Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies with a 3+3 Track to Law (BA)

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Departmental Admission Requirements

Admission to the BA in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies requires a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 and a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on courses in the major. A 3.5 GPA is recommended by the School of Law (see below).

The Application for Major form can be found on the Arts & Sciences Advising Center website.

Admission to Law School

Admission to the 3+3 track does not guarantee admission to the law school. Students seeking admission to law school must complete a law school application and satisfy all of Brandeis’ admissions requirements, including its median GPA and LSAT expectations.

The law school requires that students seeking admission through the 3+3 program have completed three years of undergraduate course work, including transfer credit and credit earned in summer. It is recommended that students planning to pursue this track have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5.

For more information on Brandeis and its admissions requirements, please contact the Brandeis School of Law Office of Admissions.  A visit to the law school and an opportunity to observe a class can be arranged.  

General Education Requirements

General Education Requirements *31
The following courses are required by the program and can satisfy the respective General Education Requirement:
Women In American Culture
Some program guided electives also may satisfy General Education requirements.

*All degrees require the completion of the University-wide General Education Program (link provided above).  Some General Education requirements may be met in the requirements for the major or supporting coursework, in which case additional electives may be required to complete the minimum hours for the degree.

College/School Requirements

Arts & Sciences Requirements
GEN 100Student Success Center First Year Experience1
or GEN 101 Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
Electives in Humanities or Natural Sciences at the 300 level or above 19
Foreign Language 212
WR - two approved courses at the 300 level or above 3
Minimum Total Hours22

Program/Major Requirements

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Core Courses
WGST 201Women In American Culture 3
WGST 401Community Internship3
WGST 500Senior Seminar in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Humanities Electives
Select up to 3 courses, of which one must be at the 400+ level: 6-9
Seeing Gender: Introduction to Gender in Visual Studies
Gender Issues in Public Dialogue
Introduction to Philosophy through Cultural Diversity
Humanities and Gender
Women in Music: A History
Women and Global Literature
Gender and Children's Literature
Women and Religion
Black Women Novelists
Women in Africa: Historical and Literary Perspectives
Philosophy and Feminism
Women Writers and Filmmakers
LGBTQ Literature in the United States
African-American Women in Theatre
Women, Media and Culture
Queer Performance
Women's Personal Narratives
The Body in Popular Media
Gender and Popular Music
Art and Trauma
Feminism and Science Fiction
Feminist Philosophical Literature
Francophone Women Writers
Health and Social Justice
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Social Science Electives
Select up to 3 courses, of which one must be at the 400+ level: 6-9
DIGITAL FEMINISM-SBD2
Sex, Gender and Culture
World LGBTQ+ Cinema
Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies
LGBTQ and Applied Healthcare
Sociology of Women's Health
Sociology of Gender
Gender, Sexuality & Law
Queer Politics
Communication and Gender
The History of Women, 1700 to the Present
History of Childhood in America
Women in Latin American History
Motherhood and the Law
Black Women and the Criminology System
Faces of Global Poverty
Black Lesbian Lives
Racism and Sexism
African-American Women
Color Complex of Black Women
Women in American Politics
Women's Health Issues
Lectures in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Black Feminism in Action
Psychology of Women
Gender and Work
Sociology of Disabilities
Sexual Assault and the Legal System
Reproductive Justice
Domestic Violence
Women: International Perspective
Gender in the Middle East
Women and Medicine
Transnational Feminism
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century
Feminism in Western Civilization, 1790-1920
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S.
History of American Sexualities
Women in 19th-Century America
Woman and Sport
Women's Health in Africa
African American Women and the History of Reproductive Justice
Black Women's Voices
Language, Race, Class, and Gender
Feminist Theory
Women in Developing Countries
Women in East Asian History
Elective in Women/Gender and Race
Select two of the following: 46
Black Women and the Criminology System
Black Women Novelists
Faces of Global Poverty
Black Lesbian Lives
Women in Africa: Historical and Literary Perspectives
Racism and Sexism
African-American Women
Color Complex of Black Women
African-American Women in Theatre
Black Feminism in Action
Gender, Race, Work, and Welfare
U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century
African American Women and the History of Reproductive Justice
Women's Health in Africa
Black Women's Voices
Southern Women: Black and White
Language, Race, Class, and Gender
Health and Social Justice
Elective in Women/Gender History
Select one of the following: 53
The History of Women, 1700 to the Present
History of Childhood in America
Women in Latin American History
Women and Medicine
U.S. Social Justice Movements of the 20th Century
Feminism in Western Civilization, 1790-1920
Women in the Twentieth Century in Europe and the U.S.
History of American Sexualities
Women in 19th-Century America
Southern Women: Black and White
Women in East Asian History
Elective in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at the 300-level or above 6
Minimum Total Hours39
Law School Courses
LAW 802Torts I3
LAW 803Torts II3
LAW 804Contracts I3
LAW 805Contracts II3
LAW 806PROPERTY I3
LAW 807PROPERTY II3
LAW 808Civil Procedure I3
LAW 810Criminal Law3
LAW 811Lawyering Skills I3
LAW 812Lawyering Skills II3
Minimum Total Hours30

At least 50 of the total minimum hours required must be at the 300 level or above. 

Culminating Undergraduate Experience (Graduation requirement)
Requirement fulfilled by completing:
Senior Seminar in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences
1

In addition to the Humanities courses required in the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Core

2

Completion of the intermediate level of a single foreign language

3

May be incorporated into other degree requirements

4

Some titles of the following courses may be used, consult department:  WGST 390, WGST 391, WGST 593

5

Some titles of the following courses may be used, consult department:  WGST 391

Flight Plan

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallHours
GEN 100
Student Success Center First Year Experience
or Arts & Sciences First Year Experience
1
ENGL 101 Introduction to College Writing 3
WGST 201 Women In American Culture 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences Lab - SL 1
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities - AH 3
 Hours14
Spring
General Education: Cardinal Core Social & Behavioral Sciences Historical Perspective - SBH 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Humanities Elective 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Natural Sciences - S 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Quantitative Reasoning - QR 3
General Education: Cardinal Core Arts & Humanities Global Diversity - AHD2 3
 Hours15
Year 2
Fall
WGST 199
Writing in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies
or Intermediate College Writing
3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Race & Gender elective 3
WGST 203 Gender Issues in Public Dialogue 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies elective 3
Foreign Language 1 3-4
 Hours16
Spring
Elective 3
Foreign Language 2 3-4
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies History elective 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Humanities elective or WGST Race & Gender elective 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Social Science elective or WGST Race & Gender elective 3
 Hours16
Year 3
Fall
WGST 401 Community Internship 3
Foreign Language 3 3-4
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Humanities elective (400 level or above) 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Social Science elective 6
 Hours16
Spring
WGST 500 Senior Seminar in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies: Social Sciences 3
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies elective (300 level or above) 3
Foreign Language 4 (if needed) or Humanities or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
Humanities or Natural Science elective (300 level or above) 3
 Hours15
Year 4
Fall
LAW 802 Torts I 3
LAW 804 Contracts I 3
LAW 806 PROPERTY I 3
LAW 810 Criminal Law 3
LAW 811 Lawyering Skills I 3
 Hours15
Spring
LAW 803 Torts II 3
LAW 805 Contracts II 3
LAW 807 PROPERTY II 3
LAW 808 Civil Procedure I 3
LAW 812 Lawyering Skills II 3
 Hours15
 Minimum Total Hours122

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