Completing a degree at the Simone de Beauvoir Institute gives you critical thinking skills, analytical abilities and methodologies that will open a world of possibilities for you no matter the career you seek or where you want to work.
BA Major in Women's Studies
Students who elect to do a major make a commitment to women's studies as their main field of inquiry. A major in women's studies appeals to students who are passionate about feminism and who would like to devote themselves to studying its history, theory, and political action.
BA Specialization in Women's Studies
A BA Specialization is the best option if you are interested in going on to graduate studies. A BA Specialization requires students to research and write a thesis. This project helps prepare students for advanced academic study. Previous Institute graduates have pursued advanced studies in Women's Studies, Communications, and Law.
BA Major & Minor in Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality
Offered in conjunction with other departments from the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Faculty of Fine Arts, the Interdisciplinary Studies in Sexuality program explores the myriad ways in which sexuality is manifest in, and affects, culture, social organization and identity.
Minor in Women's Studies
Combined with a major in another field, a Minor in Women's Studies offers students new and critical ways to think about knowledge. In the past, students majoring in History, English, Communications, or Studio Arts have pursued a Minor in Women's Studies.
Minor program course breakdown - 30 credits
- Courses for Minor (if you started in Fall 2019 or later)
- Courses for Minor (if you started in Fall 2015 or later)
- Courses for Minor (if you started prior to Fall 2015)
Certificate in Women's Studies
The Certificate in Women's Studies is intended for individuals who would like to pursue Women's Studies in greater depth. Certificate students are individuals who meet the undergraduate admission requirements and who would like to pursue Women's Studies in greater depth.
Certificate program course breakdown - 30 credits
- Courses for Certificate (if you started in Fall 2019 or later)
- Courses for Certificate (if you started in Fall 2015 or later)
- Courses for Certificate (if you started prior to Fall 2015)
The Undergraduate Calendar is the canonical source for degree requirements. Please consult the Women's Studies section of the Calendar for the complete course requirements and course descriptions in these programs.
Please note: Every year some courses are offered in various departments which are not listed in the Calendar but have substantial content relating to women. These may be recognized for credit as part of the list of "Optional Courses". To have such a request authorized, you must fill out a Student Request Form and have it signed by the Academic Advisor for Women's Studies. Student Requests are processed by a special committee of the Arts and Science Faculty.