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Gender & Women's Studies: General

Bachelor of Arts

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Women's Studies offers students the flexibility to pursue their particular interests while gaining a solid historical grounding in feminist theory, cultural production, and social movements. In Women's Studies courses and degree programs students prepare for diverse careers, further graduate study and feminist activisms by developing a sophisticated understanding of gender in a transnational world. The bachelor's program offers both a major and minor with choices from over 50 courses that promote a greater understanding of the past and current status of women around the world and that situate gender in relation to the full scope of human affairs. The program encourages community interaction for hands-on learning, independent study, strong written and oral communication skills, group work, and internet-based research. Many students double major in Women's Studies and another field to better prepare them for their career.

Major Details

College: College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Admissions Requirements:

No Additional Requirements

Website: http://gws.arizona.edu/
Math Required:

General

    This strand involves the general understanding and appreciation of how mathematics is used to solve problems in everyday life. The G-strand does not prepare a student for any further work grounded in mathematics and assumes the student will not proceed beyond the basic Foundations level noted above. Thus only those students whose major requires the most general knowledge of mathematics should take this strand.
General
Second Language Required:

4 Semesters

  • Scoring the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level on an entrance or placement examination administered by The University of Arizona.
  • Completion of a two-course sequence beyond the second semester of post-secondary language instruction.
  • Completion with a C or higher of a 300- or 400-level language course at the post-secondary level.
  • Completion of one course beyond the third semester in combination with an AP (Advanced Placement) score, IB (International Baccalaureate) score or a CLEP (College Level Entrance Program) score determined by the individual language department.
  • An AP, IB, or CLEP language score determined by individual language departments.
  • A minimum of one semester study abroad in a language program approved by the appropriate language department as the equivalent of fourth-semester skill level.
4 Semesters
Fees: No
Pre-Major: No
Available at:
  • Main Campus

Four-Year Plan

Archived plans are available on Degree Search 2011-2016 for many degree plans. These are sample plans. Please work with your academic advisor for more specific and up-to-date requirements.

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UA Course Requirements Units
1st Semester
ENGL 101, First Year Composition 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Second Semester Second Language 4
2nd Semester
ENGL102, First Year Composition 3
PHIL 110, Logic & Critical Thinking, or MATH 105, Math in Modern Society or higher level math 3
Tier I General Education 3
Tier I General Education 3
Third Semester Second Language 4
3rd Semester
Tier I General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
Fourth Semester Second Language 4
GWS 240 Gender in a Transnational World: An Introduction to Women's Studies 3
GWS 200-level core elective 3
4th Semester
Tier II General Education 3
Tier II General Education 3
GWS Elective 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
5th Semester
GWS 305 Feminist Theories 3
GWS Elective 3
Minor 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
6th Semester
GWS UD elective 3
GWS UD elective 3
GWS UD elective 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
7th Semester
GWS 498 Senior Capstone 3
GWS UD elective 3
GWS UD elective 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
8th Semester
GWS UD elective 3
Minor 3
Elective 3
UD elective 3
UD elective 3

AZ Transfer Pathways

This page is designed for in-state transfer students who plan to attend the University of Arizona. The information presented lists the most accurate course equivalencies and may not include all possible requirements. Transfer students are strongly encouraged to use this site for reference only and not for self-advising.

Transfer students should work with their community colleges and UA advisors to develop an individualized plan for transfer, and visit aztransfer.com

  • All posted Pathways (except for Bachelor of Applied Science Pathways) fulfill an AGEC and most also fulfill an Associate Degree
  • Following a Pathway does not guarantee admission to the UA nor admission to a college/major/program at the UA
  • Use Pathways in consultation with advisors from your community college and the UA
  • Pathways are subject to change at any time

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Career Planning

A major in Gender and Women’s Studies combines a strong historical foundation with communications and critical analysis skills, and provides students with knowledge of feminist theory, cultural production, social movements, and sexuality and race theory. Graduates are prepared to pursue a wide variety of career paths either directly related to gender issues (such as activism, outreach, or policy) or to which they can apply a lens of gender, culture, and social systems (including journalism, public relations, sales, creative arts, or education). This major is also excellent preparation for graduate studies in Gender and Women’s Studies, cultural studies, English, education, public health, geography, media arts, and many other fields.Gender and Women’s Studies, like many majors, teaches content and skills that can be applied to a wide variety of career fields. This major does not restrict you to a specific field. Following are career possibilities that may most closely relate to this major. Many of the career areas and job titles below require an advanced degree.

Potential Career Areas

  • Education
  • Activism
  • Health care
  • Arts promotion or sales
  • Journalism
  • Public relations
  • Outreach
  • Communications

Sample Employers

  • Colleges and universities
  • Magazines
  • Websites
  • Nonprofit agencies
  • Activist organizations
  • Political campaigns
  • Clinics and hospitals
  • Social service organizations
  • Bookstores
  • Publishing houses
  • Public relations firms

Sample Job Titles and National Salary Range

Job Title Salary Range
Women¿s Rights Activist $32,000 - $75,000
Women¿s Health Policy Analyst $30,000 - $60,000
Gender or Ethnic Studies Instructor, Postsecondary $36,000 - $68,000
Bookseller $20,000 - $25,000
Medical Ethicist $37,737 - $61,732
Health Educator $25,000 - $50,000
Public Relations Assistant $18,000 - $30,000
Magazine Researcher $14,000 - $35,000
Newspaper Columnist $20,000 - $80,000
Human Services Worker $17,900 - $27,280
Government Affairs Specialist $30,000 - $60,000
Women¿s Ministry Director $18,500 - $36,200
Internet Editorial Writer $22,000 - $125,000
Victim Advocate $25,000 - $55,000
Community Organizer $18,000 - $45,000