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FAQ

Getting Started

  1. How do I declare my Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies major/minor? What about the GLBT minor?
  2. What courses do I need to take for my Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies major/ minor?
  3. Why do I need to meet with an adviser? Who is my adviser?
  4. I took Women's Studies courses at another university. Can they count toward my U of M B.A. in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies?

Making Progress

  1. I have a registration hold – what do I do?
  2. I'm planning to study abroad. Do I need to meet with a Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies adviser?
  3. What is a good way to balance my workload? How many Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies classes can I take at a time?

Honors

  1. What are the requirements for Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Honors?
  2. Which Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Honors courses are available this semester?
  3. What is the Honors Senior Project?

Senior Project

  1. Can I complete my senior project during the summer?
  2. Can I complete my senior project as a directed study?
  3. Can I complete my senior project at another university?
  4. I am completing a double major. Do I have to do my senior project in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies?

Career, Graduation & Internship Opportunities

  1. Where can I go to get information about internships and job opportunities?
  2. How do I apply for graduation?
  3. What sort of jobs can I get with a degree in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies?

Getting Started

1. How do I declare my Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies major? How about the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies or GLBT Studies minors?
Make an appointment to meet with the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies adviser by calling 612-624-6809, or stop into the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies advising office in 404 Ford Hall. You can also email gwssadv@umn.edu.

2. What courses do I need to take for a Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies major/ minor or a GLBT Studies minor?

3. Who is my adviser? Why do I need to meet with an adviser?
Advising is a collaborative process with you at the center. During your academic career, you will have at least two advisers. One is the college adviser who oversees the student's entire degree progress. Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies majors have CLA Advisers through CLA Advising, usually in the CLA Society and Culture Student Community. Honors degree candidates in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies have CLA advisers in the Honors Program office. Check out CLA's online advising service, as well.

A student's other adviser is the major department adviser. Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies majors and students considering a Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies major have a departmental adviser in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Advising Office, 404 Ford, (612)-624-6809.

4. I took Women’s Studies courses at another university. Can they count toward my U of M B.A. in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies?
Courses may transfer to the major after evaluation of a course syllabus and sample work from your other university have been evaluated. Please make an appointment to meet with the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies adviser, and bring as much information about the course(s) as you can. We do have agreements with some local colleges and universities regarding accepting transfer coursework without a petition. Please contact the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies advising office for further information.

Making Progress

1. I have a registration hold – what do I do?
Check to make sure the hold is from the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies department and that it is preventing you from registering for the upcoming semester. You can check this at the University’s One Stop page. If you find that you have a hold from the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies advising office, schedule an appointment to meet with the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies adviser.

2. I am planning to study abroad. Do I need to meet with a Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies adviser?
Yes, you will need to schedule an appointment with both your major and college (and minor, if relevant) advisers before you depart AND you will need to meet with your advisers on your return to have courses approved. Please remember that pre-study abroad planning does not in itself mean that courses you take abroad are approved for the major, which is why you need to meet with an adviser on your return, providing him or her with additional information on the courses you took. For further information on study abroad, please contact the Learning Abroad Center.

3. What is a good way to balance my workload? How many Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies classes can I take at a time?
We recommend that you do not take more than two or three Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies classes per semester, so you can balance major requirements with those outside the major. However, this is a recommendation and we understand that specific circumstances may differ. If you wish to discuss semester planning further, please schedule an appointment with an adviser.

Honors

1. What are the requirements for Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Honors?
To participate in the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies honors program, students must first apply for admission to the Honors Program and plan a major program with the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies adviser (Advising: 419 Ford Hall, 612-624-6809). For further details, see our Honors page.

2. Which Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Honors courses are available this semester?
Please see the course guide for details.

3. Honors Senior Project
Talk with the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies or the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies adviser about your senior project if you are in Honors. This project should be a major research or creative thesis. The Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies senior project counts as the honors thesis when this project is undertaken as honors by contract in any course satisfying the senior project requirement. It must conform to the Department’s guidelines for the senior project. When it is also a summa thesis, it must conform to the standards set by the primary thesis adviser and thesis committee, the student and the CLA Honors Division.

Senior Projects

1. Can I complete my senior project during the summer?
Rarely. The department generally is unable to accommodate student projects during the summer, but some exceptions are occasionally made. Please contact the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies advising office if you are concerned about your senior project.

2. Can I complete my senior project as a directed study?
Yes. When doing a directed study, whether it is a senior project or another independent project, advance planning is essential. Please be sure to meet with the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies adviser prior to arranging a directed study. If you plan to complete your senior project as a directed study, meet with the Gender, Women, and Sexuality adviser no later than the semester before you plan to do your project.

3. Can I complete my senior project at another university?
In most cases, the answer is no. Students should plan to complete their senior project on the U of MN Twin Cities campus.

4. I am a double major. Do I have to do my senior project in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies?
No, you can choose the major in which to complete your senior project, although you must meet credit requirements in both majors. The exception to this is Honors students who must complete their senior project in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies if Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies is their Honors major.

Career, Graduation & Internship Opportunities

1. Where can I go to get information about internships and job opportunities?
The University has a number of resources for information about internships and job opportunities relevant to Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies majors. For available internships in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, review the Career and Community Learning Center’s website for available internships and job opportunities in the area. For more information, visit the CCLC office, 135 Johnston Hall, where you can meet with staff and access career resources and job and internship listings.

2. How do I apply for graduation?
While finishing up your degree during your last year at the University, meet with both the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies adviser and college adviser to make sure you’re on track. Then, very early in your last semester, apply for graduation. For information on the application process and deadlines, visit OneStop CLA also offers a “Steps to Graduation” page where you can find suggestions for planning your last year at the University.

3. What types of jobs can I get with a degree in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies?
For an idea of the types of jobs a Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies B.A. degree would be used for, go to the Career and Community Learning Center webpage called “What can I do with a major in Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies?” Find out about the possibilities for Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies majors in the professional world. In addition, the Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies department holds an annual “What I Can Do With A Major In Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies” event, in which University alumni with degrees in Women's Studies and CCLC staff talk about career possibilities. The sessions feature guest speakers who demonstrate the great variety of professions pursued by Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies majors and are a great opportunity for students to network with individuals in the professional world. The Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies adviser would be happy to meet with you and talk about your individual interests and aspirations, as well as assisting you in exploring career options.