To declare the Gender and Women’s Studies major, the student must have completed either GWS 10 or GWS 20. To complete the major, students must take two of the three gateway courses (GWS 10, GWS 20, LGBT 20AC).
If a student has decided that this is what they want to major in, we recommend they officially declare as soon as they are prepared, which means they have taken, or are enrolled in, their prerequisites. Declared majors will have priority consideration for enrollment in upper division GWS courses, so it is to their advantage to declare as early as possible.
YES!! The department will accept a maximum of two to fulfill the major elective requirements and they can be taken in another department or at another four-year institution, including EAP courses. However, the focus of these courses must be in gender, women or sexuality. Community college courses are not upper division level courses.
The department offers each core class once a year. We try to offer as many electives as possible depending on the teaching resources available. We often rotate our elective course offerings, but some courses are only taught once every 3-4 semesters.
YES! The department of GWS keeps students’ final and exam papers on file for one year, so if you take a course in the fall semester you will be able to pick it up the following fall semester. All other papers should be retrieved from the instructor.
First, check your final exam, available in the departmental office at 608 Barrows for instructor comments. If you want to contest your grade after reviewing your exam, contact the instructor of the class and try to resolve it. If the two of you cannot solve the problem, write a formal complaint to the chair of GWS. The chair will review your complaint, speak with the instructor and make a final decision. If the student is unsatisfied with the chair’s final decision, the student can petition the Dean’s office in L&S to review the grade.
If a mistake has been made, the instructor will submit a grade change with the Registrar’s Office. Grade changes cannot be made based on reassessment of coursework but only because of a clerical error.