Gender and women's studies students and faculty studying We offer a major and minor in Gender and Women's Studies (GWS) at Connecticut College. The course descriptions may be found in the college course catalog.

Core requirements for the major include: (Minimum 11 courses)

  1. GWS 103 Sex, Culture and Power: An Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies: A Transnational Feminist Approach (4 credit hours)
  2. GWS 224 Transnational Women’s Movements (4 credit hours) 
  3. GWS 295 Training for Transformation (2 credit hours, offered pass/fail) 
  4. GWS 312 Feminist Social Research Methods (4 credit hours) 
  5. GWS 306 Advanced Readings in Feminist Theory (4 credit hours) 
  6. GWS 400-level course (4 credit hours) 

Additional requirements: 5 additional GWS or cross-listed electives (offered in other departments but cross-listed with GWS and/or GWS electives, at the 200-level or above. At least one must be at the 300-level or above. Not more than 2 courses from a double major can count towards the GWS major.)

Core requirements for the minor include: (Minimum 5 courses)

  1. GWS 103 Sex, Culture and Power: An Introduction to Gender and Women’s Studies (4 credit hours) 
  2. GWS 306 Advanced Readings in Feminist Theory (4 credit hours) 

Additional requirements: 3 courses (offered in other departments but cross-listed with GWS and/or GWS electives).

The double major

Many GWS students double major. The College allows students to count courses cross-listed between major departments for both majors. If women's issues and the study of gender and sexuality are your primary passion, you might want to combine a GWS major with a minor in family policy offered by the human development department; or, for a focus in gender and culture, a minor in anthropology. 

GWS courses as General Education requirements

GWS courses are popular as a part of the General Education program of the College, especially for students who want to deepen their understanding of gender and sexuality, or hone their skills in feminist and LGBT activism. All GWS students gain a rigorous general education through academic work outside of the department.