GWS MAJOR

 

"My degree in Gender and Women's Studies has given me a intersectional feminist perspective and has overall made me a more open-minded and compassionate person in all areas of my life" -Micala King



About the GWS Major

Gender and Women’s Studies provides undergraduates with an interdisciplinary understanding of the history and representation of gender constructions and sexual identities, the intersections with other social categories such as race and class, and the economic and political implications of gender and sexual differences both in the U.S. and across the globe. Academic inquiry into the changing roles of women and men, gays, lesbians, bisexuals, and transgender people allows students to understand themselves and their relationships with others and helps them make informed choices about their own lives.  Gender and Women’s Studies provides valuable background for students who plan to pursue careers dealing with issues of gender and sexuality.

 

Becoming a GWS Major

Please contact Allison James, Academic Advisor for AAST, English, GWS, and LALS to declare your major or minor.
602 S Morgan St., 309 UH
Chicago, IL 60607
Phone: 312-996-3366
Email: ajames25@uic.edu 

GWS MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

 

Core Courses

Core Course 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. 

GWS Major Forms