Combined Major in English and Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

English/Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Note: A grade of C (2.0) is required in all coursework comprising the major.

13.5 units, including:

  • Six courses in Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies, including:

    • WGSS200 Introduction to Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

    • WGSS490 Senior Capstone Experience

    • Four additional WGSS electives (not from the English Department) at least two of which must be above the 200-level

  • Seven courses in English, including:

    • Two FSLT courses taught in the English Department (one must be completed before enrolling in advanced courses in the major/minor; the second may be taken concurrently with advanced courses)

    • One 300-level course from Group A (literature before the early to mid-19th century)

    • One 300-level course from Group B (literature after the early to mid-19th century)

    • Two additional courses at the 300-level

    • ENGL400 Junior/Senior Seminar

  • IDST379 Combined Major Project/Porfolio

    A senior writing project (taken for one half unit as IDST379) on a topic related to both English and Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will be required. The paper must be 20-30 pages long and will make significant use of primary and secondary sources, and will be conducted through independent study. Students should select a focus for the writing project no later than spring of the junior year, and will have two supervisors, one from the English department and one approved by the Women's Studies board, who is not from the English department. By the beginning of senior year, the student should designate one of the supervisors as the primary supervisor, and this supervisor will have primary responsibility for determining the student's grade on the writing project after considering an evaluation and a suggested grade supplied by the second supervisor. If there is sharp disagreement between the two supervisors over the final grade, the primary supervisor's departmental chairperson will appoint a third reader/grader, whose decision will break the deadlock between the first and second supervisors.

No more than one unit of internship credit in women, gender, and sexuality studies will be counted towards the combined major.