Critical Gender Studies


All Critical Gender Studies majors and minors are required to take the Introduction to Critical Gender Studies sequence: Critical Gender Studies 2A-B, 100, and 101.

To complete a major, students are required to take sixteen courses, comprising four courses in the introductory sequence (2A, 2B, 100, 101), and twelve upper-division courses. Six of the upper-division courses must be taken in the CGS program; the other half (six) will be drawn from among the advanced electives taught within departments. Three of the advanced elective courses must be in the Humanities Division, the other three in Social Sciences. (See information on quarterly course list below.)

Quarterly Course Newsletters

When the UCSD Schedule of Classes for an upcoming quarter goes online, the Critical Gender Studies Program makes available a list of that quarter’s proposed CGS courses. The quarterly list will also include advanced electives being offered. The Quarterly Course Newsletters for the current academic year can be found here.

Honors Program

The Critical Gender Studies Honors Program allows advanced Critical Gender Studies majors to pursue individual projects in the context of collective intellectual exchange with their peers and advising faculty. Students are eligible if they a) have senior standing at the time they begin the program, and b) are approved by the Critical Gender Studies faculty director and steering committee. Normally, students eligible for honors will have a 3.5 grade point average in upper-division courses taken for the major, but highly motivated students who do not meet this criterion may be admitted to the program at the discretion of the director and the Critical Gender Studies steering committee. 

In the fall quarter of their senior year, students take the Honors Seminar (CGS 190), taught by a member of the Critical Gender Studies faculty. The first half of the quarter is devoted to intensive analysis and discussion of recent publications in the fields of gender and sexuality. During the second half of the quarter, each student develops a short thesis proposal and presents it for group discussion. During winter quarter, each student registers for CGS 196A: Honors Research, four units of independent study with a faculty member associated with Critical Gender Studies. With the guidance of this advisor, the student carries out background research for the thesis prospectus and selects a thesis mentor. In the spring quarter, students complete the thesis under the supervision of their thesis mentor in the Honors Thesis course, CGS 196B. 

Students who complete the thesis with a grade of B+ or above and make an oral presentation have the words with distinction added to the notation of the major on their diplomas and transcripts.

Double Major in Critical Gender Studies and Another Department or Program

Students who wish to major both in Critical Gender Studies and in another department or program must fulfill all requirements for the Critical Gender Studies major as described above. A student must submit a double major petition for approval to the participating departments and the student’s college advising office. Critical Gender Studies will accept up to two upper-division courses that overlap requirements for the two majors.

Critical Gender Studies Major Course Checklist

During advising sessions with the Critical Gender Studies staff, Critical Gender Studies majors make use of a checklist to determine how courses already taken fulfill the major’s requirements. An example of the checklist can be found here.

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