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Gender & Women's Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Claremont, CA, United States
Examine the cultural and historical production of sexual difference, the impact of feminist research, and the intersection of gender with race, sexuality, class and colonialism.


The Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) major and minor are rigorous inquiries into multiple forms of sexual difference as constructed by culture and history, and the ways these forms intersect with social forces like race, sexuality, class and colonialism.

Studying GWS challenges conventional cultural assumptions about women, sexuality and gender roles. It promotes the development of new ideas and research in feminist scholarship within an open, supportive environment.

Majors can either emphasize the theoretical focus of recent feminist interdisciplinary scholarship or pursue a joint major that links feminist research and theory to disciplines like art history, economics, English, French, history, media studies, politics, psychology, religious studies, theatre, or science, technology and society.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

  • Introduction to Women's Studies
  • Introduction to Queer Studies
  • GWS170 PO - Disability Studies: Foundations, Intersections, & Future
  • Queer and Feminist Theories
  • Feminisms in Community Engagement: Bridging Theory with Praxis Community Partnerships (CP)
  • Feminist and Queer Materialisms: Ecologies of Affect, Feeling and Sensation
  • Biopolitics: Sex, Capitalism, Affect
  • Theories of the Body
  • Critical Race Theory: Race, Gender, & the Law
  • Performance Studies & Queer of Color Interventions
  • Senior Seminar
  • Senior Thesis
  • Gender/Women's Studies: Directed Readings
  • Gender/Women's Studies: Independent Research
  • Gender/Women's Studies: Research Assistantship

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Official high school transcript(s): For most students, this means asking your high school counselor to submit your official transcript(s) with grades through your junior year.
  • School Report and Counselor Recommendation: Submitted by your high school counselor. We require all disciplinary questions to be fully answered on the Common Application School Report. Leaving the questions blank or answering "School policy prevents me from responding" is not acceptable. We will be unable to release an admissions decision without a completed disciplinary history from a school administrator.
  • Mid-Year Report by Feb. 15.
  • Two letters of recommendation from teachers of core academic areas (English, foreign languages, math, science and social sciences), and whose classes you took during your junior or senior year.
  • One-time, non-refundable application fee of $70: If the fee represents a financial hardship, a fee waiver can be requested on the Common Application or the Coalition Application. The QuestBridge application is free.
  • If you are applying from a school where English is not the primary language of instruction, you must also submit official scores from either the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). If providing these results presents a hardship, please contact us for alternatives.
  • Scores from the SAT Reasoning Test or the ACT: Please send all your scores directly to Pomona from the testing agency. We will consider your highest section scores on either the “old” or the “new” SAT by superscoring; we will not superscore across the “old” and “new” SAT tests; we will superscore ACT section scores. The writing section on the SAT and ACT is optional but recommended. SAT Subject Test scores are optional. In addition to the SAT or ACT test results, homeschooled students must submit scores from four SAT Subject Tests or a combination of four SAT Subject Tests and AP or IB Higher Level examination results in a variety of fields.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    54380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54380 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    54380 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 54380 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Claremont

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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