Bachelor of Arts (BA) Degree with a Major in Study Of Women, Gender and Sexuality

Program Learning Outcomes for the BA Degree with a Major in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality

Upon completing the BA degree with a major in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an awareness of the diversity of feminist thought in the past and present.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with key issues in the study of women’s lives and histories.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge of social, political, and cultural features of gender and sexuality in the US and globally.
  4. Understand diverse global feminist perspectives, including critical race studies and feminist contributions to social and critical theory.
  5. Demonstrate knowledge of the feminist concept of engaged research based upon cumulative practice as engaged researchers in extra-classroom activities.
  6. Develop skill in analytical writing as well as oral and visual presentation.

Requirements for the BA Degree with a Major in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality

For general university requirements, see Graduation Requirements. Students pursuing the BA degree with a major in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality must complete: 

  • A minimum of 12-13 courses (36-37 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A minimum of 120 credit hours to satisfy degree requirements.
  • A minimum of 60 credit hours outside of major requirements. 
  • A maximum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from a single department course offering/subject code outside of the SWGS course offerings/subject code (or not cross-listed with the SWGS course offerings/subject code).
  • A minimum of 5 courses (15 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above. 

Students who are pursuing two majors (i.e., are double majors) and have declared the major in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality must complete:

  • A minimum of 10-11 courses (30-31 credit hours) to satisfy major requirements.
  • A maximum of 4 courses (12 credit hours) from a single department course offering/subject code outside of the SWGS course offerings/subject code (or not cross-listed with the SWGS course offerings/subject code).
  • A minimum of 5 courses (15 credit hours) taken at the 300-level or above. 

Double majors who drop the other major are required to meet the requirements listed for single majors. 

All students must work out their individual courses of study with their faculty advisors. Each student’s course of study must be approved by the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality advisor. Course requirement tracking forms are available in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality office.

The courses listed below satisfy the requirements for this major. In certain instances, courses not on this official list may be substituted upon approval of the major’s academic advisor (or official certifier). Students and their academic advisors should identify and clearly document the courses to be taken.

Summary

Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (for single majors)36-37
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality (for double majors) 130-31
Total Credit Hours Required for the BA Degree with a Major in Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality120

Degree Requirements

Core Requirements
SWGS 101INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN & GENDER3
or SWGS 201 INTRODUCTION TO LESBIAN, GAY, BISEXUAL, AND TRANSGENDER STUDIES
Select 1 Non-Western Studies Elective (see below for course list)3
Select 1 Critical Race Studies Elective (see below for course list)3
Select 1 from the following:3
HISTORY OF FEMINISM
1 Theory Elective (see below for course list)
Research, Practicum, and Seminar
Select 1 of the following:6-7
Research, Practicum, and Seminar
PRE-SEMINAR IN ENGAGED RESEARCH
ENGAGED RESEARCH PRACTICUM
ENGAGED RESEARCH SEMINAR
Honors Research and Thesis:
RESEARCH IN THE STUDY OF WOMEN GENDER SEXUALITY
RESEARCH IN THE STUDY OF WOMEN GENDER SEXUALITY
Elective Requirements 2
Select 6 courses from department approved electives or from additional electives in Non-Western, Critical Race Studies, or Theory (see below for course lists) 318
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Women, Gender and Sexuality (for single majors)36-37
Total Credit Hours Required for the Major in Women, Gender and Sexuality (for double majors)30-31
Additional Credit Hours to Complete BA Degree Requirements23-30
University Graduation Requirements *60
Total Credit Hours 120

Footnotes and Additional Information 

Elective Requirements

Students must select a minimum of 1 course (3 credit hours) from Non-Western Studies and a minimum of 1 course (3 credit hours) from Critical Race Studies. If SWGS 345/HIST 340 is not selected as a Core Requirement, students must select a minimum of 1 course (3 credit hours) from Theory electives. To fulfill the remaining major requirements, students must complete a total of 6 courses (18 credit hours) from the department approved electives, or from additional electives in Non-Western Studies, Critical Race Studies, or Theory.3 Course offerings may vary from year to year, students are urged to consult with the undergraduate advisor or with the director at the beginning of each semester.

Non-Western Studies Electives
Select 1 from the following:3
GENDER AND POLITICIZED RELIGION
SEX, MONEY, AND POWER AROUND THE WORLD
GENDER AND ISLAM
MODERN GIRL AND ASIA IN THE WORLD
HUMAN DEVELOPMENT IN GLOBAL AND LOCAL COMMUNITIES
WOMEN IN CHINESE LITERATURE
CULTURES OF SEXUALITY
GENDER HISTORIES OF MODERN CHINA
Critical Race Studies Electives
Select 1 from the following: 3
U.S. WOMEN'S HISTORY I: COLONIAL BEGINNINGS TO THE CIVIL WAR
U.S. WOMEN'S HISTORY II: CIVIL WAR TO THE PRESENT
THE AMERICAN WEST AND ITS OTHERS
19TH CENTURY WOMEN'S NARRATIVES
SEX AND GENDER IN MODERN JEWISH CULTURE
CHICANO/A LITERATURE
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
SOCIOLINGUISTICS
STUDIES IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN'S CULTURE
Theory Electives
Select 1 from the following:3
HISTORY OF FEMINISM
FEMINIST THEORY
FEMINIST KNOWLEDGES
STUDIES IN FEMINIST LITERARY THEORY
QUEER THEORY
FEMINIST LITERARY THEORY
Department Approved Electives
Select 6 from the following: 318
INTRODUCTION TO FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY
WOMEN AND NAZI GERMANY
LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY
WOMEN IN GREECE AND ROME
MEDICINE AND MEDIA
ARTHURIAN LITERATURE
GENDER AND SCIENCE
CHAUCER
HUMAN SEXUALITY
THE FUTURE OF FOOD: FEMINIST, QUEER, AND CRITICAL APPROACHES
DIVINE SEX: GENDER AND DIVINITY IN THE MIDDLE AGES
GENDER, SEXUALITY AND THE ADAPTATION OF TRANSNATIONAL LITERATURE TO PERFORMANCE
SOCIOLOGY OF GENDER
SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY
TOPICS IN WOMEN WRITERS
PSYCHOLOGY OF GENDER
SEX, SELF, AND SOCIETY IN ANCIENT GREECE
MASCULINITIES
THE LIFE CYCLE: A BIOCULTURAL VIEW
THE ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE HISTORICAL IMAGINATION
JANE AUSTEN'S WORLDS
SEMINAR ON LOVE: MAKING LOVE IN MODERN ART AND THOUGHT
GENDER AND SYMBOLISM
ILLNESS, DISABILITY, AND THE GENDERED BODY
EUROPEAN WOMEN FILMMAKERS
NEW GERMAN FILM: HITLER'S CINEMATIC CHILDREN
QUEER LITERARY CULTURES
LITERATURE AND CULTURE OF THE US-MEXICO BORDERLANDS
AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
SURVEY OF VICTORIAN FICTION
LITERATURE OF THE AMERICAS
SEXUAL DEBATES IN THE U.S.: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS OF SUPREME COURTS DECISIONS
YOUTH STUDIES
TRENDS IN HISPANIC CINEMA
SCIENCE, FEMINISM AND CHRISTIANITY IN THE AMERICAN 20TH CENTURY
THE TEN MOST IMPORTANT SUPREME COURT DECISIONS IN U.S. HISTORY
CONSTRUCTING IDENTITIES IN MODERN FICTION
SWGS 405 / ENGL 443
AUSTEN ONLY: NOVELS & FILM
WOMEN, SEXUALITY & LITERARY
WOMEN IN FRANCE
SEEING SEX IN EUROPEAN ART, 1400-1700
WOMEN IN MUSIC
STUDIES IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
20TH-21ST CENTURY AMERICAN STUDIES
GENDER AND HEALTH
ADVANCED SEMINAR IN POVERTY, JUSTICE, AND CAPABILITIES
TOPICS IN RICHARDSON'S CLARISSA
GENDER AND HOLLYWOOD CINEMA IN THE 1950'S
INDEPENDENT STUDY

Policies for the BA Degree with a Major in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality

Transfer Credit 

For Rice University’s policy regarding transfer credit, see Transfer Credit. Some departments and programs have additional restrictions on transfer credit. The Office of Academic Advising maintains the university’s official list of transfer credit advisors on their website: http://oaa.rice.edu. Students are encouraged to meet with their academic program’s transfer credit advisor when considering transfer credit possibilities. 

Departmental Transfer Credit Guidelines

Students pursuing the major in Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality should be aware of the following departmental transfer credit guidelines:

  • Requests for transfer credit will be considered by the program director (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 

For additional information, please see the Center for the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality website: https://cswgs.rice.edu/

Opportunities for the BA Degree with a Major in the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality

Academic Honors

The university recognizes academic excellence achieved over an undergraduate’s academic history at Rice. For information on university honors, please see Latin Honors (summa cum laude, magna cum laude, and cum laude) and Distinction in Research and Creative Work. Some departments have department-specific Honors awards or designations.

Honors Program

Students wishing to pursue the Study of Women, Gender and Sexuality Honors Program will complete a thesis. The process of preparing the thesis begins in the late spring of the junior year.

In that spring semester, the student chooses an advisor from the SWGS faculty and with that advisor produces a proposal for a research project. The proposal must be approved by the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality major advisor by the last day of the exam period in the spring of the junior year.

In the fall of the senior year, students enroll in SWGS 498 for directed research supervised by a CSWGS faculty affiliate and are in regular consultation with their advisors.

In the spring of the senior year, students enroll in SWGS 499 and work closely with their advisors as they complete the thesis. Honors students present their projects in a public event at the end of the semester.

Research, Practicum, and Seminar 

The Engaged Research Practicum and Seminar courses (SWGS 494, SWGS 496, and SWGS 497) are open to non-majors. Permission of the instructor is required as well as some background in the study of women, gender or sexuality.

See https://humanities.rice.edu/student-life for tables of fellowships, prizes, and internships/practica that may be relevant to this major.