Liberal Arts: Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies, AA

Room: M-Building, M-405

Phone: (718) 349-4097


The Liberal Arts Option in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGS) option is designed for students who have a strong interest in becoming better-informed world citizens who are equipped to tackle the systemic implications and outcomes of particular local, national, and global forces that disproportionately affect women and LGBTQ people. The WGS option is primarily for students who plan to major in WGS or related fields at four-year institutions.

Are You Interested In...

  • Provocative reading?
  • Questioning widespread assumptions?
  • Confronting injustice and oppression?
  • Learning about gendered and sexual differences?
  • Exploring your own sexual identity?
  • Cooperatively debating controversial topics?
  • Learning about the hidden histories of women and LGBTQIA+ people?
  • Queering philosophical theories?

Skills You Will Learn

  • The history of suppression of women and LGBTQIA+ people, particularly those of color
  • How to analyze the ways that local, national, and global social institutions impact women and LGBTQIA+ people
  • Creative self-exploration of freedom and identity
  • How to respectfully build solidarity across differences
  • Envisioning radical new futures that center justice for women and LGBTQIA+ people, particularly those of color

What makes this major unique?

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies uniquely engages students in the discovery and exploration of culture and society through the intersections of gender, race, sexuality, class, and nationality. The types of analysis that are done in WGS can be translated to any field, including STEM fields.

Career Possibilities

The majority of careers for this major require at least a Bachelor’s Degree.

The types of analysis that are done in WGS can be translated to any field, including STEM fields. Additionally, demand for expertise in gender issues is growing and everyone from governments to businesses to hospitals need employees who understand gendered issues in the workplace such as sexual harassment, flex-time, parental leave, pay equity, and equal employment opportunities. The degree is well-suited for students who plan to attend graduate or professional schools.

Transfer Possibilities

  • Hunter College – BA in Women and Gender Studies
  • Brooklyn College
  • Lehman College
  • Queens College
  • New York University
  • SUNY Stony Brook
  • Vassar College
  • Sarah Lawrence College
  • University of Massachusetts
  • Amherst -Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies
  • Political Science
  • Public Affairs
  • Social Work

Degree Requirements

A. REQUIRED CORE: 12 Credits

English: 6 credits

  • ENG101 English Composition I 3
    (or ENA101 depending on placement)
  • ENG102 Writing through Literature 3

Mathematical and Quantitative Reasoning: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses: 3

  • MAT107 Mathematics and the Modern World
  • MAT123 Modern Problem Solving (Depending on placement)
  • MAT115 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MAT117 Algebra and Trigonometry (depending on placement)
  • MAT119 Statistics with Elementary Algebra (depending on placement)
  • MAT120 Elementary Statistics

Life & Physical Sciences: 3 credits

Select one of the following courses: 3

  • SCB101 Topics in Biological Sciences
  • SCB206 Introduction to Neuroscience
  • SCC101 Topics in Chemistry
  • SCC102 Chemistry of Photography
  • SCP101 Topics in Physics
  • SCP105 Life in the Universe
  • SCP140 Topics in Astronomy

B. FLEXIBLE CORE: 18 Credits 18

Select one course from each of the five flexible core categories and one additional course from any flexible core category. Note: Students can select only two courses from any one discipline.

  • World Cultures and Global Issues
  • US Experience in its Diversity
  • Creative Expression
  • Individual and Society
  • Scientific World


Students are advised to select one Urban Study course to complete college requirement. To complete the degree requirements from the Flexible Core, students are advised to select courses from the recommended course selections listed on the program website.

Courses Credits
Liberal Arts: 6 Credits
LIF101 First Year Seminar for Liberal Arts Social Science and Humanities 3
LIB200 Humanism, Science & Technology 3
Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies: 6 Credits
LIB101 Introduction to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies 3
LIB201 Transnational Feminisms 3
English: 6 Credits
ENG103 Preparing and Writing the Research Paper 3
Select one of the following courses:
ENG245 Images of Women in Literature
ENG247 The Woman Writer: Her Vision and Her Art
ENG261 Literature of Difference: Gay and Lesbian Writers
ENG252 Sexuality in Literature
Humanities: 3 Credits
Select one of the following courses:
HUP122 Philosophy of Gender and Sex
HUC118 Gender and Communication
Social Science: 9 Credits
Select three of the following courses:
SSH151 Women and Gender in U.S. History
SSN201 Politics of Sexuality
SSI210 Women in Society
SSY205 Psychology of Women

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