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Undergraduate Programs

The Gender Studies Major: Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies

Undergraduate students may design their own major through the Bachelor’s in Interdisciplinary Studies. The Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies (BIS) provides a flexible, individualized program of study for the self-directed learner. It is intended for students who have unique educational goals that cannot be met by any other UMSL degree program. Each degree program is developed by the student, with advising by faculty and a professional Student Services Coordinator. It is open to all students, including those enrolled in the Pierre Laclede Honors College. The BIS degree enables a student to combine courses from at least three different disciplines, taken at the intermediate or advanced level. This allows students to study a subject from multiple academic perspectives (for example, Gender Studies, including History, English, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology, and/or Social Work), or to combine courses for a specific career goal (for example, leadership or non-profit management). Student may also receive credit for professional internships, research internships, or community service, under the supervision of a UMSL faculty member. Some BIS degree programs may be completed entirely with evening courses.

The BIS requires the student to define a personalized Area of Study of at least 36 credit hours, no more than 15 hours of which can be in one department. All courses in the Area of Study must be at the 2000-level or above, and 18 credits must be earned at UMSL after the student is admitted to the BIS program. Up to six hours may be taken as faculty-supervised professional internship, research internship, or community service, which must be approved by the faculty member in advance. In order to be admitted to the BIS, students must also have a campus grade point average of 2.0 or above. Please contact the Assistant Director for more information.


Gender Studies Undergraduate Certificate

Similar to a minor, a Gender Studies Certificate supplements a student's traditional academic major by promoting critical analysis of gender roles and structures across different times and cultures. Earning a certificate not only enables students to broaden their educational experience and develop new insights into their own lives and aspirations but also facilitates employment in a wide variety of occupations.

Requirements For Admission

Undergraduate certificate candidates must meet the University’s general education requirements. Applicants must have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5 and must maintain a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. in Gender Studies courses. Students should visit Lucas 494 or contact the assistant program director, Dr. Lynn Staley at staleyly@umsl.edu to officially enroll in the program.

Certificate Requirements

Students must take at least 18 credit hours in Gender Studies courses. 9 hours must include 3 core courses:

  1. GS 2102 Introduction to Gender Studies
  2. GS 4100 Introduction to Feminist Theory or another 3000-5000 level course in feminist or gender theory.
  3. Capstone Experience: Students must complete a final research project or practicum. The Capstone requirement may be satisfied by GS 4352 Independent Study in Gender Studies, GS 4353 Internship in Gender Studies, or by a 4000-level Gender Studies course or other 4000-level seminar where student completes a final research and writing project that focuses on gender studies.

The remaining 9 credit hours may be cross-listed courses with student’s major department or Gender Studies electives from various disciplines.

Students should visit Lucas 494 or contact the Assistant Director to officially enroll.  


Gender Studies and College of Business Undergraduate Leadership Certificate

Requirements For Admission

Undergraduate certificate candidates must meet the University’s general education requirements. Applicants must have a cumulative G.P.A. of at least 2.5 and must maintain a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. in Gender Studies and Business courses. Students should visit Lucas 494, contact the Assistant Director, or speak with a College of Business Advisor for more information on enrolling in the program.

Certificate Requirements

Students must take at least 18 hours of Gender Studies courses. 6 hours must include 2 core components:

  1. GS 2102 Introduction to Gender Studies
  2. Capstone Experience: The capstone requirement may be satisfied by GS 4352, Independent Study in Gender Studies, or GS 4353, Internship in Gender Studies. Opportunities for independent study or internship include the Sue Shear Institute for Women in Public Life, the University Mentoring Program, the Women’s Executive Leadership Institute, or a comparable program approved by the GS director.
  3. The remaining 12 hours may be selected from the following choices. Students may take no more than two courses per curricular designation:
COMM 3337 Male/Female Communication
COMM 2232 Effective Communication In The Organization: Tools For Leadership
GS 2150 Special Topics In Gender Studies
MGMT/SOC 3600 Management And Organizational Behavior
MGMT 3611 Advanced Management And Organizational Behavior
MGMT 3623/PSYCH 3318     Industrial And Organizational Psychology
 MGMT 3625 Leadership in Organization
MKTG 3785         Women in International Entrepreneurship 1
PHIL/GS 2253 Philosophy And Feminism
 POL SCI 2380      The Politics of Gender in the United States
POL SCI 3590 Women and Leadership World-Wide: Breaking the Glass Ceiling
PSYCH 2230 Psychology Of Gender
PSYCH 3316 Fundamentals Of Leadership
PSYCH 3318/MGMT 3623 Industrial And Organizational Psychology
SOC/MGMT 3600 Management and Organizational Behavior 


COMING SOON! Gender Studies Certificate in Gender in the Military

  • Graduate Programs: For information on the post-baccalaureate Gender Studies certificate and Mentoring Program.