Mar 28, 2020  
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 
Undergraduate Catalog 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Women and Gender Studies - BA

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Foundational Courses

Foundational Courses must be completed before embarking upon the major. Students with appropriate background may be exempted from some or all Foundational Courses. See department for proper placement.

  • ENGL 12000 - Expository Writing
  • Hunter Core Requirement Courses leading to (foundational) or within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY Common Core [CCC], Hunter Focus, Concurrent Requirements). When selecting courses, it may be to a student’s advantage to choose courses that count toward the Hunter Core Requirement and also advance the student on the path to the major. Details on the Hunter Core Requirement can be found here: Hunter Core Requirement .  


The Women and Gender Studies Program offers a 27-credit major. The 27 required credits are distributed as follows:

Electives - 6 credits

Students will be required to take two elective classes (6 credits). One (3 credits) of the two elective classes MUST be in a different Area of Concentration than their primary one. At least one of the classes in your Area of Concentration or an elective must be 300 level or above.

Minor in Women and Gender Studies - 12 credits

The Minor in Women and Gender Studies requires students to take 12 credits: Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGS 10000  ), Classics in Feminist Thought (WGS 20100 ) , Transnational Feminisms (WGS 24400  ) and one elective course from one of the six areas of concentration.

WGS 10000 - Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies  , must be completed before WGS 20100 - Classics in Feminist Thought (W)  and WGS 24400 - Transnational Feminisms .

Research Seminar

Majors may satisfy the Senior Seminar requirement of the major by enrolling in the Research Seminar (WGS 31000 ) This course serves as a capstone course in which WGS majors apply feminist theory and methodology to develop an original research project resulting in a substantial paper.


In order to graduate with honors in Women and Gender Studies, a student must have a 3.5 GPA in the Women and Gender Studies major and a college-wide cumulative index of at least 3.0. Students should submit a 18-20 page paper written for any Women and Gender Studies 300 level class including but not limited to the Research Seminar (WGS 31000 ). The student must submit the paper by March 30 (for June graduation) and October 30 (for December graduation) to be considered for program honors. A faculty committee will read submitted papers and determine whether they merit honors.

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