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2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Global Gender Studies BA

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How is reproductive justice activism shaping global politics? How can we protect the rights of the LGBTQI+ community through laws and policies? How do we analyze gendered and sexualized images in art, media and culture? How have ideologies of gender and sexual identities shaped systems of inequality? If these types of questions fascinate you, then let’s talk about global gender studies. Maybe you always knew you wanted to be a gender studies major, or maybe you didn’t even know it existed until now. Either way, you are welcome here-in a program that’s incredibly relevant and timely, anywhere in the world, in nearly every aspect of society. 

Visit the Global Gender Studies academic program page for more information about the academic experience, who you will learn from, opportunities outside of class and what you can do with this degree.

Visit the Global Gender and Sexuality Studies department page  for contact information, a brief overview of the department and the curricular options.

Admission Criteria

Current UB students seeking admission to the Global Gender Studies BA will be added to the major upon request by completing the College of Arts and Sciences Major/Minor Change Request Form.

Course Requirements

Global Gender Studies Electives (12 credits)

  • At least one GGS elective must be at the 300/400 level.
  • UB Seminar courses (198/199) may not be used toward GGS electives.
  • Students must get permission from the director of undergraduate studies to substitute elective courses taken outside of GGS


  • Students must complete at least 24 credits at the 300/400 level from among the above major requirements.

Total Credits Required for Major: 36

Additional Degree Requirements Include:

  • Additional coursework to fulfill UB Curriculum requirements
  • Elective courses as needed to complete the 120 credit hour total

Total Credits Required for Graduation: 120

Total Credit Hours Required represents the minimum credits needed to complete this program, and may vary based on a number of circumstances. This should not be used for financial aid purposes.

Program Distinction and Program Honors

A student in the Global Gender Studies major is eligible for Program Distinction or Program Honors upon degree conferral if the criteria are met.  Criteria are found under Academic Honors in the Academic Policy and Procedure section of this Catalog. Students who successfully complete the honors program and meet the criteria will have the appropriate notation on their official transcript. Program Distinction is also noted on the official transcript.

Curricular Plan

A Curricular Plan provides a roadmap for completing this academic program and the UB Curriculum on time. Your actual plan may vary depending on point of entry to the university, course placement and/or waivers based on standardized test scores, earned alternative credit and/or college transfer credit.

First Year Fall

Total Credits: 15 or 16

First Year Spring

Total Credits: 15 or 16

Second Year Fall

Total Credits: 16

Second Year Spring

  • Scientific Literacy 2 Credits: 3
  • Scientific Literacy Lab Credits: 1
  • Cultures and Identities course Credits: 3
  • GGS Elective Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3
  • Pathway Credits: 3

Total Credits: 16

Third Year Fall

Total Credits: 13

Third Year Spring

  • Gender and Public Policy course Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Fall

  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3
  • Elective Credits: 3

Total Credits: 15

Fourth Year Spring

Total Credits: 14

Total Credits Required: 120

Note: Some classes may count toward both a major and UB Curriculum requirement.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Use gender as an analytical category to critique cultural and social institutions within a global perspective.
  • Critically analyze the social construction of gender, especially in its intersections with race, class, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, geography, history and religion
  • Evaluate gendered practices, including the conceptualization of difference, the production and recreation of femininity and masculinity, the division of labor, and the creation and maintenance of ideologies and social institutions.
  • Explain the varieties of feminist theories, including an analysis of the debates that have shaped the development of feminist and gender studies scholarship.
  • Integrate feminist theory and practice through analysis of feminist activism around the globe.
  • Apply feminist theory and gender analysis to critique injustice and generate responses to oppression.
  • Produce original written research grounded in feminist theory and gender analysis.
  • Evaluate current academic research produced through feminist theory and gender analysis.
  • Read documents closely and critically in order to explain and evaluate the central arguments of academic scholarship.
  • Apply feminist methods, including critical self-reflection and ethical practices, to plan and conduct original research.
  • Imagine a world that reflects feminist principles of liberation, social justice, respect and care.


(HEGIS: 49.03 HUMANITIES & SOCIAL SCI, CIP05.0299 Ethnic, Cultural Minority, and Gender Studies, Other)


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