GWS MAJOR

 

About the GWS Major

Gender and Women’s Studies pays special attention to developing the ability of students to think critically, evaluate evidence, construct logical arguments, engage in moral reasoning, and write well. Graduates of Gender and Women’s Studies programs have found employment in such diverse fields as social services, criminal justice, publishing, teaching, educational administration, health services, and public policy advocacy. A major in Gender and Women’s Studies is a good basis from which to apply to graduate school as well as to professional schools like law and journalism.

 

Core Courses


Semester Hours
GWS 101: Gender in Everyday Life 3
GWS 102: Global Perspectives on Women and Gender 3
GWS 292: Histories and Theories of Feminism 3
GWS 390: Feminisms and Social Change 3

Breadth Courses

Three courses from each of the following categories:

Culture and Representation
Science, Health, and the Body
Feminism, Social Policy, and the State Sexuality and Society
GWS 111, 117, 120, 192, 204, 211, 244, 261, 272, 275, 276, 304, 311, 361, 363, 406, 413, 428, 439, 462, 469, 472
GWS 214, 238, 262, 312, 315, 419, 441, 450, 4625
GWS 110, 202, 224, 232, 259, 262, 275, 276, 356, 406, 412, 424, 425, 428, 462, 478, ,484, 485 GWS 117, 203, 204, 211, 224, 232, 252, 272, 290, 304, 311, 362, 363, 403, 419, 462, 484, 484, 490

Elective Courses:

Four GWS or Cross-Listed Courses are required.

Please note:
  • No more than 9 hours can be at the 100 level.
  • At least 6 hours must be at the 400 level
  • The same course cannot count toward more than one category requirement for the major.
  • No more than 3 ours of GWS 396 may be applied to the major.
  • GWS 292 fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.
  • In addition to the specified course work above, the student must fulfill certain other requirements to be awarded the Bachelor of Arts Degree. 

 

Becoming a GWS Major

Please contact Allison James
LAS Academic Advisor for AAST, English, GWS, and LALS
University Hall, 3rd floor
601 S Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60607
Email: ajames25@uic.edu 
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