These requirements are for students who matriculated in academic year 2023-2024. Students who matriculated prior to fall 2023 should refer to the Archives to view the requirements for their Bulletin year.

Summary of Degree Requirements

University Requirements

  • MATH 0701 (4 s.h.) and/or ENG 0701 (4 s.h.), if required by placement testing.
  • All Temple students must take a minimum of two writing-intensive courses as part of the major. The specific courses required for this major are GSWS 3097 or ENG 3097, and GSWS 4396.
  • Students must complete requirements of the General Education (GenEd) Program. See the General Education section of the Undergraduate Bulletin for more details.

College of Liberal Arts Requirements

  • Completion of a minimum of 123 credits, including:
    • 90 credits in CLA/CST courses;
    • 45 credits of which must be at the upper level (numbered 2000-4999).
      • For Social Science majors, 6 upper level credits (numbered 2000-4999) must be taken in Humanities Subject Areas: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Greek (Ancient), Greek and Roman Classics, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Latin, Philosophy, Religion, Russian, and Spanish in the College of Liberal Arts, Art History in the Tyler School of Art and Architecture, or any department in the College of Science and Technology.
    • A minimum GPA of 2.0, cumulatively, in CLA/CST coursework, and in the major.
    • Only courses in which a student receives a grade of at least C- can satisfy GenEd, major, minor, or CLA Foreign Language and Global Studies requirements.
    • Professional Development Requirement
      • All students in the College of Liberal Arts are required to take a 1 credit seminar in professional development. CLA 1002 Professional Development for Liberal Arts Majors is the appropriate course option for this major. Other courses that fulfill this requirement may be found on the CLA College Requirements page. Only one course in this category may count towards graduation.
    • Foreign Language/Global Studies Requirements:
      • All students must complete or test out of the first and second levels of a foreign language - these courses are numbered 1001 and 1002;
      • All students must complete at least one course from the GenEd Global/World Society category; and
      • All Bachelor of Arts students must complete one of the following options:
        • Third semester of a foreign language;
        • Demonstrated proficiency beyond the third semester in a foreign language (placement exam or certification from the language department);
        • Take one Global Studies course from the list on the CLA College Requirements page;
        • Study Abroad at an approved program; or
        • Take a second General Education Global/World Society course.
      • Notes on Foreign Language Study
        • The third level of language is numbered 1003 in French, Spanish, and Portuguese and numbered 2001 in all other foreign language subjects.
        • Students are strongly encouraged to take the third level of a foreign language as it is the minimum required for election to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa. (Taking the course does not guarantee admission but not taking it guarantees exclusion.)
        • See the College of Liberal Arts Policies section of this Bulletin for more information on the Foreign Language Placement, Regression in Coursework, and guidelines for students' other experiences with language.

General Electives are typically one-third of a student's program of study and can be focused on a second major, a minor, or towards some other personal enrichment or professional goals. See an academic advisor for assistance in developing an academic plan for these courses.

Major Requirements (36 credits in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies)

Introductory Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies courses
GSWS 1301Foundations in Women's Studies3
Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies elective numbered 1000-19993
GSWS 3097Feminist Theory3
or ENG 3097 Feminist Theory
GSWS 3551Critical Race Feminist Theory3
Elective Courses
Select two courses in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies at any level (numbered 0800-4999)6
Select two courses in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies numbered 2000-49996
Select one elective from the GSWS Sexuality Electives List3
Select one elective from the GSWS Race Electives List3
Two-course sequence 1
GSWS 4389Field Work3
GSWS 4396Research Seminar3
Sexuality Electives
AMST 2003
The American Sexual Past
GSWS 2002
Gender in the Cinema
GSWS 2405
Queer Lives
HIST 2109
Sexuality and Gender in American History
LGBT 2002
Religion and Human Sexuality
LGBT 2400
Topics in LGBT Studies
LGBT 2405
Queer Lives
POLS 3124
Politics of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
SOC 2572
Sex & Society
GSWS Race and Diversity Electives
AAAS 2134
The Literature of American Slavery
AAAS 2151
History of Blacks in Cinema
AAAS 2205
Black Politics in America
AAAS 2251
Mass Media and the Black Community
AAAS 3205
The Black Woman
AAAS 3257
Black Social and Political Thought
AAAS 3268
Critical Readings in African American History
AAAS 3296
The Black Family
AAAS 4221
The Black Child: Development and Socialization
AAAS 4146
Women Writers in Black Literature
AAAS 4248
Dimensions of Racism
AMST 3071
African American Experiences
ANTH 2361
Peoples of Latin America
ANTH 2362
Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
ANTH 2364
People and Cultures of the Middle East and North Africa
ANTH 2367
Peoples of South Asia
ASST 2107
Asian American Experiences
ASST 3636
Asian Women in Transition
ENG 2114
Social Justice and Literature
ENG 2402
African-American Literature II
ENG 2601
Introduction to Postcolonial Literatures
ENG 2822
Language and Race
ENG 3411
Studies in African-American Literary Genre
ENG 3412
The Harlem Renaissance
ENG 3413
African-American Literary Criticism
ENG 3414
ENG 3610
Topics in Postcolonial Literature
ENG 3611
Postcolonial Theory
GUS 2073
African Development
GUS 2074
East and South Asia
GUS 3013
African Americans in Philadelphia
HIST 2103
African American History to 1865
HIST 2104
African American History 1865-Present
HIST 2105
Race and the U.S. Constitution
HIST 2514
Introduction to Latin America
HIST 2107
Asian American History
HIST 2515
Civilization and Modernity in the Caribbean
HIST 2611
Third World Issues through Film
HIST 2516
Modern Islamic History
HIST 2702
Imperialism, Race, and Empire
HIST 2703
African Diaspora
HIST 2705
HIST 2806
Colonial North Africa in European History
HIST 3217
African American Church and Black Liberation
HIST 3221
Jewish Experience in America
HIST 3511
Southern Africa: A History
HIST 3521
The Chinese Revolution
HIST 3522
Contemporary China
HIST 3531
Modern India
HIST 3542
Women and Society in Japan
HIST 3551
History of Vietnam
HIST 3561
History of Brazil
HIST 3563
Puerto Rican History
HIST 3564
Caliban's World: Cultural Politics in the 20th Century Americas
HIST 3571
Israel: History, Politics and Society
HIST 3572
Modern Middle East
HIST 3675
Third World Women's Lives
HIST 3751
Colonialism and Decolonization
LAS 2020
Topics in Latino Studies
LAS 2030
Topics in Caribbean Studies
LAS 2101
Latin America through Film and Fiction
LAS 2362
Peoples and Cultures of the Caribbean
LAS 3101
Latino Identity in the United States
LAS 3601
"Other Voices" in Latin American Literature
LAS 3801
African Culture in Brazil
POLS 3441
African American Political Theory
SOC 2179
Racial and Ethnic Stratification
SOC 3223
East to America: The Sociology of Asian Americans
SOC 3242
Constructing Race and Ethnicity
SOC 3249
Social Inequality
Total Credit Hours36

The final requirement for the major is a two-course sequence. This sequence should be taken during the major's last three semesters of enrollment. Students will select a field assignment (internship) with the assistance of the advising coordinator. This sequence is designed for students to learn how to write a research paper.