Curriculum Requirements

Major Courses
GSS 201Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies3
GSS 301Feminist Inquiries3
Select six GSS courses at the 300 level or above 118
Select a minimum of two additional GSS core courses6
Additional Required Courses
WRS 105First-Year Writing I3
WRS 106First-Year Writing II3
or ENG 106 Writing About Literature and Culture
UMX 100The University of Miami Experience0
Quantitative Skills Requirement:3
Precalculus Mathematics II (or higher)
Language Requirement9
STEM Cognate9
Arts and Humanities Cognate9
Minor Requirement15
Electives39
Total Credit Hours120
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All Majors have the option of completing GSS 501 (or GSS 505), which will take the form of an individual research project with a faculty member of the student's choice; the student is responsible for finding an appropriate faculty member who is available to supervise the project and then must seek formal approval from the program director before proceeding with the project. The student must produce a substantial written report or research paper, the format of which will vary according to the nature of the project.

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A grade of C- or better in each course, with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in GSS courses is required. 

Suggested Plan of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Freshman Year
FallCredit Hours
WRS 105 First-Year Writing I 3
MTH 108 Precalculus Mathematics II 3
Language (first course) 3
People & Society or Arts and Humanities cognate (first course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
WRS 106 First-Year Writing II 3
Language (second course) 3
STEM cognate (first course) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Sophomore Year
Fall
GSS 201 Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies 3
GSS Core Course 3
People & Society or Arts and Humaities cognate (second course) 3
Minor (first course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GSS 301 Feminist Inquiries 3
GSS Core Course 3
Minor (second course) 3
STEM cognate (second course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Junior Year
Fall
GSS Course 300 Level or above 3
GSS Course 300 level or above 3
Minor (third course) 3
STEM cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GSS Course 300 level or above 3
GSS Course 300 level or above 3
Minor (fourth course) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Senior Year
Fall
GSS Course 300 level or above 3
Minor (fifth course) 3
People & Society or Arts and Humanities cognate (third course) 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
Spring
GSS Course 300 level or above 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
Elective 3
 Credit Hours15
 Total Credit Hours120

Mission

The Program in Gender and Sexuality Studies seeks to encourage the rigorous investigation of gender as a significant issue in all areas of human experience. It reaches across disciplines to draw on a range of methods, theories, and perspectives that help us to understand how ideas and structures based on gender shape our lives.

Goals

The program’s core objective is to foster the examination, open discussion, and lively debate of gender issues among faculty and students from all fields of study, enriching the undergraduate curriculum and the university’s academic mission through greater communication across disciplines and colleges. Its aim is to broaden, deepen, and transform the learning community at UM and beyond.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will demonstrate understanding of gender and / or sexuality as categories of analysis and as components of human experience and investigate and challenge normative models and viewpoints.
  • Students will build critical and analytical thinking skills.
  • Students will build their verbal and written communications skills.