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BA Gender and Women's Studies

 Course Level
Bachelors / UG
 Type
Full Time

 Duration
4 Years
 Start month
September

 Tuition fee

International
28502 USD
National
12036 USD

Application fee

International 75 USD
National 50 USD
Department
Department of Gender and Women's Studies
Scores accepted
IELTS (min)6.5
TOEFL-IBT (min)80
TOEFL-PBT (min)550
SAT (avg)1390
ACT (avg)31

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About this course

The mission of the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies is to examine relationships of power, identity and transformation by:

  • Reading narratives and representations
  • Questioning institutions and cultures
  • Challenging discrimination and inequity; and
  • Understanding racialized, sexualized, and queer bodies

A major in Gender & Women’s Studies encourages students to think broadly about intersections of race, gender and sexuality while challenging discrimination and inequities.  Students majoring in Gender & Women’s Studies gain foundational skills to examine gender, race, class, ethnicity, religion and sexuality in relation to local, national, colonial, post-colonial and transnational contexts. The major forges together an array of feminist and intersectional approaches which draw upon social sciences, humanities, sciences, arts and community engagement. Students will sharpen their abilities to critically analyze gender, approach problems theoretically, and utilize cross-disciplinary research methods to question institutions and cultures.

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Eligibility Criteria

English Language Requirement-
TOEFL IBT- 80

IELTS Academic-

  • Overall Score 6.5
  • Listening 6
  • Writing 6
  • Reading 6
  • Speaking 6

PTE Academic

  • Overall Score 54 
  • Listening 47
  • Writing 56
  • Reading 51
  • Speaking 53 

TOEFL PBT

  • Total Score 550 

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Course Modules

Courses
GWS 100   Intro Gender & Women's Studies   credit: 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary introduction to the study of gender, women, and sexuality. Addresses issues such as social experience, representation and popular culture, femininities and masculinities, family structure, education, employment, economics, literature and the arts, religion, history, and technology. Explores interrelationships of race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender, ability, and age from a transnational perspective. Same as HDFS 140 and SOC 130.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
GWS 103   Black Women in the Diaspora   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AFRO 103 and AFST 103. See AFRO 103.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)
GWS 150   Contemp Women's Issues   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores the most recent debate and research related to contemporary issues which affect primarily women. Reviews issues related to sexual and domestic violence, gender socialization, feminization of poverty, women's health, sexual harassment, work and family, politics, and media influences from a multi-discipline and multi-cultural perspective.

GWS 199   Undergraduate Open Seminar   credit: 0 to 5 Hours.

  • Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated.

GWS 201   Race, Gender & Power   credit: 3 Hours.

Presents multiple windows into perceptions and perspectives upon gender, sexuality, power, identity and culture, and their multiple intersections. The concept of race in its many manifestations is used to examine relationships of self to society, state institutions and cultures. By paying greater attention to race and power, nuanced understandings of the way the gender systems are maintained, patrolled and formed will be examined. Topics may include: film, media, technology, culture, religion, identities, sexualities. Same as SOC 201.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult
GWS 202   Sexualities   credit: 3 Hours.

Surveys sexualities from multiple perspectives, standpoints, disciplines, and theories. How have different cultures, different people, and different viewpoints understood, shaped, and interpreted sex, sexualities and genders? Course places the concept of sexuality at its core to examine citizenship, education, reproduction, science, tourism, urban/rural space, and politics. Topics may include: gender, race, identities, power, transformation, reproduction. Same as SOC 202.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult
GWS 215   US Citizenship Comparatively   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AAS 215, AIS 295, AFRO 215, and LLS 215. See AAS 215.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)
GWS 218   Intro to Social Issues Theatre   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as THEA 218. See THEA 218.

GWS 225   Women in Prehistory   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ANTH 225. See ANTH 225.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
GWS 226   Black Women Contemp US Society   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as AFRO 226 and SOC 223. See AFRO 226.

GWS 230   Latina/o Genders & Sexualities   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as LLS 230. See LLS 230.

GWS 240   Sex & Gender in Antiquity   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as CLCV 240 and CWL 262. See CLCV 240.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Literature and the Arts
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult
GWS 245   Women & Gender Pre-Mod Europe   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 245 and MDVL 245. See HIST 245.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult
GWS 250   Gender and Representation   credit: 3 Hours.

Focusing primarily on gender, race, sexuality, and their intersections, this introductory course analyzes the politics of representation drawn from popular culture, painting, television and film, literature, music, religion, and new media.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
GWS 255   Queer Lives, Queer Politics   credit: 3 Hours.

Investigates queer lives in relation to dominant ideas about "deviance" and "equal rights." Drawing on case studies, the course investigates questions related to nation, race, economy, bodies, drugs, health, identities, agency and action as they intersect with contemporary queer politics. Students will learn conceptual and qualitative methods to investigate issues related to queer lives. Same as SOC 255.

GWS 258   Sex in Nature and Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as ANTH 258. See ANTH 258.

GWS 261   Gender Transnatl Perspective   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as SOC 261. See SOC 261.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
GWS 262   Women's Lives   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as ANTH 262. See ANTH 262.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Social Sciences
GWS 263   US History of Medicine   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 263. See HIST 263.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult
GWS 265   Gender, Place & Space   credit: 3 Hours.

What can we learn about gender by examining cultural spaces and places? Through a specific topic or theme, students will gain an introduction to meanings of space and location through the lens of gender. Areas may include: architecture/design; production/consumption; ritual/material space; urban/domestic landscape; public/private arenas. Attention will be given to the way that place and space relate to gender identities, politics, and cultural understandings.

GWS 270   Sexuality and Literature   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as GER 270 and CWL 272. See CWL 272.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Literature and the Arts
GWS 272   Women and Politics   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as PS 272. See PS 272.

GWS 280   Women Writers   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as ENGL 280. See ENGL 280.

GWS 281   Women in the Lit Imagination   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as ENGL 281. See ENGL 281.

GWS 285   US Gender History to 1877   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as HIST 285. See HIST 285.

This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
GWS 286   US Gender History Since 1877   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as HIST 286. See HIST 286.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Hist&Philosoph Perspect
GWS 287   African-American Women   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AFRO 287 and HIST 287. See HIST 287.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)
GWS 295   Beginning Topics GWS   credit: 3 Hours.

Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated in the same term to a maximum of 9 hours; may be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 12 hours.

GWS 301   GWS Lab, Studio & Practicum   credit: 3 Hours.

Develops students' research and writing skills in gender and women's studies, highlighting the complexity of the research process and exploring various topics and issues from a variety of methodological perspectives, including activist and/or interventionist approaches, and experimental productions.

GWS 305   Theories of Race, Gender, and Sexuality   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as AAS 300 and LLS 305. See AAS 300.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
GWS 315   War, Memory, and Cinema   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as AAS 315. See AAS 315.

GWS 320   Gender & Latina/o Migration   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as LLS 320 and SOC 321. See LLS 320.

GWS 325   Lesbian/Queer Media Cultures   credit: 3 Hours.

Discusses how various LGBT/Q communities were consolidated or drawn together by print and invented in the very acts of writing, distributing, purchasing, and reading print artifacts. Students examine early homophile publications, the rise of presses dedicated to LGBT/Q literature, independent bookstores and distribution networks, as well as the contemporary world of zines, blogs, chatrooms, fanfiction, and online journals, to see the intersection of sexuality, community, identity, and the print sphere. Students will learn how to historicize the rise of various LGBT/Q subcultures through a long history of print and how to navigate and understand the gregarious contemporary world of online publishing and social networking. Prerequisite: Previous course in GWS recommended.

GWS 330   Bodies & Tech in Pop Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines gender, race, sexuality and nation as embodied in visions of science and technologies in popular culture. Topics include medicine, work, leisure, domesticity, games, films, fiction, geopolitics, and the body. Prerequisite: GWS 100 or GWS 250 or GWS 350 or consent of instructor.

GWS 333   Memoir & Autobiography   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores the phenomenon of autobiography in the contemporary world. Students will read theories of autobiography, and ask questions about how writing about the self is gendered, and how representations of the self fare in the outside world. An important aspect of the course will be examinations of how changing media such as film, television talk shows and the Internet shape these representations. Students will be assigned to read and make a presentation on one of the supplementary texts of autobiographies chosen from authors in the First and Third worlds. Same as ENGL 333.

GWS 334   Brazilian Women's Lit Trans   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as PORT 334. See PORT 334.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Literature and the Arts
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult
GWS 335   Film, TV, and Gender   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the history and theory of film, television, and their interrelationship through one or more specific case studies. Topics may include: film and feminist movements; girl films; queer TV; gender, sport and TV. Focuses attention on gender and related issues such as race, ethnicity, sexuality, age, ability and disability, class, and nationality. Addresses issues of representation, narrative, genre, industry, audience, exhibition, media convergence, new and mobile media, and social space. Same as MACS 335.

GWS 337   Interrogating Masculinities   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores the social construction of gender as it pertains to masculinities in conjunction with analyses of race, class, gender, ability, and sexuality. Masculinities, in its various forms, shapes and lives of both women and men and this course will examine the construction, reproduction, and impact of masculinities on the institutions of politics, education, work, religion, sports, family, media, and the military to name a few. Paying careful attention to the conjunctions between materiality and culture, this course will interrogate how masculinities shape individual lives, groups, nationalisms, organizations, and institutions and will analyze the ways in which power functions within local transnational contexts. Above all, this course offers a road map for forging new, progressive models of masculinity.

GWS 340   Gender, Relationshps & Society   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as HDFS 340 and SOC 322. See HDFS 340.

GWS 345   Digital & Gender Cultures   credit: 3 Hours.

This interdisciplinary course uses the lens of gender critique and pairs it with social activism to provide students analytical tools to engage with, reshape, and create digital cultures. Examines recent research and public policies related to the gendered, raced, and classes dimensions of digital cultures and inequality; the broad range of labor issues embedded in the growing income disparity related to digital cultures; the various ways that digital inequality has been defined by public policy, sociologists, and activists, and real examples of collective activism and social change related to emerging technologies. Same as INFO 345, MACS 345, and SOC 345.

GWS 350   Feminist & Gender Theory   credit: 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary survey of feminist and gender theory. Traces developments in feminist theory and LGBT/Q approaches and explores contemporary debates.

GWS 355   Beauty and Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines beauty and culture, in particular how tropes, ideologies, and politics bolster the construction of beauty as an aesthetic value. Looks at the ways in which beauty is imagined, visualized, narrated, naturalized, reproduced, privileged, and contested through various venues such as art, performance, philosophy, media, history, and popular culture. Attention will be given to race, class, gender, sexuality, and the implications thereof.

GWS 356   Sex & Gender in Popular Media   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as MACS 356. See MACS 356.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Western Compartv Cult
GWS 360   Women and the Visual Arts   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as ARTH 360. See ARTH 360.

GWS 361   Women in East Asia   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as EALC 361. See EALC 361.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures
UIUC: Social Sciences
GWS 363   Gender, Health & Pop Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Aspects of popular culture, including television, magazines, newspapers, social networking sites, and internet sources to name a few, are ways that health information is disseminated. Students will examine how we define health and understand disease as related to popular culture. Discusses how people resist or reinforce these messages about health, well being, fitness, and diet. Also discusses how understandings of race, sexuality and class affect the ways that we think about sickness, health and constructions of gender.

GWS 365   Gender & Technoscience   credit: 3 Hours.

Examines the relationship of gender to scientific practice and technological development. The course looks at the professionalization of scientists in STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) and the category of ?women in science.? Addresses how assumptions about gender and science mutually influence each other. Attention also given to the relationship of gender identities to the use and design of technologies (for the body, in transportation, or architecture for example), and how both are produced and informed by one another. No scientific or technical background required.

GWS 366   Feminist Disability Studies   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores the complex relationship between gender and disability. Approaching disability as a social and political category rather than a strictly medical one, we will ask: how is the language of disability used to produce and police a variety of gender, sexual, and racial identities as non-normative? How might debates over medicine, technology, and the concept of "natural" pit gender and disability against one another? How have feminist, queer, and transgender scholarship and activism engaged disability? Prerequisite: One of the following: GWS 100, GWS 201, GWS 202.

GWS 370   Queer Theory   credit: 3 Hours.

Traces the development of queer theory as a mode for understanding queer studies methodologies and the changing intellectual landscape of key issues in the field. As part of the course, students will review key concepts and theoretical schools of thought, navigating important debates guiding the field. Theories will engage questions of the social and cultural through topics including race, gender, nation, family, history, identity formation, sexology, the state, and capital. Same as SOC 320. Prerequisite: GWS 100, GWS 201,GWS 202, or consent of instructor.

GWS 376   Children and Youth Literature   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as CWL 376, EURO 376, and SCAN 376. See SCAN 376.

GWS 378   Fairy Tales & Gender Formation   credit: 3 Hours.

Discusses how femininity and gender formation are related through fairy tales. As children grow they are taught the difference between male and female roles. One of the main ways this instruction takes place is through the pleasurable media of fairy tales in books, poems, and more recently, films. Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Beauty and the Best, and the Little Mermaid, among others, will be examined to understand how sexual identity is constructed differently in different cultures, and how issues such as rape and incest are addressed within the narratives. The readings explore the ways that fairy tales work to express psychological reactions to maturation while conditioning both characters and readers to adopt specific social roles in adulthood. Same as ENGL 378.

GWS 380   Black Women Hist & Cultures   credit: 3 Hours.

Interdisciplinary study of black women's multiple histories and varied cultures including black women from North America, Africa, and the Caribbean. Same as AFRO 380. Prerequisite: AFRO 100 or GWS 100 orGWS 250 or consent of instructor.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Non-Western Cultures
GWS 382   Black Women & Popular Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores how Black women have been are currently portrayed in popular media, such as television, internet, movies, and popular mediums such as magazines, popular fiction, newspapers, and other cultural phenomenon. Examines what these portrayals reveal about Black women's role in society and how black women as consumer and participants respond to these stereotypes, and create alternative oppositional images.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: US Minority Culture(s)
GWS 383   Hist of Blk Women's Activism   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as AFRO 383 and HIST 383. See AFRO 383.

GWS 385   Transnational Sexualities   credit: 3 Hours.

Investigates the ways in which sexual identities change as national contexts change, as borders are imagined, valued, and crossed, and as definitions of race, gender, and religion shift. Interrogates how national and transnational identities (at home and abroad), modernites, histories, and colonial and global narratives are built on ideas of racialized sexualities, and as such, is particularly interested in the study of queer diaspora. Importantly, this course utilizes transnational feminist frameworks for re-thinking issues related to sexuality, immigration, nation-building, race and gender. Areas of inquiry include imperialism, immigration, war, tourism and globalization. Same as HIST 385. Prerequisite: GWS 100, GWS 201 orGWS 202 or consent of instructor.

GWS 387   History of Sexuality in U.S.   credit: 3 Hours.

Explores a wide variety of sources to understand how notions of sexuality have emerged and been contested at key moments in U.S. history. Our guiding questions include: How have "official" or governing discourses of sexuality (in law, medicine, religions, science) been formulated? In turn, how have "ordinary" people understood and practiced their sexuality? How has the meaning of particular sexual practices changed over time? How have ideas about race, gender, and/or class been embedded within the discourse of sexuality at different moments in U.S. history? What methods of reading and interpretation are most useful for the historical study of sexuality? Also emphasizes skills such as critically analyzing primary sources within their historical context; interpreting different types of primary sources; locating, understanding, and evaluating scholarly secondary sources; and presenting historical arguments, based on both primary and secondary sources. Same as HIST 387.

GWS 390   Individual Study   credit: 0 to 3 Hours.

Special topics not treated in regularly scheduled classes. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours if topics vary. Prerequisite: One course in Gender and Women's Studies; consent of instructor.

GWS 392   Chicanas&Latinas: Self&Society   credit: 3 Hours.

Same as LLS 392 and SOC 392. See LLS 392.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition
GWS 395   Intermediate Topics GWS   credit: 3 Hours.

Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated in the same term to a maximum of 9 hours; may be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 12 hours.

GWS 397   Sexuality in Modern Europe   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Couse Information: Same as HIST 397. See HIST 397.

GWS 403   Women in Muslim Societies   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

  • Same as ANTH 403, GLBL 403, HIST 434, RLST 403 and SAME 403. See RLST 403.

GWS 409   Women's Health   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as CHLH 409. See CHLH 409.

GWS 415   Africana Feminisms   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

  • Same as AFRO 415 and AFST 420. See AFRO 415.

GWS 417   Leading Post-Perform Dialog   credit: 4 Hours.

  • Same as THEA 417. See THEA 417.

GWS 418   Devising Social Issues Theatre   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

  • Same as THEA 418. See THEA 418.

GWS 421   Sex Role Theory in Counseling   credit: 4 Hours.

  • Same as EPSY 421. See EPSY 421.

GWS 424   Gender & Race in Contemp Arch   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as ARCH 424. See ARCH 424.

GWS 428   Sociolinguistics of Gender   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

  • Same as ANTH 428 and LING 428. See LING 428.

GWS 432   Gender and Language   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

  • Same as CMN 432 and LING 432. See CMN 432.

GWS 435   Commodifying Difference   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

  • Same as AAS 435, AFRO 435, LLS 435, and MACS 432. See LLS 435.

GWS 442   Body, Culture & Society   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

  • Same as KIN 442. See KIN 442.

GWS 445   Latina Literature   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

  • Same as LLS 442 and SPAN 442. See LLS 442.

GWS 450   Topics in Bodies and Genders   credit: 3 Hours.

  • Same as CWL 450. See CWL 450.

GWS 454   Social Work with Women   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

  • Same as SOCW 455. See SOCW 455.

GWS 455   Girls and Popular Culture   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examination of the relationship between girls and popular culture from various interdisciplinary perspectives. Topics include historical representations of girls, prominence of girls in contemporary popular culture, and how girls use, produce and interact with popular culture. Previous course in GWS recommended. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

GWS 459   Gender, Sex, & Postcoloniality   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Explores the relationship of imperialism, sexuality, and race through the lens of postcolonial theory. Same as HIST 459. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: GWS 100 or GWS 250 and GWS 350or GWS 370; or consent of instructor.

GWS 462   Hip Hop Feminism   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Explores how hip hop has shaped the culture, aesthetics, experiences, and perspectives of an emergent generation of artists, scholars, and writers with several aims: 1) To challenge systemic social inequalities. 2) To articulate new visions of justice that depend on the power young people possess. To better understand how and why the relationship between hip hop and feminism is coherent, meaningful, and compelling, students will become familiar with artists working within and beyond various elements of hip hop (rap, graffiti, emceeing, dee-jaying, etc.), social critics concerned with documenting hip hop's cultural practices, and critical educator (broadly defined). 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours.

GWS 465   Race, Sex, and Deviance   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

  • Same as AAS 465, AFRO 465, and LLS 465. See LLS 465.

GWS 467   Locating Queer Culture   credit: 3 Hours.

Our goal is to learn different methods for researching "queer culture," with a special focus on the local context. Explores two research methods in depth: history and ethnography. Students will produce their own original research based on genuine gaps in existing knowledge. Provides an opportunity to learn both received knowledge about queer culture, as well as that which we do not yet know. By the end of this course, the class will collectively produce new knowledge about queer culture using local stories. Same asHIST 468. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit.

GWS 470   Transgender Studies   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

What are the issues and politics related to transgender and transsexual identities? Students will examine and critically evaluate historical and contemporary debates that contest normative male/female binaries and traditional categorizations of sexuality. The course moves beyond these initial inquiries into gender theory to consider the effects of institutional discourses produced through stage and civil society. Taught with particular attention given to questions of race, national formations, medical, and legal discourses. Areas of inquiry may include gender theory, transnational identities, gendered and racial performances, medical and psychological diagnoses, violence, the law, and the Prison Industrial Complex. Through these topics, students will be asked to consider important questions over political and legal representation, autonomy, the rights of citizenship, and the practice of everyday life. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in Gender and Women's Studies at the 200- or 300-level, or consent of instructor.

GWS 478   Sex, Power and Politics   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Examines representations of the relationship between sex, power, and subjectivity and how they have shaped feminism. Explores critical approaches to feminist analyses of women's oppression and debates about sexuality, including issues such as consent, rape and prostitution. Same as PS 413. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in Gender and Women's Studies at the 200- and 300-level or consent of instructor.

GWS 485   The Politics of Fashion   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

Interdisciplinary and transnational study of the historical and cultural development of fashion. Examines the social and political tensions embodied in fashion, the fashion industry, and sartorial practices in relation to gender, race, nation, and sexuality. Same as AAS 485. 3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Prerequisite: One course in Gender and Women's Studies at the 200 or 300 level, or consent of instructor.

GWS 490   Individual Study   credit: 2 to 4 Hours.

Supervised reading and research in Gender and Women's Studies chosen by the student with instructor approval. 2 to 4 undergraduate hours. 2 to 4 graduate hours. May be repeated to a maximum of 6 hours. Prerequisite: Two courses in Gender and Women's Studies at the 200-400 levels; or junior standing; or consent of instructor.

GWS 495   Advanced Topics GWS   credit: 3 or 4 Hours.

3 undergraduate hours. 4 graduate hours. Approved for letter and S/U grading. May be repeated in the same term to a maximum of 9 undergraduate hours or 12 graduate hours; may be repeated in separate terms to a maximum of 12 undergraduate or 12 graduate hours.

GWS 498   Senior Seminar   credit: 3 Hours.

Considers the relationship between theory and research in Women's Studies. Reviews and examines the key issues of feminist scholarship. Provides students with the methodological knowledge and opportunity to carry out a research project. 3 undergraduate hours. No graduate credit. Prerequisite: Senior standing and enrollment as a major in Gender and Women's Studies, or consent of instructor.
This course satisfies the General Education Criteria for:
UIUC: Advanced Composition

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How to Apply

Here's What You Need:
First Year applicants must meet these four core requirements to complete an application:

  • The Common Application online including the UIC-specific questions and essays under the My Colleges tab. See application tips for details. Printed applications will not be accepted.
  • The $50 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver
  • Official high school transcript*, submitted electronically or via mail, along with the Common Application School Report 
  • ACT/SAT scores, submitted electronically or printed on official transcripts

*Please note that our mailing address changed recently. Check with your counselor or registrar to ensure that they send documents only to the following address.

Office of Undergraduate Admissions (MC 018) 
University of Illinois at Chicago 
1200 West Harrison Street, Suite 1100
Chicago, IL 60607-7161  

Other requirements
Additional requirements may apply to the following applicants:

  • Early Action applicants. Must have their Common Application, transcript, and test scores submitted by November 1. Applicants should select the Early Action option in the "preferred admission plan" question on UIC's Common Application Member's page.
  • Honors College and Guaranteed Professional Program Admissions (GPPA) applicants. Must be admitted as undergraduates prior to review. The following supplemental documents are required for Honors College and GPPA applicants: An essay for each program submitted with the application.
  • Two recommendations submitted through the Common Application or via mail.
  • International applicants. Must meet the core First Year requirements as well as display evidence of English competency and financial certifications. First Year applicants with international coursework will also be assessed the $30 international credential evaluation fee. See Undergraduate International Admissions Requirements for details. 

Homeschooled students. Must satisfy all of the above requirements. Acceptable homeschool transcripts must include: a list of all subjects/courses attempted by year

  • Grades and/or examination results received (both passing and failing)
  • Maximum and minimum grades obtainable
  • Number of units earned

High School graduates who have attended another college or university since graduating. Must meet the Transfer Admission Requirements and will not be considered for First Year admission. High School graduates who have never attended another college or university must submit evidence of graduation from an accredited high school or submit passing scores on the General Educational Development (GED) test.

Most Transfer applicants must meet the following core requirements to apply:

  • Use the UIC web application or the Common Application. Printed applications will not be accepted.
  • The $50 nonrefundable application fee or fee waiver.
  • Official college/university transcripts*, submitted electronically or via mail, from every college/university you’ve attended.

Additional requirements may apply to the following applicants:

  • Advanced Placment (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) test scores are encouraged, particularly if they may count towards credit that satisfies your program's prerequisites. 
  • ACT or SAT test scores may be required for the following applicants:
  • Any transfer applicant with fewer than 36 hours of credit at the time of enrollment.
  • Applicants to the BA in Urban Education program within the College of Education are required to submit ACT/SAT plus writing scores.
  • International applicants. Must meet the core transfer requirements as well as display evidence of English competency and financial certifications. Transfer applicants with international coursework will also be assessed the $30 international credential evaluation fee. See Undergraduate International Admissions Requirements for details. 
  • Honors College applicants must be admitted as undergraduates prior to review and include the following with their application: 
  • An essay submitted with the application.

Applicants to the programs below must submit supplemental documents with their Common Application or UIC Web Application (see Upload Guide).

  • Nursing
  • Nutrition Coordinated Program
  • Nutrition Science
  • Health Information Management
  • Public Health
  • Urban Education requires ACT/SAT plus writing scores

Non-residential fees- 27658

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