May 13, 2021  
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II 
Undergraduate Catalog 2020-2021 - Phase II

Women and Gender Studies - BA

A major in Women and Gender Studies (WGS) trains students to explore gender and its relation to other identity markers such as race, class, ethnicity, sexuality, nation, and religion. By learning and applying intersectional feminist analysis, WGS majors study processes of social and identity formation; how they shape the human experience, and how they produce structures of power and domination. Throughout a rigorous interdisciplinary course of study, WGS majors are expected not only to re-examine the historical record to make visible the experiences of disenfranchised groups but also connect feminist theories to current and concrete social and political contexts.

Hunter Core Requirement

One course within this major may fulfill parts of the Hunter Core Requirement (CUNY C


Course CUNY Common Core Requirement
WGS 10000   Individual and Society (I&S SS)
WGSA 29000 
  Individual and Society (I&S SS)
WGSC 29000  
Indivudual and Society (I&S SS)  
WGSL 29000   Individual and Society (I&S SS)
WGSS 29000   Individual and Society (I&S SS)
WGST 29000   Individual and Society (I&S SS)
WGSS 29300   Individual and Society (I&S SS)






Courses Required for the Major (27 credits)

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 student’s Area of Concentration or electives 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.