Gender, women’s, and sexuality studies is a multidisciplinary field that focuses on the perspectives of gender and sexuality along with class, ethnicity, nationality, and race. It examines ideas about women and men that often are taken for granted and encourages critical thinking across many disciplines, particularly in the humanities and social sciences.
Iowa’s program also analyzes how gender and sexuality shape people’s daily lives, and it probes the relationship between biological sex differences and the social and cultural roles of women and men.
Students interested in this major need to meet the requirements for admission to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
The University of Iowa provides a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students through the Iowa Scholarship Portal. Scholarships are available to first-year, transfer, and currently enrolled students. For additional details on scholarships for your program of study, check directly with the department or college.
The Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in gender, women's, and sexuality studies (GWSS) include these required courses:
- Introduction to Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies
- Gender, Race, and Class in the U.S.
- Gender, Women’s and Sexuality Studies Practicum
- Transnational Feminism
- A GWSS theory course
- A GWSS course with a comparative/non-U.S. focus
- A course focusing on race/ethnicity
- A capstone course involving research
In addition to courses required for this major, students also must complete the general education requirements of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences GE CLAS Core.
To learn about required course work for the major or minor and graduating with honors, see Gender, Women's and Sexuality Studies in the UI General Catalog.