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WGSS | BA in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (BA)

Offered by the Critical Race, Gender, and Culture Studies Collaborative, College of Arts and Sciences.

Admission to the Program

Formal admission to the major requires a grade point average of 2.00 (on a 4.00 scale) and the approval of the program director.

University Requirements

  • 120 credit hours with a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or better
  • Completion of college writing requirement
  • Completion of university mathematics requirement

Note: Women's, gender, and sexuality studies majors are advised to take STAT-202 Basic Statistics (4) to fulfill the University Mathematics Requirement.

  • A total of ten courses, consisting of two courses from each of the five foundational areas
  • At least one course from Area Five: The Natural and Mathematical Sciences must include a laboratory science component
  • No more than two courses may be taken in the same discipline

Major Requirements

  • 39 credit hours with grades of C or better, including at least 18 credit hours at the 300-level or above

Course Requirements

Required (15 credit hours)

Multicultural Perspective (3 credit hours)

Complete one course on women and/or gender in multicultural perspective from the following:

Area of Focus (12 credit hours)

  • 12 credit hours (9 of which must be at the 300-level or above) from one of three options: Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, or an individually defined theme or issue.

Note: The same course may not be used to satisfy both the women and/or gender in multicultural perspective requirement (see above) and the area of focus requirement.

Arts and Humanities

Social Sciences

Individually Defined Area of Focus

An individually defined group of four courses (12 credit hours) centered on a particular theme or issue in women's and gender studies, with approval of the program director.

Electives (9 credit hours)

Complete 9 credit hours in elective courses focused on women and/or gender studies, to make a total of 39 credit hours, from a list of courses approved each semester by the program director.

Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees

American University offers students the opportunity to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees through its combined bachelor's/master's programs. See Combined Bachelor's and Master's Degrees for more information.