Dec 06, 2023  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gender and Women’s Studies, B.A.

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Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry that investigates how gender and sexuality operate as organizing axes of social, cultural, economic and political institutions, as well as in the everyday lives and cultural products of people who must live within them. Emphasizing the importance of historical and cross-cultural perspectives, Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies  at UMBC critically examines the intersections of gender and sexuality with other differences, including, class, race, ethnicity, nationality, age, and ability to make visible structures of power that otherwise remain hidden.

Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies  also offers a Gender and Women’s Studies Certificate , Gender and Women’s Studies Minor , and Critical Sexuality Studies Minor .

The major in Gender and Women’s Studies consists of 36 credits, divided as follows:

Elective Courses (21 credits)

12 credits must be spread across the three content areas - history and public policy; representations as/in culture; and material, social and technological contexts. The remaining nine (9) credits may be from any non-core approved GWST courses, including topics courses (GWST 290 , GWST 292  , GWST 390 , GWST 392  , GWST 490 , GWST 492  ). Six (6) of the 21 credits must be designated “range of experience” (RoE) courses.


A maximum of 6 credits of GWST electives may be taken at the 200 level.

A maximum of three credits of GWST independent studies may be counted toward the major, and a maximum of three GWST internship credits may be counted toward the major.

A grade of “C” or better is required in all courses applied toward the major.

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