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4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Bloomington
English
Fall

Program description

Gender Studies

The B.A. major in gender studies encourages students to ask critical questions about how gender operates within the cultures of the world. Required courses explore the making and meaning of gender across cultures and social formations and analyze gender in institutions, practices, representations, and knowledge across a range of cultural frameworks. They may also interrogate the intersections between gender and systemic forms of oppression and/or difference, including those based on race, aboriginality, ethnicity, class, and sexual identity and desire. Students achieve a scholarly understanding of the options and situations of both women and men, in the past as well as the present; they are often encouraged to devise and execute original research projects.

Admission requirements

First-year admission standards

High school curriculum & equivalency prerequisites

  • 8 credits (semesters) of English, such as literature, grammar, or composition
  • 7 credits (semesters) of mathematics, including:
    • 4 credits of algebra and 2 credits of geometry (or an equivalent 6 credits of integrated algebra and geometry)
    • 1 credit of pre-calculus, trigonometry, or calculus
  • 6 credits (semesters) of social sciences, including:
    • 2 credits of U.S. history
    • 2 credits of world history/civilization/geography
    • 2 additional credits in government, economics, sociology, history, or similar topics
  • 6 credits (semesters) of sciences, including at least 4 credits of laboratory sciences: biology, chemistry, or physics
  • 4 credits (semesters) of world languages
  • 3 or more credits (semesters) of additional college-preparatory courses
    • Additional mathematics credits are recommended for students intending to pursue a science degree
    • Additional world language credits are recommended for all students

Average high school GPA

3.90 (out of 4.0)

Secondary school graduation requirement

You need to complete the equivalent of U.S. high school. Many education systems call this upper secondary school. It includes all course components and examinations required for graduation.

If you are homeschooled or attend an alternative school, you need to submit credentials that demonstrate equivalent levels of achievement and ability.

Demonstration of English proficiency

IU Bloomington requires all nonnative English-speaking international undergraduate applicants to demonstrate English proficiency.

For more information about admission requirements in each IU school, please contact the institute.


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Program content

Year One

Fall Term

  • IUB GenEd Foundations: English Composition
  • IUB GenEd Foundations: Mathematical Modeling
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Foreign Language
  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Social and Historical Studies
  • Major Requirement: Gender, Culture, and Society Core Course

Spring Term

  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Foreign Language
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Critical Approaches
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Public Oral Communication
  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Natural and Mathematical Sciences
  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Social and Historical Studies

Year Two

Fall Term

  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Foreign Language
  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Arts and Humanities
  • Major Requirement: Core Elective (1 of 3)
  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Natural and Mathematical Sciences
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Arts and Humanities

Spring Term

  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Foreign Language
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Arts and Humanities
  • IUB GenEd Breadth of Inquiry: Natural and Mathematical Sciences: Natural Science
  • Major Requirement: International Non-Western Course
  • Major Requirement: Core Elective (2 of 3)

Year Three

Fall Term

  • Major Requirement: Core Concepts and Key Debates Core Course
  • Major Requirement: Core Elective (3 of 3)
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Social and Historical Studies
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Natural and Mathematical Sciences
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Diversity in the United States

Spring Term

  • Major Requirement: Upper Level Major Elective (1 of 2)
  • Major Requirement: 400 Level Major Elective (1 of 3)
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Global Civilizations and Cultures
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Upper Level Elective
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Upper Level Elective

Year Four

Fall Term

  • Major Requirement: 400 Level Major Elective (2 of 3)
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Social and Historical Studies
  • College of Arts and Sciences (CASE): Upper Level Elective
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Upper Level Elective
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Upper Level Elective

Spring Term

  • Major Requriement: Upper Level Major Elective (2 of 2)
  • Major Requirement: 400 Level Major Elective (3 of 3)
  • College of Arts and Sciences (CASE): Upper Level Elective
  • College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE): Upper Level Elective
  • General Elective

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available, please contact the university for more information.

Tuition fees

  • Indiana residents: $11,332 per year
  • Non-residents: $38,352 per year

Qualification

Credits:120

Through the major

The major in Gender Studies provides you with a set of skills and qualities that are relevant and transferable to many areas of study and work. Through the major you will:

  • Develop evidence-based arguments, defend your position, and make informed oral and written presentations
  • Advance cultural awareness and understanding of gender structures and representations
  • Develop new approaches to knowledge about women and gender-related issues
  • Transform traditional disciplines and fields of study through the incorporation of methods, theories, and a range of frameworks relevant to race, class, and gender studies
  • Examine complex constructions of gender in different historical epochs, cultural arenas, and global processes
  • Inform and interact, both orally and in writing, with experts and non-specialists

Through a College of Arts and Sciences degree

Your coursework provides many opportunities to develop the following five foundational skills that will serve you well in every career path:

  • Question critically
  • Think logically
  • Communicate clearly
  • Act creatively
  • Live ethically

These foundational skills will aid you in landing your first job and advancing professionally throughout your working life. Not only are these the skills that employers say they value most in the workplace, they provide the best preparation for lifelong success in a world of complexity, uncertainty, and change.

Career opportunities

Initial and long-term destinations for graduates include positions in many job sectors: education, federal and state government, research and policy, non-profit organizations, helping professions, the corporate sector, and more. Graduates with the Gender Studies B.A. have become researchers, educators, policy advisors, businesspersons, and journalists, among many other careers.

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Indiana University Bloomington

Indiana University in Bloomington (IU) was founded in 1820 and is one of the largest universities in the United States. IU is one of only 34 public university members of the selective Association of American Universities. Its 42,000 students come...


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107 S. Indiana Avenue
47405 Bloomington Indiana
United States of America

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