B.A. Women's and Gender Studies

To earn this degree, you must complete at least 120 units of coursework, which we describe in the sections that follow:  

Be aware that some courses required for your degree may have prerequisites that you must also take. Check the courses in the appropriate subject. (You may be able to count these prerequisites toward your liberal studies or general elective credit.)  


Please note that you must complete NAUís diversity requirements by taking two 3-unit courses, one in ethnic diversity and one in global awareness. These courses may be used to meet other requirements within your academic plan if you choose them carefully. Click here for a list of the available diversity courses.


Also be aware that NAU requires that at least 30 units of the courses you take for your degree must be upper-division courses (those numbered 300 and above).  


Finally, please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement; however, you must still meet the total of at least 120 units to graduate. Contact your advisor for details.   

Major Requirements  

You complete 42 units of core and area requirements, as we describe in the following sections.  


Please be aware that we encourage you to consult with the program every term after you declare your major, usually after completing no more than 12 units of requirements.  

Core Requirements  

You take the following 18 units:  

Area Requirements  

To ensure interdisciplinary understanding of womenís studies methodology, theory, and content, you take 24 units among the following groups of courses, using only courses you havenít already used to meet core requirements. (Please note that we may add additional courses to this list; check our web site for current approved courses.)  

Please be aware that a grade of D will not count for major credit.  Although a course in which the grade earned is a D does not have to be retaken, you must complete 42 units in the major with a grade of C or better in order to fulfill degree requirements.

Language Requirement  

You must demonstrate proficiency in a language other than English that is equivalent to three terms of university coursework in the same language. You may satisfy this requirement by taking language courses or by testing out of all or part of it by taking CLEP exams arranged by NAUís Counseling and Testing Center. Click here for more information.

Minor Requirements  

You must complete a minor of at least 18 units from those described in this catalog. In consultation with your advisor, you should select a minor thatís appropriate for your career aspirations and educational needs. Your minor advisor will advise you about this part of your academic plan.  

General Electives  

Additional coursework is required, if, after you have met the previously described requirements, you have not yet completed a total of 120 units of credit.  


You may take these remaining courses from any academic areas, using these courses to pursue your specific interests and goals. We encourage you to consult with your advisor to select the courses that will be most advantageous to you. (Please note that you may also use prerequisites or transfer credits as electives if they werenít used to meet major, minor, or liberal studies requirements.)  


Click here for more information about Women's and Gender Studies undergraduate courses and faculty.