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 skills in analytical writing as well as in 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), depending on course selection, 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 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), depending on course selection, to satisfy major requirements.

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 SWGS Undergraduate 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 where applicable, the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies. (Course substitutions must be formally applied and entered into Degree Works by the major's 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 course from Non-Western Studies Electives (see course list below)3
Select 1 course from Critical Race Studies Electives (see course list below)3
Select 1 course from Theory Electives (see course list below)3
Research, Practicum, and Seminar
Select 1 from 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 elective courses from department approved electives or from additional elective courses in Non-Western, Critical Race Studies, or Theory Electives (see course lists below) 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 

Course Lists to Satisfy Requirements

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 elective courses in Non-Western Studies, Critical Race Studies, or Theory Electives.3 Course offerings may vary from year to year, and students are urged to consult with the undergraduate advisor or with the director at the beginning of each semester.

Non-Western Studies Electives

Select at least 1 course from the following:3
SEX AND RACE IN THE FRENCH ATLANTIC
SEX, MONEY, AND POWER AROUND THE WORLD
GENDER AND ISLAM
MODERN GIRL AND ASIA IN THE WORLD
WOMEN IN CHINESE LITERATURE
CULTURES OF SEXUALITY

 Critical Race Studies Electives 

Select at least 1 course from the following: 3
BLACK VENUS/VÉNUS NOIRE: REPRESENTATIONS OF BLACK WOMEN IN THE LONG 19TH CENTURY
SEX AND RACE IN THE FRENCH ATLANTIC
RACE, GENDER, CLASS ON FILM
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
YOUTH STUDIES
SOCIOLINGUISTICS
STUDIES IN AFRICAN AMERICAN LITERATURE
LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN'S CULTURE

Theory Electives  

Select at least 1 course from the following:3
TRANSGENDER STUDIES
HISTORY OF FEMINISM
FEMINIST THEORY
FEMINIST STUDIES

 Department Approved Electives 

Select up to 6 courses from the following (or select additional courses from the course lists above): 318
FEMINIST SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY STUDIES
FEMINIST FABULATIONS: SF BY WOMEN
INTRODUCTION TO FEMINIST PHILOSOPHY
LANGUAGE AND SOCIETY
MEDICINE AND MEDIA
ARTHURIAN LITERATURE
GENDER AND SCIENCE
CHAUCER
HUMAN SEXUALITY
THE FUTURE OF FOOD: FEMINIST, QUEER, AND CRITICAL APPROACHES
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 ANTHROPOLOGY OF THE HISTORICAL IMAGINATION
JANE AUSTEN'S WORLDS
SEMINAR ON LOVE: MAKING LOVE IN MODERN ART AND THOUGHT
ILLNESS, DISABILITY, AND THE GENDERED BODY
NEW GERMAN FILM: HITLER'S CINEMATIC CHILDREN
QUEER LITERARY CULTURES
SURVEY OF VICTORIAN FICTION
SEXUAL DEBATES IN THE U.S.: SOCIAL AND CULTURAL CONTEXTS OF SUPREME COURTS DECISIONS
TRENDS IN HISPANIC CINEMA
SCIENCE, FEMINISM AND CHRISTIANITY IN THE AMERICAN 20TH CENTURY
FREEDOM OF SPEECH
WOMEN IN FRANCE
SEEING SEX IN EUROPEAN ART, 1400-1700
GENDER AND HEALTH
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: https://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 the 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 SWGS Undergraduate Advisor (and/or the program’s official transfer credit advisor) on an individual case-by-case basis. 

Distribution Credit Information

DI courses in CSWGS are broad in theme and scope and prompt students to probe knowledge about how gender and sexuality are crucial components of political life, social life, and general well-being. They involve a broad, interdisciplinary spectrum of such knowledge and provide students with the tools for thinking critically about formations of gender and sexuality in diverse contexts.

Current DI courses are 100- and 200-level introductions to the study of women and gender and to LGBT studies. Current 300-level courses are usually specialized and more focused topic courses and usually do not have DI status, but instructors may initiate requests for DI status for a 300-level course that meets the above criteria. 

Our 400-level courses are highly specialized, capstone, and/or honors courses and do not have DI status. Cross-listed courses, ranging from 100- to 400-levels, receive DI status according to the originating department's criteria. 

The instructor initiates the request for DI status.

Additional Information 

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 research-based thesis under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students wishing to undertake an honors thesis should confirm their eligibility with the SWGS Undergraduate Advisor in the spring of their junior year.

Requirements for admission to the program are: 

  • a major in SWGS
  • a cumulative Rice GPA at the end of the junior year of at least 3.00
  • a SWGS major GPA of at least 3.50

The process of preparing the thesis begins in the spring of the junior year, when 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 SWGS Undergraduate 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.

The length and content of the thesis is to be coordinated with the student's faculty advisor, but generally honors theses are between 40-50 double-spaced pages in length. The bibliography and theoretical apparatus of the thesis must demonstrate an informed engagement with feminist, gender, and sexuality studies. 

Students wishing to undertake an honors thesis combining SWGS with another discipline in a substantive way, should select one primary discipline (e.g. Anthropology, Biology, English, etc.) for their thesis home department and work with an advisor in each discipline to create a hybrid thesis in terms of content, methods, and theoretical orientations.

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.

Additional Information 

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

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