Gender and Diversity Studies Major Curriculum

All undergraduate students are required to take thirty-six credit hours of approved courses to fulfill one of three tracks offered in the major:

a)    A general major in Gender and Diversity Studies (36 credit hours distributed across the modules below).

b)    A major in Gender & Diversity Studies with a concentration (18 credit hours required) in Women and Gender.

c)    A major in Gender and Diversity Studies with a concentration (18 credit hours required) in Race and Ethnicity.

Required courses for all Concentrations - 18 Credit Hours
Students seeking a Women & Gender concentration must choose courses designated (W) below where there is an option to do so
Students seeking a Race and Ethnicity concentration must choose courses designated (R) below where there is an option to do so

1)       3 CH Introductory Course

SOCW 206 Introduction to Gender & Diversity Studies

2)       3 CH Theory Course (choose one)

ENGL 366 Feminist Theory
SOCI 365 Social Theory and Social Inequality

3)       3 CH U.S. Diversity in American Culture Course (These courses focus on the impact that the social, economic and cultural struggles of gendered, racial and ethnic minorities and/or women have had on the history and culture of the United States of America.) (choose one)

ENGL 484 African-American Literature (R)
ENGL 489 American Minority Literature (R)
HIST 222 The Harlem Renaissance (R)
HIST 233 Women In American History (W)
HIST 307 Immigration and Ethnicity (R)
HIST 324 African-American Struggle for Equality (R)
POLI 367 Gender & Politics: Women, Elections and Representation (W)
SOCI 250 Racial & Ethnic Minorities (R)
SOCI 262 Women in American Society (W)
SOCW 318 Trends in Modern Society: Race Relations (R)
SOCW 325 Women/Men: Myth & Reality (W)


4)       3 CH Diversity in a Global Context Course (These courses examine how racial, religious, and ethnic differences have shaped the history and culture of different regions across the globe.) (choose one)

ENGL 344 Major Black Authors (R)
ENGL 352 African Literature (R)
HIST 231 Slavery in the Atlantic World (R)
HIST 275 Urban Imaginaries in India (R)
HIST 314 Africa Since 1945 (R)
HIST 343 Religion & Empire in Latin America (R)
HIST 395 History of South Africa (R)
HIST 427 Race and Nation in Modern Latin America (R)
POLI 219 Irish Government and Politics
POLI 224 Middle East Politics
POLI 320 Global Islamic Politics (R)
SPAN 351 Latin American Civilization I (R)
SPAN 352 Latin American Civilization II (R)

5)       3 CH Intersectionality Course (a 300-level course that explores both the social construction of identity and multiple axes of identity and difference, taking into consideration the various ways they may interrelate or intersect):

COMM 323 Race, Class, Gender, & the Media
COMM 324 Sex & Violence in the Media
ENGL 359 Gender & Diversity in Film                   
HIST 324 The African-American Struggle / Equality
SOCW 315 Values, Poverty, & Society
SOCW 318 Trends in Modern Society: Race Relations
SOCW 404 Religion, Ethics, & Professional Practice
SPMG 410 Sport Ethics
THEO 322 Black Theology
THEO 358 Immigration, Theology, & Ethics
THEO 372 Seminar: Disability, Ethics, & Theology
THEO 316, POLI 316, HIST 350 Globalization (departmental designations may change yearly)

6)       3 CH Capstone Experience

In the Spring of senior year, all GDST students will submit a thesis for public defense. Students are expected to independently design and complete a research-based project on a specific diversity studies topic that synthesizes the scholarly literature in at least two of the disciplines that inform diversity studies and presents a clear, arguable thesis supported by evidence drawn from appropriate sources.  To this end, students will take a 1 CH thesis direction course in the Fall of the senior year, taught by the program director as an overload with guest lectures on methodology as appropriate.  Students will design their projects, identify two faculty readers from two different disciplines, work both independently and in groups, and complete a polished proposal by the end of the course.  Students will then sign up for 2 CHs of tutorials in the Spring, 1 with each of their thesis readers. All thesis readers must be GDST affiliated faculty and must be approved by the director of the program as well as the chairs of the faculty members? respective home departments. The focus of the thesis is multidisciplinary and addresses issues concerning gender and diversity studies that stem from the student's own elective concentration or interests.  For example, projects may include an internship component or be limited to textual analysis depending on the primary methodologies of the disciplines with which students are working.

The remaining (18 CH) elective courses must come from three or more disciplines. Students choosing a W&G or R&E concentration must complete at least 9 of their elective credit hours with courses that have the appropriate (W) or (R) designation. Otherwise, students may choose any course approved as a Gender and Diversity Studies elective at the 200-level or above.