The SWAGS Major is designed to give students a comprehensive understanding of gender and sexuality from a historical, political and global perspective. Our courses range from the introductory analysis of gender and sex as categories of difference to more complex and advanced courses that consider such questions as gender and sexual  expression, political rights and repression, and feminist science and technology studies and so on, from a specific disciplinary perspective. Some of our courses have “recommended” requisites; most do not have prerequisites. While there is not a set order in which you must take our courses, we do have some recommendations that will help you get the most out of your major.

Core Courses

Our three core courses are typically offered once a year: SWAG 100 The Cross-Cultural Construction of Gender is usually offered in the fall semester and SWAG 200 Feminist Theory is usually offered in the spring semester. SWAG 400 Contemporary Debates is offered once a year in the fall or the spring depending on faculty leave schedules and other department needs.

Recommended Pathway

We recommend that you complete SWAG 100 and SWAG 200 by the end of your sophomore year. SWAG 400 can be taken during your junior or senior year. If you are thinking of doing an honors thesis in SWAGS, then it would be helpful to take SWAG 400 during your junior year as the research component is good preparation for thesis work. Electives can be distributed evenly over your semesters; most of the time you would only need to take one SWAGS course per semester.