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Interdisciplinary Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies Concentration, B.A.


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The B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies has concentrations in the following areas: Capitalism Studies, Film & Media Production, Gerontology, Health & Medical Humanities, and Women’s and Gender Studies. The program allows students to combine an interdisciplinary concentration in one of these areas with in-depth coursework in a disciplinary field to create an individually designed major reflecting their own interests. Through the combination of interdisciplinary and disciplinary coursework, students gain a deeper understanding of these areas of study from multiple perspectives and develop competencies in oral and written communication, critical thinking, data analysis, teamwork, and leadership.

All program-level Admissions and Progression Requirements are in addition to the University of North Carolina at Charlotte Admission Requirements .

Admission Requirements


Freshmen and Transfers

All students must meet UNC Charlotte requirements for admission for undergraduate students. General advising for prospective and newly declared majors will introduce students to the curriculum and degree requirements so as not to delay graduation or result in higher costs to students.

See University Admission Requirements  

Currently Enrolled Students

  • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative GPA unless it is the student’s first semester at UNC Charlotte and a cumulative GPA has not been established.
  • ​​Declaration of Major: Students who want to declare a major in Interdisciplinary Studies with a Concentration in Women’s and Gender Studies should first meet with the Women’s and Gender Studies Program Director, then complete the “Add IDST Major” form located on the Interdisciplinary Studies department website.

Degree Requirements


General Education (37-43 credit hours)


For details on required courses, refer to the General Education Program .

Foreign Language Requirement (6-8 credit hours)


For details on required courses, refer to the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Foreign Language Requirement .

Major Courses (36 credit hours)


Women’s and Gender Studies Minor Courses (18 credit hours)


Research Methods Course (3 credit hours)

Capstone/Practicum Course (3 credit hours)

Select one of the following:

Elective Courses (6 credit hours)

Elective courses can be chosen from any WGST prefix course or any other department’s or program’s offerings, as long as (a) the course deals substantially with gender, women, feminism, sexuality, or related social movements and (b) the courses are approved by the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies.  Students concentrating in Women’s and Gender Studies should check their choices of electives with the Director of Women’s and Gender Studies, both when they are planning their schedule and when they are reviewing it in preparation for graduation.

Examples of regularly taught courses in other departments that count as Women’s and Gender Studies elective courses include, but are not limited to:

Disciplinary Depth Coursework (18 credit hours)


Select 18 credit hours in a disciplinary field of study that complements your concentration. This may be a minor in a disciplinary department, or an alternative course of study approved by the Director of Interdisciplinary Studies. A maximum of two courses (6 hours) from a student’s disciplinary depth coursework can count toward the electives in their Interdisciplinary Studies concentration, allowing completion of the major in 30 credit hours with proper planning. No more than two courses (6 hours) from another declared major can count toward the student’s Interdisciplinary Studies major.

Unrestricted Elective Courses


As needed to complete the credit hours required for graduation.

Degree Total = 120 Credit Hours


Progression Requirements


Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 to continue in the major.

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