Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies BA Requirements

The Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Women's Studies requires at least 30 credit hours (with a C or better) including:

I. Core Courses (6 credit hours)

  • WS 439: Feminist Theory, cross-listed as POLS 339 (3) DS
  • WS 440: Feminist Methods and Research (3) DS

II. Focus Courses (24 credit hours)

At least three courses (9 credit hours) for both general and special focus majors must be selected from courses focusing on gender, race, and ethnicity in transnational perspective.

Fully Online BA Option

Students are able to complete this BA degree fully online.

The University of Hawaii at Mānoa is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and the fully online BA in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is approved by WASC.

Plans of Study

As Women's Studies majors, students may choose between:

The general focus plan consists entirely of courses within the department and provides students with an overview of the entire field of women's studies.

  • 9 credit hours in 300-level WS courses
  • 3 credit hours in 400-level WS courses
  • 12 additional credit hours in WS courses

The special focus plan gives students the opportunity to design a curriculum based on a specific topic of interest, such as gender and law or women and health. The special focus plan can include up to 15 credits outside the department as long as the courses are pre-approved and match the special focus of the plan.

  • 6 credit hours in 300-level WS courses
  • Up to 15 credits in 300- or 400-level courses outside WS
  • Additional coursework as necessary to complete 30 total credit hours

Admissions and Advising

Interested students should contact the undergraduate advisor for help in choosing classes, defining an area of interest, creating and developing proposals, exploring the fully online option, and finding the faculty advisor most suited to their areas of interest.