Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that focuses on interactions of gender with race, class, sexual orientation, and nationality. In addition to its focus on the history and achievements of women, gender scholarship has inspired research and curricula that address men’s lives, masculinity, and the lives of people who identify as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. The University of Utah Gender Studies Division offers a space for the study of a wide range of feminist thought and practices: theory and community-engaged learning; activism and professional development; lively debate and professional skill building. There are no special department admission requirements. To declare a gender studies major or minor contact our advisor!

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Major Requirements

The Gender Studies major offers a space for the study of the interactions of gender with race, class, sexual orientation, and nationality; curricula that address men’s lives, masculinity, and the lives of people who identify as a part of the LGBTQ+ community; and a wide range of feminist thought and practices.

  • A minimum of 30 hours in GNDR courses are required.
  • A minimum of 18 hours in GNDR courses must be completed at the U of U.
  • All major courses must be completed with a C or better.

Gender Studies, B.A./B.S. (42 CREDITS)

Required Courses

Complete Seven Courses

21 credits

Introductory Courses (complete one):

  • GNDR 1100: Gender and Social Change (3) (DVBF)
  • GNDR 2500: Here I Stand: An Intro to Gender Studies (3) (DV)
  • GNDR 3690: Gender and Contemporary Issues (3)(DVBF/HF)

Intermediate Courses (complete two):

  • GNDR 3100: Medusa and Manifestos: Identity and Protest in the Information Age (3) (CW)
  • GNDR 3900: Introduction to Feminist Theories (3)

Advanced Courses (complete four):

The following courses can be taken up to 2 times (up to 6 credits) towards the major: GNDR 3950, 5665, 5950, and 5990. For each course, only 1 course (3 credits) can count towards an Advanced Course.

Electives

Complete Three Courses

9 credits

One of the three electives can be lower division (1000-2000 level). At least two out of the three courses must be 3000-level or above. Advanced Courses can also fulfill Electives.

Allied Hours

Complete Four Courses

12 credits

In addition to Gender Studies credits, a minimum of 12 semester hours of allied course work is required, not including courses offered under the Gender Studies heading or cross-listed with Gender Studies, must be taken in support of the student’s major. Appropriate courses are to be negotiated by the student with the major advisor. If you are doing a double major or if you are doing a minor in addition to your Gender Studies major, that will automatically fulfill the Allied Hours requirement.

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Minor Requirements

The Gender Studies minor gives a foundation for the study of gender intersections with class, sexuality, and nationality to amplify any degree.

  • All courses must be completed with a C or better.

Gender Studies Minor (21 CREDITS)

Required Courses

Complete Five Courses

15 credits

Introductory Courses (complete one):

  • GNDR 1100: Gender and Social Change (3) (DVBF)
  • GNDR 2500: Here I Stand: An Intro to Gender Studies (3) (DV)
  • GNDR 3690: Gender and Contemporary Issues (3)(DVBF/HF)

Intermediate Courses (complete two):

  • GNDR 3100: Medusa and Manifestos: Identity and Protest in the Information Age (3) (CW)
  • GNDR 3900: Introduction to Feminist Theories (3)

Advanced Courses (complete two):

The following courses can be taken up to 2 times (up to 6 credits) towards the major: GNDR 3950, 5665, 5950, and 5990. For each course, only 1 course (3 credits) can count towards an Advanced Courses.

Electives

Complete Two Courses

6 credits

Advanced courses can also fulfill Electives.

Download curriculum sheets:

Graduate Certificate Requirements

The Gender Studies graduate certificate program provides a space for interdisciplinary engagement in gender and sexuality studies. The program provides support for your own research and intellectual pursuits while expanding a teaching portfolio and preparing for a diverse job market.

Gender Studies Graduate Certificate (15 CREDITS)

Required Courses

Complete Two Courses

6 credits

Gender Electives

Complete One Course

3 credits

Other Electives

Complete Two Courses

6 credits

Only one course can be taken from SOC 6963, SOC 6965, and SOC 7965. Note: Only when taught by Professors Sarita Gaytan or Claudia Geist.

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