Gender & Women's Studies, BALAS

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences Major in Gender and Women's Studies


department page:

department website: https://www.gws.illinois.edu/

department faculty: Gender & Women's Studies Faculty


overview of college admissions & requirements: Liberal Arts & Sciences

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


email: gws@illinois.edu


A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your advisor.

Departmental distinction: To be eligible for graduation with distinction, a student must have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.5 and a 3.5 GPA within the major.

High distinction. To be eligible for graduation with high distinction, a student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5, a GPA of 3.7 within the major, and complete a thesis or project in a 400-level GWS course that is approved by the department.

Advising: The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies provides advising for students to help plan a coherent program of study.

for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts & Sciences Major in Gender & Women's Studies


A Major Plan of Study Form must be completed and submitted to the LAS Student Affairs Office before the end of the fifth semester (60-75 hours). Please see your advisor.

Departmental distinction: To be eligible for graduation with distinction, a student must have a cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.5 and a 3.5 GPA within the major.

High distinction. To be eligible for graduation with high distinction, a student must have a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.5, a GPA of 3.7 within the major, and complete a thesis or project in a 400-level GWS course that is approved by the department.

Advising: The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies provides advising for students to help plan a coherent program of study.

General education: Students must complete the Campus General Education requirements including the campus general education language requirement.


Minimum required major and supporting course work: Normally equates to 33 hours. Twelve hours of 300- and 400-level in the major must be taken on this campus.


Minimum hours required for graduation: 120 hours.

Required Courses
GWS 201Race, Gender & Power3
GWS 202Sexualities3
GWS 498Senior Seminar3
GWS 350Feminist & Gender Theory3
or GWS 370 Queer Theory
Additional Coursework 1
At least 15 additional hours of coursework offered by the Gender & Women’s Studies Department, with no more than 3 hours at the 100 or 200 level. Required courses are offered by the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies and are on an approved list maintained in the department office and with the GWS advisor.15
Area Electives
Two courses in Gender and Women's Studies. No more than one may be counted from the 100 or 200 level. For a list of approved courses contact the GWS department or the GWS advisor.6
Of the 33 hours in the major, students must take at least one course focused on transnational or non-U.S. issues. For a list of approved courses contact the GWS department or the GWS advisor.
Total Hours33