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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Gender and Women’s Studies, B.A.

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Gender, women’s, and 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 and transnational 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. The major empowers students to imagine a more just future and equips them with the tools to collectively enact it.

University Requirements

Completion of Minimum University Requirements for an Undergraduate Baccalaureate Degree .

  • Minimum 120 credits and minimum GPA of 2.0
  • Completion of 45 upper-level credits, residence requirement, Writing Intensive requirement, and General Education requirement

Major Requirements

  • Minimum 36 credits
  • Minimum grade of ‘C’ in courses applied to the major
  • Students completing the Critical Sexuality Studies Minor  may share a maximum of two courses between programs

Course Requirements

Elective Courses (21 credits)

Complete 21 elective credits: 12 credits must be from the three content areas as listed below, plus an additional 9 credits of GWST courses. Of these 21 elective credits, 6 credits must be designated Range of Experience (RoE) courses and 15 must at the 300 level and above. Students have the option to take up to 3 credits of independent study and 3 credits of internship towards completion of the major. Selected topics courses (GWST 290, GWST 292, GWST 390, GWST 392, GWST 490, GWST 492) may also be counted toward the 21 credits in electives.

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