Women's and Gender Studies, B.A.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Program Overview

As a major in women’s and gender studies, you will become an informed and engaged citizen. Our interdisciplinary program will help you develop the skills to examine and critique cultural, economic, historical, political, and social issues using feminist and queer philosophical paradigms. You will learn about a cross section of feminist and queer thinkers, develop expertise in methods of critical analysis, and gain a deep understanding of how gender, sexuality, race, class, religion, ethnicity, and other social factors shape access to power.

Women’s and Gender Studies, B.A.

Where You'll Go

As a graduate of this program, you will be equipped with the knowledge and skills you need to be successful proponents of equality and social justice in whatever career you choose. Your depth of understanding and ability to think creatively will help you succeed as a teacher, lawyer, activist and community organizer, computer scientist, policy maker and public servant, journalist, doctor and public health professional, writer and artist, businessperson, manager, or administrator.

Major Details

The program information listed here reflects the approved curriculum for the 2023–24 academic year per the Brooklyn College Bulletin. Bulletins from past academic years can be found here.

Major Requirements (30–32 Credits)

Students must complete parts 1 through 5 with a grade of C or higher in each course:

  1. WGST1001 and two of the following:
  2. Two of the following:
  3. WGST 3510 or WGST 3230
  4. Three of the following:
  5. WGST 4410W

Other advanced electives and special topics courses relevant to the study of women may be substituted with the permission of the program coordinator. The list of available courses may be obtained each semester in the program office.

WGST 4401, 4402, 4407 or 4408 may be used to fulfill the requirements in either section 2 or 4.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

  1. Explain how diverse identities, cultures, and societies are structured by the intersections of categories including gender, race, sexuality, class, ability, religion, global location, and colonialism past and present.
  2. Employ written, oral, and/or visual media to effectively communicate concepts and arguments related to gender, women, and sexualities.
  3. Identify and analyze social and historical relations, hierarchies of power, resistance, and movements relevant to women, gender, and sexualities.
  4. Work collaboratively with diverse people to design projects that further feminist ideals.
  5. Use feminism as both a concept and an analytical approach to study women and gender in different historical and cultural contexts.

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Christopher Richards, Associate Professor

Director, Women’s and Gender Studies Program
1207 Ingersoll Hall
E: c.richards66@brooklyn.cuny.edu
P: 718.951.5476

Or contact:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

222 West Quad Center
2900 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11210
E: adminqry@brooklyn.cuny.edu

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Internships and Employers

Through job fairs, the internship database, and internship panels, the Magner Career Center gives students in the women’s and gender studies B.A. program access to career opportunities at a wide variety of employers, including:

  • ACLU
  • Axia Women’s Health
  • Callen-Lorde
  • Housing Works
  • New York–Presbyterian Hospital
  • New York University Langone Hospital
  • Oliver Wyman Group
  • Spring Health
  • United Nations

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