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Gender and Sexuality Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #9 (QS) Chicago, IL, United States
The Gender and Sexuality Studies major at University of Chicago welcomes students for whom sexuality or gender is a crucial category of analysis working in all world areas and time periods and with a variety of methodologies.
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In the past 20 years, Gender and Sexuality Studies majors have written their BA papers on topics that include the transnational regulation of gender and sexuality by religious or governmental entities; gender construction and queer subtexts in literature and film; queer interventions in labor organizations; the ambiguous outcomes of empowerment movements and reconciliation efforts; the status of reproductive rights and capabilities across time and space.

Learning outcomes

Much work has been intersectional, examining historical and contemporary instances of “othering” and oppression through the lenses of critical race and disability theory. Several projects have come from the fine arts, including poetry and short story series, memoirs, art installations, and graphic fiction. The GSS major comprises coursework and BA supervision by faculty members and preceptors to support the development of ideas, methodologies, and research that result in an important piece of scholarly or creative work.

A major in Gender and Sexuality Studies at University of Chicago covers a broad range of topics under the eleven course requirements, the BA Essay Seminar and the BA research project or essay. We recognize two main paths by which students can develop their undergraduate concentration.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Theories of Gender and Sexuality
  • Nineteenth-Century American Mass Entertainment
  • Gender, Sexuality, Security Culture, and Protest in Post 3-11 Japan
  • Philosophies of Environmentalism and Sustainability
  • Modern Disability Histories: Gender, Race, and Disability
  • Religion and Postcolonial Feminism

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Application for Admission and Supplement Essays
  • Application Fee or Automatic Fee Waiver
  • Secondary School Report and Transcript
  • Two Teacher Evaluations
  • Midyear Report
  • Test-Optional

Tuition Fee

  • International

    57642 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57642 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    57642 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 57642 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Chicago

  • 1297 - 2500 USD/month
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