What will I learn?

Gender, sexuality and women’s studies provides a broad interpretation and view of diversity, including the interdisciplinary, cross-cultural examination of women’s perspectives and experiences, masculinity and femininity, and heterosexuality and alternate sexualities as culturally constructed and socially experienced. A Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies requires a total of 120 credits with 30 credits in GSWS courses and at least 15 of those credits in upper-level courses. Students may choose a general interdisciplinary program or a health and science concentration. All students also must complete core course requirements of GSWS 201 and GSWS 401.

Students in the health and science concentration must take GSWS 301 and GSWS 393, in addition to three credits from the diversity/international perspectives on gender, sexuality and women and nine credits from the health and science perspectives area. STAT 210 is recommended in this concentration, and an additional three credits (for a total of six credits) in a natural science are required.

Career opportunities

An undergraduate degree in Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies is good preparation for graduate study in the subject, as well as other areas such as, health, public administration, or business. Obtain leadership roles in school or community organizations. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are imperative for most careers related to education, law, politics, or government. Gain experience in fundraising and grant writing techniques. Nonprofit and educational organizations are often funded in this manner. Part-time and summer jobs, internships, and volunteer positions are critical to gaining the experience and skills that employers seek.

Bachelor-level job titles

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
  • Community Health Worker
  • Fundraiser 
  • Health Educator
  • Human Resource Specialist
  • Medical Records and Health Information Technicians
  • Social and Human Services Assistant  
  • Social Science Research Assistant
  • Staff and Legislative Assistant 
  • Technical Writer
  • Training & Development Specialist

Which department am I in?

College of Humanities and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$32,742.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

18 August 2020

Venue

College of Humanities and Sciences

828 West Franklin Street,

RICHMOND,

Virginia,

23284, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Admission to a VCU undergraduate degree program requires graduation from a secondary school or the equivalent (lyceum, senior middle school, university preparatory school, completion of GCSE exams, Standard 12 graduation, etc.), which normally consists of at least 12 years beyond kindergarten. Your secondary education should be the type that would prepare you for entrance to a recognized university in your home country.

For international students

Admission to a VCU undergraduate degree program requires graduation from a secondary school or the equivalent (lyceum, senior middle school, university preparatory school, completion of GCSE exams, Standard 12 graduation, etc.), which normally consists of at least 12 years beyond kindergarten.

Your secondary education should be the type that would prepare you for entrance to a recognized university in your home country.

The required TOEFL score for undergraduate applicants is 70 iBT, 550 PBT or IELTS of 6.0 (academic band score). The required PTE score is 53.

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About this uni

Virginia Commonwealth University is a top 100 research university and number one public postgraduate arts school in the US.

  • VCU is one of the top 3 research universities in Virginia
  • 21% growth in sponsored awards in a 10-year period
  • 1,600 international students from 108 countries
  • 173-acre campus in downtown Richmond