Major

 

Why Major in GWS?  
 
What is Gender and Women’s Studies? 
Gender and Women’s Studies is UK’s department for transnational study of gender, race, class, and sexuality.  
Gender and Women’s Studies teaches students how to analyze and engage with social inequalities in hopes of contributing to a more just society and worldwide democracy. 
Gender and Women’s Studies trains people in both quantitative and qualitative reasoning to arrive at productive solutions to contemporary social issues. 
GWS at UK is one of the most flexible majors that the College of Arts and Sciences offers.  It is perfect for students who want to double major or spend a semester abroad.  
 
Who takes Gender and Women’s Studies classes at UK?
Anyone wanting to fulfill UK Core requirements (specifically for intellectual inquiry, social science and humanities; US citizenship; global citizenship) will enroll in GWS classes. 
GWS courses attract students of all genders from a variety of majors and colleges who want to see immediate application and relevance of what they are studying. 
Marginalized and underrepresented students – such as students of color, international students, first-generation collegians, Appalachian students, and gay/lesbian/trans/queer students – seek out GWS classes in disproportionate numbers. 
 
What do you do with a Gender and Women’s Studies degree?
1.  A GWS degree prepares students for employment in the law, medicine, and health professions; in the nonprofit sector as educators, philanthropists, administrators, and advocates for community development and service; in political life as policy analysts, speechwriters, officials, and international diplomats; in media and design; and in business, as diversity officers and socially conscious entrepreneurs. 
2.  At UK, so far many of our majors have been scholars-in-training who have sought out graduate studies in a variety of fields.  
More than 50% of our most recent graduating cohort went to their top choice in graduate education, including Indiana University, Ohio State University, University of California at Santa Barbara, and University of Kentucky. 
Graduate school admissions committees like to see GWS on students’ applications because it signals an outside-the-box thinker with interdisciplinary analytical skills. 
 
Who teaches Gender and Women’s Studies? 
UK’s GWS faculty are award-winning scholars whose research and publication records exceed university standards. GWS also has more than fifty affiliated faculty from numerous colleges and departments. Go to http://gws.as.uky.edu/faculty for our impressive list of faculty.
Only 4 of the 18 classes scheduled for fall 2013 are taught by graduate students.  All other courses are taught by faculty with doctorates and many years of teaching experience. 
UK’s GWS faculty is exceptionally diverse in terms of representing a variety of races, ethnicities, sexualities, and nationalities.
 

 

 
REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR

Below find the list of courses required for the new GWS major that we launched in Fall Semester 2009. Students must take 42 hours in addition to the pre-major requirements. In addition, 24 hours must be at the 300 level or above. 

Pre-major Requirements (6 hours)
Core Courses Requirements (15 hours)
GWS and Approved Departmental Electives (15 hours)
Allied Courses (i.e. no GWS prefix) (12 hours)

I. Pre-Major Requirements (6 hours are required)

  1. GWS 200  Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies in the Social Sciences. (offered Fall and Spring semesters)
  2. GWS 201  Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies in the Humanities. (offered Fall and Spring semesters)

II. Major Requirements (30 major credit hours, which includes 15 in core courses and 15 in GWS electives or GWS approved electives)

A. Core Courses (15 hours)

  1. GWS 250 - Gender and Social Movements (offered fall semester) OR
  2. GWS 340 - History of Feminist Thought to 1977 (normally offered in the fall semester)
  3. GWS 350 - Introduction to Feminist Theorizing (normally offered in the spring semester)
  4. GWS 400 - Doing Feminist Research (normally offered in the spring semester)
  5. GWS 599 - Senior Seminar (normally offered in the spring semester)

B. Current GWS Electives

  1. GWS 300 Topics in Gender and Women’s Studies
  2. GWS 395 Independent Study in GWS
  3. GWS 399 Internship in GWS
  4. GWS 416 Gender Roles in Cross-Cultural Comparison
  5. GWS 430 Gender, Power and Violence
  6. GWS 595 Issues in Gender and Women’s Studies

C. Approved Departmental Electives

The Program creates a list of courses that count towards the Major every semester at least two weeks before Registration. 

III. Allied Courses (12 hours)

These course electives must be outside GWS (i.e. without the GWS prefix), but related to your GWS interests. They may include foreign language courses.

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