Undergraduate Major Requirements

Requirements for the GWS Major

Students must complete 33 hours of course work in Gender and Women's Studies, including:

  • GWS 101 Gender in Everyday Life
  • GWS 102 Global Perspectives on Women and Gender
  • GWS 292 History and Theories of Feminism
  • GWS 390 Feminism and Social Change
  • One course from three out of four of the following categories (9 hours):
    • Culture and Representation: GWS 111, 117, 120, 192, 204, 211, 244, 261, 272, 275, 276, 304, 311, 361, 363, 406, 413, 428, 439, 462, 469, or 472
    • Science, Health, and Body: GWS 214, 238, 262, 312, 315, 419, 441, 450, or 462
    • Feminism, Social Policy, and the State : GWS 110, 202, 224, 232, 259, 262, 275, 276, 356, 406, 412, 424, 425, 428, 462, 478, 484, or 485
    • Sexuality and Society: GWS 117, 203, 204, 211, 224, 232, 252, 272, 290, 304, 311, 362, 363, 403, 419, 462, 484, or 490
  • Four Additional GWS Courses (12 hours)

*Of the 33 hours required for the major, no more than 9 hours can be at the 100 level and at least 6 hours must be at the 400 level.

*The same course cannot count toward more than one category requirement for the major.

*No more than 3 hours of GWS 396 (Independent Study/Research) may be applied to the major.

*GWS 292 Fulfills the Writing-in-the-Discipline requirement.

GWS Major Forms

Residence Requirement

For all coursework, either the first 90 semester hours or the last 30 semester hours must be completed in continuous, uninterrupted enrollment residence at UIC.

DARSWeb for Students

DARSWeb allows students to access their degree audit using a web application. Students with a valid EnterpriseID and password may access DARSWeb and run an audit for their declared degree program.

LAS Graduation Requirements

GWS majors should also consult an LAS advisor consistently in order to discuss progress with the graduation requirements of the College, including:

  • LAS General Education Requirements
  • Advanced Hours Requirement
  • Residency Requirements
  • Credit Hour and GPA Requirements

GPA Requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all work taken at UIC. GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all transfer work and work taken at UIC. GPA of 2.0 or higher is required in all work taken in the major field.

At the conclusion of each semester, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences determines the academic status of every enrolled undergraduate student based on their academic record and progress. Students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 in order to stay in good academic standing.

Declaration of Graduation

Seniors are required to submit a Declaration of Intent to Graduate form through the UIC Web for Students. The online form is available during the registration period of the semester in which the student intends to graduate. During the same semester, the Department will send a letter requesting the prospective graduate to see a Departmental advisor in order to review major graduation requirements. An incomplete or missing grade on a student's record must be resolved prior to the "Certification of Fulfillment of M Requirements" form being approved by an advisor and returned to LAS for final approval.

Graduating with Departmental Distinction

Departmental distinction is awarded at the time of graduation to those students who have shown exceptional competence in their major field of study, and is recorded on the student's diploma and transcript. The criteria to qualify for distinction in GWS students must maintain an overall GPA of 3.0 plus:

  • 3.25 grade point average in the major for distinction;
  • 3.50 grade point average in the major for high distinction;
  • 3.75 grade point average in the major for highest distinction.

Independent Study

Students that have completed their core coursework in the major may wish to pursue their special interests independently under the direction of a faculty member. To enroll in an independent study, students must have a 2.50 GPA in all work taken at UIC and must contain consent of the instructor prior to registration.