In addition to meeting general degree requirements, all gender studies majors must complete a minimum of seven courses with a grade of C or higher and an 8-credit senior project (31–36 credits total), as follows.

  • GND 1200/Introduction to Gender and Sexuality: 4 credits
  • Five electives in gender studies: 15–20 credits
  • One theory course: 4 credits
  • SPJ 4990/Senior Project I: 4 credits
  • SPJ 4991/Senior Project II: 4 credits


  • All students majoring in gender studies who do not have a second major are required to declare a minor and enroll in the methods course or junior seminar offered in that minor’s discipline. Consult with your minor advisor about appropriate coursework in that board of study.
  • An internship is highly recommended.

Examples of Electives

Courses in the following list are subject to change, and new courses may be added. Students should consult with their faculty advisor when choosing electives.

School of Film and Media Studies:

CIN 3540/Queer Cinema
MSA 3160/Queer Media Convergence

School of Humanities:

ARH 2885/Women Artists and Feminist Criticism
ARH 3187/Women Artists in the 20th Century
HIS 2490/Women in America
HIS 3115/Sex Radicals in the 19th-Century U.S.
HIS 3155/Religion, Heresy, and Witchcraft
HIS 3165/War and Gender in 20th-Century Europe
HIS 3375/“Aren’t I a Woman?”: The Construction of Womanhood in the U.S.
HIS 3685/Sex and Gender in Latin America
HIS 3695/History of Gender and Sexuality in the United States
HIS 3727/History of Feminist Movements
HIS 3730/Wives, Widows, Workers
JOU 3040/Race, Gender, and the Media
LIT 3004/Lesbian and Gay Poetry
LIT 3025/Women and Film
LIT 3043/Toni Morrison
LIT 3575/Virginia Woolf
LIT 3665/American Women Writers
LIT 3673/Austen
LIT 3845/Zora Neale Hurston

School of Liberal Studies & Continuing Education:

GND 3170/Women for Change in the Middle East

School of Natural and Social Sciences:

ANT 2755/Global Sexualities
ECO 2355/Gender and Economics
POL 2040/Women and Politics
POL 2105/Citizens Living Under Islamic Laws
POL 2350/Free Speech, Heresy, and Gender in Islamic Societies
POL 3045/Sex, Politics, and Health
POL 3090/Race, Gender, and the Law
POL 3095/Queer Politics in the U.S.
POL 3245/Gender and Health: International Issues
POL 3255/Islamic State, Gender, and Sexuality
PSY 2860/Psychology of Women
PSY 3845/Gender Development
SOC 2020/Human Sexuality
SOC 2210/Sociology of Gender
SOC 3005/Feminism, Art, and Performance
SOC 3035/Birth and Death
SOC 3705/Masculinities: Feminist Perspectives
SOC 3755/Sexualities and Society

Conservatory of Theatre Arts:

THP 3300/Women in Performance
THP 3525/LGBTQ Theatre and Performance
THP 3600/Women and Drama


Examples of Theory Courses

Courses in the following list are subject to change, and new courses may be added. Students should consult with their faculty advisor when choosing the theory course.
GND 3130/Feminist Theory
MSA 3160/Queer Media Convergence
PHI 2500/Gender and Power
PHI 3725/Theories of Sexuality
POL 3095/Queer Politics in the U.S.
THP 3300/Women in Performance

Updates to the 2016–18 Purchase College Catalog:

Discontinued electives:

  • HIS 3080/The Lives of Women
  • MSA 3120/Riot Grrls and Radical Women (replaced by SOC 3005)
  • SOC 3287/Science and Technology Studies