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Gender Studies Major BA

Gender studies offers students an interdisciplinary examination of the role of gender across the spectrum of human experience. The program investigates how gender functions and shapes the lives and experiences of women and men, including the institutional, social, and scientific forces that create meaning around gender, the struggles and achievements of women across cultures and time, and the study of GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender) identity and communities.

Courses in the gender studies program invite students to explore topics such as: the social construction of femininity and masculinity from both historical and contemporary perspectives; the intersections of gender with race, class, religion, nationality, age, sexual orientation and other social categories; gender and the body; gender and sexual identity as organizing factors in social institutions and creative production; gender within international contexts; and feminist theory.

The gender studies program consists of a core set of courses taught by faculty from a variety of disciplines as well as electives from across the university. Students in the program build their understanding of gender through academic study as well as community-based learning and action. The curriculum as a whole enables students to develop the analytic and communication skills crucial to professional success, while at the same time deepening their understanding of the history and contemporary dynamics of gender.

Acceptance to the Program

To be eligible for acceptance to the Gender Studies major, students must submit a College of Arts and Sciences Undergraduate Program Declaration Form. Consult with a faculty advisor before enrolling in courses toward the major.

Prerequisite (2 credits)

Requirements (36 total credits)

  • At least half of the credits for the major must be completed at Metropolitan State University.
  • Up to 12 lower division credits (100 and 200 level courses) may be applied to the major.
  • Students should select electives in consultation with a program advisor.
  • Transfer courses may be applicable to major requirements. The university's degree audit will specify transfer courses that are directly equivalent to major requirements; other transfer courses must be approved by a faculty advisor in the program or one of the coordinators of the Gender Studies Program.

Core Courses

Electives (to reach 36 credits)