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Bachelor of Arts

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

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 or during the following semester. 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:


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

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 (BA, 2011), aka Awkwafina, center in Lulu Wang’s film The Farewell (2019)
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.

Bachelor of Arts
  • Recognize the value of social location and standpoint in knowledge-making practices.
  • Analyze a social issue using an intersectional framework.
  • Identify the interdisciplinary nature of women’s, gender & sexuality studies.
  • Create an academic product based in feminist research.
  • Demonstrate feminist praxis through community or pedagogical engagement.

What Makes The University at Albany Great

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Living-Learning Communities

Live and take classes with other incoming freshmen who share your personal interests, passions or intended academic major.

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Study Abroad

Become a global citizen: international experience is crucial to success in business, education, research, and public policy.

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Undergraduate Research

Research, scholarship, and creative activities at the University at Albany is an option for all students, across all academic disciplines. You will be able to learn more about a specific academic field or career path all while building a long-lasting mentoring relationship with a faculty member or principal investigator.

Explore Minors

Build competency in a passion or strengthen your resume.

A minor consists of 18–24 graduation credits which must include a minimum of 9 graduation credits of advanced coursework at or above the 300 level. Most undergraduate degrees require completing a minor and it has to have a different title from your major.

Full List of Minors
  • Acting
  • Africana Studies
  • Anthropology
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Bioethics
  • Biology
  • Broadcast Meteorology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Chinese Studies
  • Cognitive Science
  • Communication (Fully Online Option)
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminal Justice Studies (Fully Online Option)
  • Cybersecurity (Fully Online Option)
  • Documentary Studies
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics
  • Educational Studies
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Electronics
  • Film Studies
  • Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (Fully Online Option)
  • English
  • Forensic Science
  • French
  • Game Design and Development
  • Geographic Information Science
  • Geography
  • Globalization Studies
  • Hebrew
  • History (Fully Online Option)
  • Informatics (Fully Online Option)
  • Instrumental Performance
  • International Studies
  • Italian
  • Japanese Studies
  • Journalism (Fully Online Option)
  • Judaic Studies
  • Korean Studies
  • Latin American and Caribbean Studies
  • Law and Philosophy
  • Leadership
  • Legal Studies
  • LGBTQ Studies
  • Library and Information Science
  • Linguistics
  • Machine Learning
  • Mathematics
  • Medical Anthropology
  • Music
  • Musical Performance
  • Musical Theatre
  • Philosophy
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Portuguese
  • Pre-Education
  • Psychology (Fully Online Option)
  • Public Health
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies
  • Russian
  • Russian and Eastern European Studies
  • Social Welfare Studies
  • Sociology (Fully Online Option)
  • Spanish
  • Statistics
  • Sustainability
  • Theatre
  • Theatrical Design/Technology
  • Urban Studies and Planning
  • U.S. Latino Studies
  • Vocal Performance
  • Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies