Degree Programs

NMSU’s distance education degree programs are designed to serve students who may not be able to pursue an education through traditional means. NMSU offers Bachelor degree completion programs, Masters and Doctorate programs, and a number of Graduate Certificate and K-12 NM educator licensure and endorsement programs.

Please contact the listed distance education director for your degree program.


Bachelor of Gender and Sexuality Studies

College: Arts and Sciences

Program Category: Online

Description: The BA in Gender and Sexuality Studies offers a strong liberal arts foundation that includes: critical thinking, research, analysis, problem solving, knowledge of social structures and change, and an understanding of diversity and global perspectives. Developing a strong understanding of gender, race, sexuality, gender identity, class, disability, and other social categories gives students a strong background for work in advocacy or social services-related positions, arts and literature, education, law, community development, medical professions, human resources, business, and government (to name a few). The preparation in critical thinking and social awareness is also an excellent background for students pursuing graduate and professional degrees.

Delivery method: Canvas. All core required Gender and Sexuality Studies courses are offered online


  • WS 201 Introduction to Women's Studies or WS 202 Representing Women Across Cultures
  • WS 455 Feminist Research Methods or WS 465 Sex, Gender, and the Body
  • WS 471 Seminar in Feminist Theory
9 credits from the following:
  • WS 401 Women and Immigration
  • WS 402 Transnational Feminisms
  • WS 403 Gender and Horror
  • WS 404 Arab-Muslim Feminisms
  • WS 405 Alternative Genders and Sexualities
  • WS 450 Special Topics
  • WS 453 Women and Politics
  • WS 454 Women Crossing Borders

18 credit hours of electives from upper division courses from Gender and Sexuality Studies curriculum and from the approved list of courses cross-listed with Gender and Sexuality Studies. Refer to the Undergraduate Catalog for a complete course list

Costs: Current main campus tuition and fees plus a $35 per credit hour distance education fee. See the University Accounts Receivable Tuitions and Fees for the current rate.

To apply:

Students should follow the application process for NMSU undergraduate admissions. They should formally declare as GNDR majors Apply online to the NMSU Admissions office:

University Admissions
New Mexico State University
PO Box 3000,
Las Cruces, NM 88003-8001
Phone: (575) 646-3121 or 800-662-6678

Accreditation: NMSU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
HLC website
HLC phone: 800-621-7440

Specialized Accreditation:

More info: Gender and Sexuality Studies

Disabilities: If you have a disability that may affect your performance in a course, or if you require accommodations in order to take a distance education course, contact NMSU's Student Accessibility Services (SAS). Providing accommodations for distance education students sometimes requires more time than in a traditional classroom setting so students are encouraged to begin working with SAS as early as possible.

Updated: 2017-08-22