Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies

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Graduation Requirements

    To be eligible for graduation with the bachelor of arts degree, each student enrolled in the program must meet the UW Tacoma scholastic standards  (2.0 UW GPA), credits required (minimum 180) and the final-year residency requirement and complete the following program requirements:

    • Complete all general education requirements not met with transfer courses. See advisor for details.
    • Complete a minimum of 45 credits of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences course work. Some majors or concentrations may require more.
    • Complete a minimum of 45 credits of upper-division course work, including transfer courses and UW Tacoma courses.
    • Complete 5 credits of English composition with a minimum 2.0 grade. This must be completed in a student’s first two quarters at UW Tacoma.
    • Complete the requirements for a major or concentration (minors are optional).
    • No more than 15 elective credits can be taken for a Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory grade. See advisor for details.
    • Complete at least 45 of last 60 credits in residence at the University of Washington Tacoma.
    • Meet with an advisor to complete a graduation application no later than the second week of the quarter in which the student plans to graduate.

    Requires 60 credits.Courses cannot be double-counted to fulfill multiple requirements within the major.

    Overall, 45 upper-division credits and 45 credits of IAS courses are required to graduate.

    Core Courses: 25 credits (List A)

    Options

    • In addition to the above requirements, students choose One of three separate options:

    Labor Studies Option: (List B)

    The Labor Studies option offers courses on the experience of work and workers in modern market economies.  Courses focus on the political, economic, and social developments that shape working life, along with workers’ impact on society.  Topics include unions and the labor movement, social class and inequality, the changing nature of work, international political economy, and workplace culture.  Labor Studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to understanding these issues, and emphasizes the connections between race, class, and gender in an economic context.

    To fulfill this option, you must take three courses from the list below, as well as two additional courses from the Gender Studies  option (List C) and two additional courses from the Ethnic Studies option (List D).

    See the Ethnic, Gender and Labor Studies web page for approved Labor Studies list.

    Gender Studies Option: (List C)

    The Gender Studies option offers courses that focus on gender roles and gender identity from a variety of theoretical approaches. These courses not only investigate the concepts of gender and sexuality, but also explore the ways in which these concepts intersect with such diverse phenomena as society, politics, literature, globalization, music, economics, art, poverty, communication, race, film, work and popular culture.  Gender Studies includes Women’s Studies, Men’s Studies and Gay, Lesbian, Transgender Studies, and emphasizes interdisciplinary scholarship. 

    To fulfill this option, you must take three courses from the list below, as well as two additional courses from the Labor Studies option (List B) and two additional courses from the Ethnic Studies option (List D).

    Ethnic Studies Option: (List D)

    The Ethnic Studies option allows students the opportunity to study race and ethnicity though an interdisciplinary lens.  Students interested in this option take courses using an ethnic specific approach (i.e. African American, Chicano/Latino, Asian American, Native American) as well as courses using a comparative approach to examining the contributions of people from diverse racial and ethnic groups to various areas of study including economics, gender studies, history, literature, politics, and sociology within global and local contexts.

    To fulfill this option, you must take three courses from the list below, as well as two additional courses from the Labor Studies option (List B) and two additional courses from the Gender Studies option (List C).