Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies  

Explore contemporary gender dynamics, as well as feminist theory and methodology, with the Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies in Temple University’s College of Liberal Arts. Take an intersectional approach to studying ability, class, gender, race and sexuality while examining their impact across cultural, economic, historical and political contexts. This 123-credit undergraduate degree program draws from the breadth and diversity of liberal arts coursework, allowing you to tailor your course of study. 

The Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Major at Temple is a close-knit community, so you benefit from small class sizes and receive individual attention from professors. Through the curriculum, you’ll learn to 

  • apply different methods of critical analysis to gender, sexual identity and women’s experiences; 
  • attain a heightened sensitivity for marginalized and oppressed groups; and 
  • examine power dynamics.

Interdisciplinary by design, the program comprises more than 60 faculty members from other schools and colleges across the university so you broaden your expertise in national and global gender and sexuality issues. The faculty’s diverse fields of study include history, literary criticism, philosophy and social science, and all are committed to gender- and sexuality-based equity.

Students interested in these topics can explore related minor programs. The 21-credit Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies Minor establishes a foundation of knowledge on key topics surrounding gender, sexuality and race. The 18-credit Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Studies Minor analyzes sexual orientation through a critical examination of history, literature, socio-political issues and theory.

Female students engage in a classroom.

Classes & Curriculum

In addition to university and College of Liberal Arts required courses, the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Major curriculum includes foundational coursework, classes on gender and domestic violence, LGBTQ activism, and the history of sexuality, as well as related literature and theory. 

The culminating academic experience for Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies BA students is the research seminar course. Collaborate with professors and librarians to build a foundation of research skills, find and evaluate sources, and perform critical reflection and analysis of the subject matter. 

Required courses that you will take as part of the curriculum include 

  • Critical Race Theory and Feminist Implications,
  • Feminist Theory, and 
  • Foundations in Women's Studies.

Elective courses that you can take as part of the curriculum include 

  • Gay and Lesbian Lives,
  • Latinos, Race and Ethnicity,
  • Sexuality and Gender in American History,
  • The Black Woman,
  • Third World Women's Lives, and
  • Women Writers in Black Literature.

Learn more about the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies BA curriculum.

4+1 Accelerated Degree Programs

The College of Liberal Arts offers three 4+1 accelerated degree programs for Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies majors. Eligible undergraduate students can use up to 12 specified graduate credits approved by the College of Liberal Arts to fulfill requirements for their undergraduate degree. Students apply for graduate degree programs in their junior year.  Students earn a BA or BS degree upon successful completion of their fourth year. At the end of their fifth year, students earn a master's degree. Students can apply to one of the following accelerated degree programs. 

  • Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies BA / Sociology MA
  • Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies BA / Adult and Organizational Development MEd
  • Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies BA / Urban Education MEd

Learn more about accelerated programs in the College of Liberal Arts.

Certificate Programs

The College of Liberal Arts has 22 undergraduate certificate programs for you to expand your knowledge and diversify your Temple education. Certificates can complement degree programs, allowing you to specialize in an area and highlight your exposure to disciplines outside of your major.

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Bachelor of Arts offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

These tuition costs apply to the 2019–2020 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident:  $16,080.00 per year
Out-of-state: $28,992.00 per year

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