Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies

 

Requirements

A total of nine courses are required to complete the major in Gender Studies.

 

One Lower Division Course

Choose one of the following two courses to fill the lower division requirement.

  • SWMS 210gm, Social Analysis of Gender (also fills GE Cat 6, for students enrolled prior to Fall 2015; GE-C for students first enrolled at USC in Fall 2015 or after), OR
  • SWMS 215gp, Gender Conflict across Cultural Contexts (also fills GE Cat 6, for students enrolled prior to Fall 2015; GE-B and GE-H for students first enrolled at USC in Fall 2015 or after)

 

Upper Division: Three Required Courses
  • SWMS 301gm, Feminist Theory: An Introduction (also fills GE-B for students first enrolled at USC in Fall 2015 or after)
  • SWMS 311, Gender Studies and the Community: Internship
  • SWMS 410, Senior Seminar in Gender Studies—FALL SEMESTERS ONLY

 

Upper Division Electives: Five Courses, Cross-Listed and SWMS

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary major. This means that many courses that count for credit towards the Gender Studies major are cross-listed with other departments.

Over 40 courses are officially cross-listed with Gender Studies, plus twelve additional Gender Studies (SWMS) upper division courses (not including the courses listed above). There are many, many options for students who want to study gender in diverse contexts. For more information about all of these course options, please see the Gender Studies section in the USC Catalogue.

 

Honors Option

The Gender Studies Program offers a two-semester honors program in which qualified majors spend their first semester in an honors track in an upper division seminar, usually SWMS 410 Senior Seminar. During the second semester, all honors students are required to take SWMS 492 Honors Thesis, in which each completes a thesis project on a topic of his or her choosing under faculty direction. Contact the department for further information.

  • Gender Studies Program
  • University of Southern California
  • Mark Taper Hall of Humanities, 422
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway
  • Los Angeles, California
  • 90089-4352 USA