The Major requires students to take 10 courses, including three foundational courses: GWS 2050 (Gender and the World); a research seminar in Feminist Theory and Methodology, which can be satisfied by GWS 3000 (Independent Study) or equivalent courses in other disciplines with the approval of the GWS director; and GWS 5000 (Integrating Seminar). In addition, GWS majors must take seven electives, at least two of which must be in the social sciences and two in the humanities. Elective courses must carry the GWS attribute, awarded by Director of Academics.

The minor in Gender and Women’s Studies requires students to take a total of six courses including GWS 2050-Gender and the World, and GWS 5000-Integrating Seminar, which is taken as a culminating course.

Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies, Gender and the World, is offered every semester, and the Integrating Seminar is offered every spring. Other courses for the GWS minor or concentration may be may be taken in a variety of departments, reflecting the interdisciplinary nature of gender and women's studies, as long as they are designated with the Gender and Women's Studies attribute (a partial list appears below) on the NOVASIS Master Schedule and/or approved by the Academic Director of the Gender and Women's Studies program.


Additional Information


If you are interested in the program, please fill out an application (vu username and password required).You can also download the GWS brochure below or contact the director of academics, Catherine Kerrison, catherine.kerrison@villanova.edu