Transfer Students

Welcome to the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies, where we pride ourselves on opening up minds in the exciting cutting edge field of Women, Gender and Sexuality. Thank you for your interest in our department. As a transfer student, you may be considering declaring our major. In order to help you prepare to file your paperwork, we have put together the following information for you. We hope this helps you in finding your way around Berkeley!

Contact information for the GWS Undergraduate Adviser: Althea Grannum-Cummings 608 Barrows Hall (510) 642-8513

Prerequisite Courses for the Major in Gender & Women’s Studies:

  • GWS 10: Introduction to Gender & Women’s Studies
  • GWS 20: Introduction to Feminist Theory
  • For information on community college equivalent courses, please see

Getting Declared in the Major:
Though you indicated an interest in an L&S major in your application, once at Cal, you will need to declare your major. The first step for declaring the major in Gender & Women’s Studies is to complete the prerequisite classes above. Transfer students benefit most by meeting with the department’s Undergraduate Advisor (see above) to learn more about the details of the major; including options for internships; study abroad; special research and the GWS student association. Students can declare the major throughout the academic year. Please feel free to drop by anytime if you have questions regarding the major. Once you are sure that the major is right for you, you can turn in your declaration packet. You can get the declaration materials in 608 Barrows Hall. Please complete the forms and return them to the department Undergraduate Advisor. Once the College receives and approves your declaration, you will be officially declared in the department.


Helpful Resources for Students in the Major: