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Bachelor of Arts

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Program of Study

A minimum of 36 credits in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies courses including:

Required Courses

  • Women Creating Change
  • Classism, Racism, and Sexism: Issues 
  • Research Methods Seminar in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

One of the following theory classes:

  • Feminist Social and Political Thought
  • Topics advised by Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

One of the following practicum options:

  • Feminist Pedagogy in Practice
  • Internship in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

 

Elective Courses

Take 21 credits in electives, with at least 9 credits at the 300 level or higher.

 

Global Distinction

The Global Distinction program an be completed through the WGSS major, in which requirements can be fulfilled through globally-focused WGSS courses and study abroad opportunities. See the Global Distinction in WGSS Academic Plan for details.

Practicum Options

To fulfill your practicum requirement, you'll choose one of the following options.

 

Gain Seminar Leadership Experience

The University at Albany was the first in the nation to offer a peer teaching program known as The Teaching Collective. Today it is Feminist Pedagogy in Practice.

If you participate in this applied learning opportunity, you'll gain first-hand experience facilitating undergraduate seminar discussions in the course Introduction to Feminisms.

 

Support a Local Community Organization

With this option, you get to work with partner organizations solving real problems in Albany and the greater Capital Region. 

The department is connected to many local agencies and nonprofit groups, so it's easy for you to obtain an internship that's aligned with your interests and will support your career goals.

Honors Program

If you've earned at least 12 credits that count toward the women's, gender and sexuality studies major and have a GPA of 3.25 or higher, you may apply for admission to its honors program in the second semester of your sophomore year.

In the honors program, you complete an intensive 3-credit independent research or creative honors project concurrently with the research methods seminar. The project typically begins as an upper-division paper submitted during your junior year. 

To complete the honors program, you must maintain a 3.5 GPA in all of your major courses and a 3.25 GPA overall. 

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Accelerated Undergraduate/Graduate Options


You can save time and money by beginning your graduate degree coursework while still enrolled as an undergraduate student. Up to 10 academic credits, billed at the undergraduate rate, will count towards both degrees – so you’ll complete your combined program in only 5 years and spend less than you would if you completed each program separately. Choose to combine your Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies undergraduate degree with the following graduate programs:

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MA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies 
This master’s program examines how gender at the intersections of race, ethnicity, economic status and sexual identity impacts and is impacted by different political, social and cultural systems.


MS in Information Science 
This ALA-accredited master's program covers a broad range of interdisciplinary topics related to library science, information processing, information management and data analysis.

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Career Paths

Graduates of the women’s, gender and sexuality studies program are prepared to succeed in academic and professional graduate programs in fields such as law, social welfare, education, public administration, and public health.

With experience in critical thinking and writing about diversity and multiculturalism, alumni also pursue careers in business, social services, public affairs, publishing, and nonprofit groups. 

Many go on to obtain leadership roles with organizations such as:

  • Domestic abuse shelters
  • Rape crisis centers
  • Women's health clinics
  • LGBTQ community centers
  • Diversity and inclusion training groups
  • Civil and human rights advocacy firms

 

 

WGSS alumna Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Executive Editor of Teen Vogue
WGSS alumna Samhita Mukhopadhyay (BA, 2000), Executive Editor of Teen Vogue
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Notable Alumni

  • Samhita Mukhopadhyay, Executive Editor, Teen Vogue
  • Jessica Valenti and Vanessa Valenti, Founders of the feminist blog Feministing
  • Awkwafina, Professional comedian, actress, and rapper
WGSS and Journalism alumna Nora Lum, aka Awkwafina, center in Lulu Wang’s film The Farewell
WGSS and Journalism alumna Nora Lum (BA, 2011), aka Awkwafina, center in Lulu Wang’s film The Farewell (2019)

    "I completed a summer internship at The Legal Project after connecting with them as an undergraduate through the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies department. With this degree, I'm ready to pursue a career empowering myself and others to fight against different kinds of systematic oppression."

    – Chaula Shukla Tulio, BA '04, Attorney

    Student Learning Objectives


    Learning objectives that UAlbany students are expected to attain through their course of study within their academic program.

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    • Understand Women's Studies as an academic field of study and research.
    • Understand and use intersectional feminist analysis to explore the bases of social inequalities.
    • Understand what it means to place women at the center of knowledge-making and of discourse across disciplinary boundaries.
    • Understand how feminist pedagogy may be different from other forms of teaching and learning.
    • Understand the dynamic relationship between Women's Studies scholarship and feminist social action.
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    Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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    Undergraduate Research

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    Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

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