School of Interdisciplinary Studies

Gender Studies (B.A.)

The Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary degree that draws upon courses in Gender Studies, American Studies, Arts and Humanities, Social Sciences, Psychology, and other gender-related courses. The program is designed to examine the ways that gender as a complex social construction intersects with class, race, age, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and sexual identity; to examine the lives and experiences of groups which have been under-represented in traditional academic work; and to acquaint students with the fundamental methodologies of women's and gender studies. Gender Studies graduates work in fields such as human resources, management, social service, and sales. The B.A. in Gender Studies also prepares students to pursue professional degrees in education, law, health sciences, social work, policy studies, and management or graduate degrees in the humanities and social sciences. Each student in the Gender Studies program is actively involved in the formulation of his or her program of study, working with a faculty advisor to devise an individualized degree plan. Students pursuing a degree in Gender Studies may incorporate a minor from another discipline in their degree program. Students are encouraged to double major in Gender Studies and another discipline.

Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies Degree Requirements (120 hours)

I. Core Curriculum Requirements1: 42 hours

    A. Communication (6 hours)
    B. Social and Behavioral Sciences (15 hours)
    C. Humanities and Fine Arts (6 hours)
    D. Mathematics and Quantitative Methods (6 hours)
    E. Science (9 hours)
      One course must have a lab component
      See your academic advisor for appropriate courses

    1 Curriculum Requirements can be fulfilled by other approved courses from accredited institutions of higher education. The courses listed in parenthesis are recommended as the most efficient way to satisfy both Core Curriculum and Major Requirements at UT Dallas.

II. Major Requirements: 48-49 hours (36-37 hours beyond the Core Curriculum)


    Major Preparatory Courses (9 hours)
    MATH 1306 College Algebra for the Non-Scientist 2
    or MATH 1314 College Algebra 2
    STAT 1342 Statistical Decision Making 2
    or PSY 2317 Statistics for Psychology 2
    GST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies 2

    Major Courses (36 hours)
    A. Gender Studies Core Courses (9 hours)
    B. Disciplinary Methods (3-4 hours)
    One of the following:
    C. Gender Studies Major and Related Courses (27 hours)
    See academic advisor. Must include BIS 3320 The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry 2

    2 A required Major course that also fulfills a Core Curriculum requirement. An additional IS course will be taken if BIS 3320 is used to satisfy the Core Curriculum Communication Elective requirement.

III. Elective Requirements: (41-42 hours)

    Advanced Electives (6 hours)
    Free Electives (35-36 hours)
    Students must complete 51 hours of upper-division credit to graduate, of which 21 must be taken at UTD.

Honors in Gender Studies

GPA: 3.90 cumulative GPA, 3.90 GPA in courses described below, and a total of 27 upper level UTD hours and GST 2300.

Required courses:
BIS 3320 The Nature of Intellectual Inquiry (3 hours)
GST 2300 Introduction to Gender Studies (3 hours)
GST 3301 Psychology of Gender (3 hours)
GST 3302 Gender in Western Thought (3 hours)
GST 3303 Gender, Society, and Politics (3 hours)
Other approved upper level courses in the Gender Studies (9 hours)
Options: (6 hours)
6 hours of Internship
3 hours of Internship and one three hour upper level approved course from in the Gender Studies curriculum

Notation on Transcript: Honors in Major

Minor in Gender Studies

The Gender Studies minor is 18 semester hours. The courses consist of GST 2300/SOC 2300, two courses chosen from GST 3301/PSY 3324, GST 3302/HIST 4361, and GST 3303/PSCI 3354/SOC 3354, and nine hours chosen from: AHST 4342 (when the topic is Venus to Vampire), AMS 3300, AMS 3318, AMS 4360/GST 4360, BIS 4V04, CRIM 3324, GST 4311, GST 4325, GST 4350, GST 4360, (GST 4380)/ SOC 4380, HIST 3324, HIST 3366, HIST 3371, HIST 3384, HIST 4360, HIST 4361, (ISGS 3306), ISGS 3312, LIT 3327, LIT 3380, PSCI 3353/ SOC 3353, PSCI 4358/ SOC 4355, PSY 3338, (PSY 4345), (PSY 4346), (SOC 3343), SOC 3352, SOC 3353/ PSCI 3353, SOC 4355/ PSCI 4358, SOC 4375, or SOC 4380/ GST 4380.