Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements:

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are GSWS 3097 and GSWS 4396.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements:

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement are ENG 1801 Career Seminar and PSY 1002 Careers in Psychology.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Graduation Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa.  (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (36 credits in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies):

Introductory Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies courses
GSWS 1301Foundations in Women's Studies3
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies elective numbered 1000-19993
GSWS 2051Critical Race Theory and Feminist Implications3
GSWS 3097Feminist Theory3
Elective Courses
Select two courses in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies at any level (numbered 0800-4999)6
Select two courses in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies numbered 2000-49996
Select one elective from the GSWS Sexuality Electives List3
Select one elective from the GSWS Race Electives List3
Two-course sequence 1
GSWS 4389Field Work in Women's Studies3
GSWS 4396Research Seminar in Women's Studies3
Sexuality Electives
The American Sexual Past
Sexuality and Gender in American History
Getting Medieval: Gender, Sex, and Power
Europe and the Other
Religion and Human Sexuality East & West
Topics in LGBT Studies
Gay and Lesbian Lives
Politics, Rights and Sexual Orientation
Sex & Society
Gay and Lesbian Lives
Sexual Differences in the Cinema
GSWS Race and Diversity Electives
The Literature of American Slavery
History of Blacks in Cinema
Black Politics in America
Mass Media and the Black Community
The Black Woman
Black Social and Political Thought
Critical Readings in African American History
The Black Family
The Black Child: Development and Socialization
Women Writers in Black Literature
Dimensions of Racism
Asian Diaspora
African American Experiences
Peoples of Latin America
Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
People and Culture of the Middle East
Peoples of South Asia
Asian American Experiences
Asian Women in Transition
Language and Race
Social Issues in Literature
African-American Literature II
Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures
Language and Race
Studies in African-American Literary Genre
The Harlem Renaissance
African-American Literary Criticism
Blacks/Literature/Drama/Media
Topics in Postcolonial Literature
Postcolonial Theory
African Development
East and South Asia
Urban Systems in the Global Economy
African Americans in Philadelphia
Gender, Race, Class, and the City
African American History to 1865
African American History 1865-Present
Race and the U.S. Constitution
Introduction to Latin America
Asian American History
Civilization and Modernity in the Caribbean
Third World Issues through Film
Modern Islamic History
Imperialism, Race, and Empire
African Diaspora
Anti-Semitism/Holocaust/Racism
Jewish Diaspora
Colonial North Africa in European History
African American Church and Black Liberation
Jewish Experience in America
Southern Africa: A History
The Chinese Revolution
Contemporary China
Modern India
Women and Society in Japan
History of Vietnam
History of Brazil
Puerto Rican History
Caliban's World: Cultural Politics in the 20th Century Americas
Israel: History, Politics and Society
Modern Middle East
Third World Women's Lives
Colonialism and Decolonization
Topics in Latino Studies
Topics in Caribbean Studies
Latin America through Film and Fiction
Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
Latino Identity in the U.S.
California Dreams, California Nightmares
"Other Voices" in Latin American Literature
African Culture in Brazil
African American Political Theory
Racial and Ethnic Stratification
Latinos, Race and Ethnicity
East to America: The Sociology of Asian Americans
Constructing Race and Ethnicity
Social Inequality
Sexuality and Gender
Total Credit Hours36
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The final requirement for the major is a two-course sequence. This sequence should be taken during the major's last three semesters of enrollment. Students will select a field assignment (internship) with the assistance of the advising coordinator. This sequence is designed for students to learn how to write a research paper.

Distinction in Major

Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies students may graduate with a distinction in the major if they have a GPA of 3.5 or better in the major, a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better, and successfully complete an honors thesis (minimum 3 credits) under the supervision of a faculty member from Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies.

Suggested Academic Plan

Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies

Requirements for New Students starting in the 2016-2017 Academic Year

Year 1
FallCredit Hours
ENG 0802, 0812, or 0902Analytical Reading and Writing [GW]4
GenEd Quantitative Literacy Course [GQ]4
Foreign Language 1001 - first level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
IH 0851 or 0951Mosaic: Humanities Seminar I [GY]3
Foreign Language 1002 - second level4
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GSWS 1301Foundations in Women's Studies3
 Term Credit Hours16
Year 2
Fall
IH 0852 or 0952Mosaic: Humanities Seminar II [GZ]3
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Elective - any level3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College2
Select one of the following:3
Foreign Language - third level
 
GenEd Global/World Society Course
 
Internationally-Focused Course From Approved List
 
 Term Credit Hours17
Spring
GSWS 2051Critical Race Theory and Feminist Implications3
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Elective - 1000-19993
CLA 1002Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors1
GenEd Breadth Course3
GenEd Breadth Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective2
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 3
Fall
GSWS 3097Feminist Theory [WI]3
Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Elective - any level3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
Course from the GSWS Race Electives List3
Course from the GSWS Sexuality Electives List3
CLA/CST 2000+ Humanities/CST Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
One Elective numbered 0800-4999 in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
Year 4
Fall
GSWS 4389Field Work in Women's Studies13
One 2000+ Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Elective3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
 Term Credit Hours15
Spring
GSWS 4396Research Seminar in Women's Studies [WI] (Capstone Course)13
One 2000+ Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Elective3
CLA/CST 2000+ Course3
CLA/CST 0800-4999 Elective3
One 0800-4999 Elective in Any School or College3
 Term Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours: 123
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These courses may not be offered every semester. Please see advisor for offerings.