Courses required for a GWSS MAJOR

Requirements for the Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies Major

The GWSS major is a total of 66 credits. It requires:

  • One gateway course
  • GWSS 110: Introduction to Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies
  • One methodology course
  • GWSS 200: Gender, Sexuality & the Pursuit of Knowledge
  • One intermediate course
  • GWSS 212: Foundations of LGBTQ Studies
  • One theory seminar
  • GWSS 312: Queer and Trans Theory · not offered in 2023-24
  • GWSS 334: Feminist Theory
  • One capstone seminar
  • GWSS 398: Capstone: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Popular Culture · not offered in 2023-24
  • One Senior Project
  • In addition to the six required courses listed above (36 credits), students must complete an additional five electives (30 credits) from theGWSS Elective/Additional Courses List below. These 30 credits must be spread across at least two disciplines and should include:
    • One 300-level elective and
    • Four any-level* electives (*a max of two 100-level elective courses can count toward the major)    

Please note: a variety of courses are taught by visitors or offered only occasionally. These courses may still be considered. Contact the program director for consideration of other courses to satisfy this requirement. 

Students will plan courses in consultation with the program director or a designated faculty adviser when they declare their major, and review their plan each term. The major they design should provide both breadth of exposure to Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies across fields and depth of study in one discipline (normally at least two courses in one area or from one department).

OCS Programs: You may count up to two 6 credit courses taken on either Carleton or non-Carleton OCS programs toward the requirements of the GWSS major or minor. OCS program courses cannot be substituted for core GWSS courses on campus and will only count towards GWSS electives. Two courses from Carleton’s Women’s & Gender Studies in Europe program can count as two GWSS elective courses. Students will need to get all OCS program courses approved by the director of GWSS.

GWSS Elective/Additional Courses List

  • AFST 215: Contemporary Theory in Black Studies
  • AMST 225: Beauty and Race in America
  • AMST 260: Sexuality in American Film since 1945
  • AMST 396: Producing Latinidad · not offered in 2023-24
  • ARTH 214: Queer Art · not offered in 2023-24
  • ARTH 220: The Origins of Manga: Japanese Prints · not offered in 2023-24
  • ARTH 240: Art Since 1945 · not offered in 2023-24
  • BIOL 101: Human Reproduction and Sexuality
  • CAMS 225: Film Noir: The Dark Side of the American Dream
  • CAMS 258: Feminist and Queer Media · not offered in 2023-24
  • CLAS 214: Gender and Sexuality in Classical Antiquity · not offered in 2023-24
  • DANC 266: Reading The Dancing Body · not offered in 2023-24
  • ECON 257: Economics of Gender
  • ENGL 217: A Novel Education
  • ENGL 218: The Gothic Spirit
  • ENGL 227: Imagining the Borderlands · not offered in 2023-24
  • ENGL 229: The Rise of the Novel
  • ENGL 319: The Rise of the Novel
  • ENGL 327: Victorian Novel
  • FREN 235: The Human Body in the Francophone World · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 241: The Lyric and Other Seductions · not offered in 2023-24
  • FREN 347: Gender and Sexuality in the Francophone World · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 221: · not offered in 2023-24
  • GERM 320: Life under Socialism: Culture and Society in East Germany · not offered in 2023-24
  • GWSS 150: Working Sex: Commercial Sexual Cultures · not offered in 2023-24
  • GWSS 200: Gender, Sexuality & the Pursuit of Knowledge
  • GWSS 233: Feminist Cultural Studies
  • GWSS 250: Politics of Reproductive Justice · not offered in 2023-24
  • GWSS 265: Black Feminist Thought · not offered in 2023-24
  • GWSS 289: Pleasure, Intimacy, Violence · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 122: U.S. Women’s History to 1877
  • HIST 123: U.S. Women’s History Since 1877
  • HIST 175: Gender and Sexuality in Latin American History · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 211: Revolts and Resistance in Early America · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 218: Black Women’s History
  • HIST 229: Working with Gender in U.S. History · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 236: The Worlds of Hildegard of Bingen
  • HIST 270: Nuclear Nations: India and Pakistan as Rival Siblings · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 288: Reason, Authority, and Love in Medieval France · not offered in 2023-24
  • HIST 289: Gender and Ethics in Late Medieval France · not offered in 2023-24
  • IDSC 203: Talking about Diversity
  • LTAM 250: Indigeneity and Power in the Andes: Land, Labor, Knowledge · not offered in 2023-24
  • PHIL 114: Philosophy of Love and Sex
  • PHIL 122: Identity and Leadership · not offered in 2023-24
  • PHIL 257: Feminist Philosophy
  • PHIL 304: Decolonial Feminisms
  • POSC 276: Imagination in Politics: Resisting Totalitarianism · not offered in 2023-24
  • POSC 280: Feminist Security Studies
  • POSC 308: Global Gender Politics
  • POSC 324: Rebels and Risk Takers: Women and War in the Middle East · not offered in 2023-24
  • POSC 339: LGBTQ Politics in America · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 161: The Jewish Bible · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 218: The Body in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 221: Judaism and Gender · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 227: Liberation Theologies · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 232: Queer Religions · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 233: Gender and Power in the Catholic Church
  • RELG 234: Angels, Demons, and Evil
  • RELG 236: Black Love: Religious, Political, and Cultural Discussions
  • RELG 242: Oh My G*d: Christianity and Sexual Revolutions · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 280: The Politics of Sex in Asian Religion · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 283: Mysticism and Gender · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 287: Many Marys · not offered in 2023-24
  • RELG 362: Spirit Possession · not offered in 2023-24
  • SOAN 114: Modern Families: An Introduction to the Sociology of the Family · not offered in 2023-24
  • SOAN 207: Sociology of Gender · not offered in 2023-24
  • SOAN 225: Social Movements
  • SOAN 226: Anthropology of Gender · not offered in 2023-24
  • SOAN 257: Culture and Politics in India · not offered in 2023-24
  • SOAN 313: Woke Nature: Towards an Anthropology of Non-Human Beings · not offered in 2023-24
  • SOAN 323: Mother Earth: Women, Development and the Environment · not offered in 2023-24
  • SOAN 325: Sociology of Adoption and Assisted Reproduction · not offered in 2023-24
  • SOAN 395: Ethnography of Reproduction
  • SPAN 244: Spain Today: Recent Changes through Narrative and Film
  • THEA 228: Performing Women
  • THEA 260: Space, Time, Body, Minds · not offered in 2023-24
  • THEA 270: Art and (Un)Freedom · not offered in 2023-24
  • WGST 112: Introduction to LGBT/Queer Studies · not offered in 2023-24
  • WGST 200: Gender, Power and the Pursuit of Knowledge · not offered in 2023-24
  • WGST 234: Feminist and Queer Theory · not offered in 2023-24
  • WGST 243: Women’s and Gender Studies in Europe Program: Situated Feminisms: Socio-Political Systems and Gender Issues Across Europe · not offered in 2023-24
  • WGST 244: Women’s & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Cross-Cultural Feminist Methodologies · not offered in 2023-24
  • WGST 325: Women’s & Gender Studies in Europe Program: Continental Feminist, Queer, Trans* Theories · not offered in 2023-24
  • WGST 389: Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Popular Culture · not offered in 2023-24