College of Liberal Arts
Women's Studies - Programs
Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies
(code W/STBA01) (120 units)
A total of 45 units will be required for the Women’s Studies major. Courses cannot be counted for more than one category within the major. Requirements include 3 lower division units and 42 upper division units distributed among the following categories:
Core Requirements – 30 units
Introduction to Women’s Studies – total 3 units: WST 102
Theory and Methodology – total 15 units.
Nine units to include WST 300, 301, and 415;
One of the following for 3 units: WST 340 or 392;
One of the following for 3 units: WST 365I or 382.
U.S. and Global Ethnic/Gender Diversity – total 6 units: WST 318I and 401I
Women’s History – total 3 units: WST 485A (HIST) or 485B (HIST)
Senior Capstone Seminar – total 3 units: WST 495
Electives – 15 units
To include 9 units from one of the following clusters and a total of 6 units from one or both of the other clusters.
Feminist Aesthetics and Cultural Studies
This cluster focuses on the study of art and culture both as sites of women’s theoretical and political work and as sources of the construction and representation of women’s identities. The courses in this cluster examine forms of women’s own self-expression (such as literature, philosophy, theory, and cinema) as well as women’s place in culture (such as language, art, popular culture, religion, or urban space) through which societal ideas about women have historically been created and maintained.
WST 314, 316 (FEA 317), 320 (CHLS 415), 365I, 381 (ASAM, HIST), 382 (ENGL), 384 (HIST 338), 402 (POSC 401), WST 406A (ASAM, HIST), WST 406B (ASAM, HIST), 410, 420, 425, 432, 441 (ENGL), 442 (ENGL), 447, 455 (PHIL), 475 (ANTH, LING 470), WST 490 (depending on topic and with prior approval of the Women’s Studies advisor).
Social Change and Social Policy
The courses in this cluster address the role of women within the legal, economic and political structures of our society. Whether they are social policy makers or the ones affected by the distribution of power, women have always played a central role in all of the institutions and practices that make up our society. This cluster examines women’s historical and contemporary place within religion; law; science; labor; economics; environmentalism; health care; cities; families; structures of race, class, and sexuality; and political activism.
WST 307I, 308, 309I (NSCI), 314, 315, 319 (AIS, ASAM, BST, CHLS),325 (SOC), 338I, 350, 356, 381 (ASAM, HIST), 384 (HIST 338), 402 (POSC 401), 406A (ASAM, HIST), 406B (ASAM, HIST), 410, 420, 424, 425, 430, 432, 440, 485A (HIST), 485B (HIST), WST 490 (depending on topic and with prior approval of the Women’s Studies advisor), SOC 346, PSY 354.
U.S. and Global Ethnic/Gender Diversity
This cluster focuses on the experience of women internationally and among diverse communities and cultures in the United States. Recognizing that women’s experiences are defined as much by their positioning within global political, social, and economic systems as by their individual racial, ethnic, religious, class, or sexual identity, this cluster offers a comparative look at both the individual and the global aspects of women’s lives. The courses in this cluster study the diversity of histories, experiences, and cultures within the United States as well as their historical and political connections to women around the globe.
WST 307I, 315, 320 (CHLS 415), 356, 381 (ASAM, HIST), 384 (HIST 338), 394 (HIST), 406A (ASAM, HIST), 406B (ASAM, HIST), 424, 445A (CHLS 450A), 445B (CHLS 450B), 447, 449, 490 (depending on topic and with prior approval of the Women’s Studies advisor), IST 451.
Note: Courses cross listed with any of the above courses are accepted as substitutes. Students must earn a grade of at least "C" in all upper division major courses.
Minor in Women’s Studies
A minimum of 21 units are required for the Women’s Studies minor, to be selected with approval of a Women’s Studies advisor. Courses cannot be counted for more than one category within the minor and must be selected from among the following categories:
Lower Division - 3 units: W/ST 101 or 102
Upper Division - 18 units:
Take each of the following for three units each: W/ST 300, 318I, 401I
Take one of the following for three units: W/ST 340 or 392
Take one of the following for three units: W/ST 485A or 485B
Take three additional units from any cluster.