Established in 1991, the undergraduate major comprises courses offered in the Schools of Humanities, Social Sciences, and the Shepherd School of Music. Structured around two core courses - SWGS 101 "Introduction to the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality" and SWGS 201 "Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies" - the program requirements include courses in feminist theory, critical race theory, and non-Western studies. Majors have the option of completing a year-long senior honors thesis. Majors and non-majors alike can participate in the Seminar and Practicum in Engaged Research.
We are also pleased to announce that beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year, CSWGS is one of two divisions at Rice piloting a Communication in the Disciplines project in conjunction with the Program in Writing and Communication. Students will have the opportunity through a structured and supported curriculum to learn written, oral, and visual communication skills from poster creation and oral presentation to active listening and formal academic writing.