and America3

Open Electives (37-48 Credits)

Open Electives
Select 37-48 credits37-48
Total Credits37-48