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Bachelor of Arts

Online BA in Women's and Gender Studies

College of Arts, Sciences & Education

Overview

The fully online Bachelor of Arts in Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) is an interdisciplinary study of women and gender in cross-cultural and historical perspectives. You'll explore how women's lives have been shaped by history, culture, nationality, class and other elements of diversity. The courses in the program are coordinated through FIU's Center for Women's and Gender Studies, founded in 1982, and one of the oldest such scholarly centers in the country. Students have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty on issues related to women and gender.

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With FIU Online, you can learn anywhere, anytime. Our interactive technology enables you to watch lectures, get real-time feedback from your instructors and collaborate with classmates on projects. Plus, we provide you with a personal success coach who will provide you with one-on-one guidance every step of the way.

Why Apply?

The Women's and Gender Studies major explores sex-based bias throughout society—in the workplace, in school, and at home. You'll hone your analytical, critical thinking and writing skills and become engaged with issues of social change, activism and citizenship. The program is interdisciplinary, and students may select courses from a variety of disciplines, giving you the flexibility to create a program that best reflects your interest and goals.

Career Opportunities

Women's and Gender Studies majors develop skills that are highly valued by employers, including critical thinking, research, analysis and presentation skills. But beyond that, graduates gain a unique perspective about the layers of identify, and how racism, sexism, and ableism are comparable and intertwined—and how to strive for a more just, equal and vibrant society. The demand for expertise in gender and social justice issues is growing in the professions of law, medicine, social services, teaching, community development, counseling, public policy and research. Additional career paths include advocacy for international women's health and human rights issues. Many graduates go to graduate or professional schools.

The demand for social and community service managers is expected to grow by 21% between 2012 and 2022. Social and community service managers may focus on a specific demographic or challenges, such as domestic violence, hunger or homelessness, and work in variety of settings, including nonprofits, hospitals, social service agencies and government agencies. The media annual wage for social and community service managers was $59,970 in May 2012, with those working in state and local government earning a median annual wage of $69,490 (Occupational Handbook, Bureau of Labor Statistics).

Courses

Program Completion Requirements 

A total of 120 credits are required for the Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies.

To qualify for admission to the B.A. program, FIU undergraduates must have met all the university's lower division requirements, including the CLAS requirement or its equivalent, and have completed 60 semester hours.

The B.A. Program in Women's and Gender Studies requires 30 credit hours (10 courses) of interdisciplinary upper-division course work.

I Introductory Courses (Select one from this list. May also be used as electives)
WST 3015 Intro to Global Gender & Women's Studies
WST 3641 LGBT and Beyond: Non-Normative Sexualities in Global Perspectives
ECS 3021 Women Culture and Economic Development
REL 3145 Women and Religion
SOP 3742 Psychology of Women
SYD 3804 Sociology of Gender

II Depth Courses (select one course)
WST 4930 Special Topics (*Online availability depends on the topic)
PSY 4930 Special Topics in Psychology
WST 4931 Women in Leadership
SOP 4774 Female Sexuality

III Breadth Courses (Social Science and Humanities Courses)
Select the rest of your courses from this list of approved electives. To see the complete list of electives every semester, please click here and select the semester and scroll down to online courses.
Electives must be chosen from at least 3 different disciplines (i.e., History, Anthropology, Art and Art History, Economics, English, Humanities, International Relations, Labor Studies, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy, Political Science, Geography, Psychology, Religion, Sociology, Architecture, Business, Criminal Justice, and Social Work).

IV Capstone
WST 4905 Independent Study (1)
WST 4940 Internship (Must be approved by the director)
(1)Off campus, local, national and international options will be considered.

Requirements

To ensure every student’s success, we have certain admissions requirements for each of our programs. To help you through the application process, our enrollment advisors are here to answer your questions and guide you every step of the way.

FIU Admission Requirements

Applications are accepted for Spring, Fall and Summer terms.

Steps to Apply

Freshman Students

 Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official SAT or ACT scores.
  • Official high school transcripts.

Transfer Students

 Please submit the following:

  • Online application
  • $30 application fee.
  • Official college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores in addition to any transcripts from postsecondary schools to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.

International Students

 In addition to the above requirements, international applicants should submit:

  • Official English Language Proficiency exam scores (TOEFL or IELTS).
  • NACES official course-by-course evaluation and translation of college transcripts.
  • If you have less than 60 transferrable college credits, you must also submit official high school transcripts with translation.

Program Admission Requirements

  • Candidates must first be accepted into the university. Students admitted to Florida International University are admitted directly to their chosen major.
  • Program Completion Requirements

A total of 120 credits are required to complete the fully online undergraduate degree.  Students must complete the University Core Curriculum, University requirements and College of Arts, Sciences & Education requirements while satisfying requirements toward their Psychology major and are expected to make good progress based on critical indicators, such as GPA in specific courses or credits earned. In cases where students are not making good progress, a change of major may be required. The College of Arts, Sciences & Education's advisors work to redirect students to more appropriate majors when critical indicators are not met.  For specific course requirements, visit the Courses tab on this program page.

Admission Documents

To complete the online undergraduate programs admissions form, select your program from the application form. You may complete the online application and submit it, even before taking any entrance exams. All supporting admission documents may be sent to:


Florida International University

Office of Undergraduate Admissions

P.O. Box 659003

Miami, FL 33265-9003

USA



FIU also accepts transcripts electronically via:

  • Faster (All FL public institutions)
  • Naviance (Typically used by private high schools)
  • SMART/Joint Service Transcript – Military records

*Meeting the university minimum requirements does not guarantee admission

Tuition

Tuition Information

Pursuing your degree is one of the best investments you can make – one that will open doors to personal and professional opportunities. Our tuition costs represent some of the best value in higher education, and we also offer financial aid support you need to reach your goals.

Students enrolled in a fully online bachelor’s degree program at FIU will not be charged many of the fees applicable to on-campus students, saving fully online student hundreds of dollars per semester. Please note fully online students do not have free access to FIU’s on-campus resources such as: computer labs, sporting events, recreational facilities, parking, etc.

FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $130.42
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $105.07, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$391.26 $782.52 $1,173.78 $1,565.04
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$638.13
TOTAL COST:
$1,276.26
TOTAL COST:
$1,914.39
TOTAL COST:
$2,552.52

NON-FLORIDA RESIDENTS

TUITION + FEES

Florida non Residents Tuition
  • Tuition per credit hour: $247.48
    The total cost per credit includes tuition in the amount of $216.56, as well as the following fees: Financial Aid Fee ($5.25), Out-of-State Financial Fee ($5.57), Tech Fee ($5.25), and the Activity & Service Fee ($14.85).
  • Tuition Differential Fee per credit hour: $52.29
  • Distance Learning Fee per credit hour: $30.00

TUITION & FEES ESTIMATES

BASED ON COURSE LOAD

IF YOU TAKE:
1 COURSE
3 CREDITS
2 COURSES
6 CREDITS
3 COURSES
9 CREDITS
4 COURSES
12 CREDITS
$742.44 $1,484.88 $2,227.32 $2,969.76
$156.87 $313.74 $470.61 $627.48
$90.00 $180.00 $270.00 $360.00
TOTAL COST:
$989.31
TOTAL COST:
$1,978.62
TOTAL COST:
$2,967.93
TOTAL COST:
$3,957.24

*Total tuition and fees are estimates and are subject to change. Other costs such as lab fees, proctored exam fees, books, supplies and other materials are not included in this calculation.

Top Faculty

Yesim Darici

Yesim Darici
Yesim Darici is the Director, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies and Associate Professor, Physics - Surface, Material, Bio and Nano Science; she is also an Academic Women in Science.

Judith Bernier

Judith Bernier
Judith Bernier is the Director of the Center for Labor Research and Studies; Instructor of Global and Sociocultural Studies & Women and Gender Studies - Career Mobility, Cultural, Critical Race Theory, Diversity, & Education and Leadership.

Ferial Maya Boutaghou

Ferial Maya Boutaghou
Ferial Maya Boutaghou is an Assistant Professor of Modern Languages and Women's and Gender Studies - Comparative Literature, Postcolonial Writers in Arabic-French-English, Cultural and Transcultural Theory, Gender Studies. 

Victoria Burns

Victoria Burns
is a Visiting Assistant Professor.

Asia Eaton

Asia Eaton
Asia Eaton is an Assistant Professor in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies. She is affiliated with both the Developmental Psychology Program and the I/O Psychology Program at FIU, and supervises Ph.D. students in both programs. She also serves as a consulting editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly (PWQ). Asia received a Ph.D. in Social Psychology with a minor in Statistics from the University of Chicago and completed her undergraduate work at Carnegie Mellon University, receiving a B.S. in Psychology and a B.A. in Philosophy.

Vrushali Patil

Vrushali Patil
Vrushali Patil is an Associate Professor, Global & Sociocultural Studies and Women's and Gender Studies - Global and Transnational Feminism, Modern Collective Identity in Historical Perspective (ie, gender, race, culture). Her long term research interest is in exploring how people in the Global South negotiate collective identities in the context of global/transnational power relations—from the perspective of transnational feminism. 

Suzanna Rose

Suzanna Rose
Suzanna Rose is the Founding Executive Director of the School of Integrated Science and Humanity; Professor, Psychology and Women's and Gender Studies. Her research interests include, romantic relationships, sexual orientation and bias, domestic violence, women's career development and international issues in women’s studies.

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