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Course Requirements


The gender studies program is an interdisciplinary program that seeks to provide an open inquiry into the ways in which gender and sexuality inform constructions of identity, societies and ideologies across race, ethnicities, social class and historical periods.

Course topics, materials, and activities are offered from a perspective that advocates equality and emphasizes the importance of the role of gender and sexuality in shaping experience.

The major in gender studies is designed by the student, with help from advisors, to suit individual needs and interests. Concurrent completion of one of the majors listed on p. 12 of the Catalog is required. Students are required to complete the capstone experience during their senior year.

Four-Year Plan

The following represents one of many paths students can take to complete a major in Gender Studies.  Note that students typically take four courses per semester for a total of eight each year. Check the Coe catalog to review all of your options.

First Year

  • GS-107 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • ENG-187/ -188 Gender and Literature: United States Pluralism

Second Year

  • COM-236 Intercultural Communication
  • RHE-277 Cultural Studies
  • GS-216 Gender in the Non-Western World

Third Year

  • PHL-277 Philosophy of Gender and Race
  • COM-357 Sex, Race, and Gender in the Media
  • GS-327 Theory and Methods in Gender and Sexuality Studies

Fourth Year

  • EDU-387 Human Relations
  • GS-405 Gender and Sexuality Studies Capstone