Requirements

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Major

The major consists of nine courses, including three required core courses.

GSWS 1101Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies1
GSWS 2201Feminist Theory1
or GSWS 2001 Queer Theory
Select a GSWS-designated, advanced-level capstone seminar1
Select six courses chosen from the set of GSWS courses, or from a set of courses in other disciplines that have been approved by the Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies Program Committee to count toward the major. GSWS courses are numbered to indicate the level of course instruction.6

Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Minor

The minor consists of five courses, including two required courses.

GSWS 1101Introduction to Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies1
GSWS 2201Feminist Theory1
or GSWS 2001 Queer Theory
Select three additional courses3

Additional Information and Program Policies

  • One first-year seminar may count toward the major or minor.
  • With prior approval, GSWS allows up to two transfer courses to count toward the major, one toward the minor. All core courses must be taken at the College.
  • Courses count toward the major if grades of C- or better are earned. One course taken with the Credit/D/Fail grading option may count toward the major as long as a CR (credit) grade is earned for the course. No Credit/D/Fail courses may be counted for the minor.
  • Only three of the six elective courses for the major may be from any single department outside of GSWS.
  • Only two of the three elective courses for the minor may be from any single department outside of GSWS.
  • The departmental affiliation of a course is considered the department of which the instructor is a member.
  • No more than two independent study courses may count toward the major requirements, unless the student is pursuing an honors project, in which case the limit is three independent studies.
  • Honors: during the spring of their junior year, students who wish to undertake an honors project must secure the agreement of a faculty member to supervise their independent study project. The honors project supervisor must be an affiliated faculty member with GSWS. If the student’s chosen supervisor is not an affiliated faculty member, the student may appeal for permission from the GSWS Program Committee. Two semesters of advanced independent work (GSWS 4050 Honors Project in Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies and GSWS 4051 Honors Project in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies) are required for an honors project in GSWS.
  • Departments that offer GSWS Classes include:
    • Africana Studies
    • Anthropology
    • Art
    • Asian Studies
    • Cinema Studies
    • Economics
    • Education
    • English
    • German
    • Government and Legal Studies
    • History
    • Music
    • Philosophy
    • Religion
    • Romance Languages and Literatures
    • Russian
    • Sociology
    • Theater and Dance

This is an excerpt from the official Bowdoin College Catalogue and Academic Handbook. View the Catalogue