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Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

College of Liberal Arts

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Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies - Programs

Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies (code W/STBA01) (120 units)

Requirements

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, Gender, and Sexuality Studies – total 3 units: WGSS 102
  • Theory and Methodology – total 15 units.
  • Nine units to include WGSS 300, 301, and 415;
  • One of the following for 3 units: WGSS 340 or 392;
  • One of the following for 3 units: WGSS 365I or 382.
  • U.S. and Global Ethnic/Gender Diversity – total 6 units: WGSS 318I and 401I
  • Women’s History – total 3 units: WGSS 485A (HIST) or 485B (HIST)
  • Senior Capstone Seminar – total 3 units: WGSS 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.

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.

WGSS 312 (HIST 319), 314, 316 (FEA 317), 320 (CHLS 415), 365I, 381 (ASAM), 382 (ENGL), HIST 338, 402 (POSC 401), WGSS 406A (ASAM, HIST), WGSS 406B (ASAM, HIST), 410, 420, 425, 432, 441 (ENGL), 442 (ENGL), 447, 455 (PHIL), 475 (ANTH, LING 470), WGSS 490 (depending on topic and with prior approval of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality 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.

WGSS 307I, 308, 309I (NSCI), 314, 315, 319 (AIS, ASAM, AFRS, CHLS),325 (SOC), 340, 350, 356, 381 (ASAM, HIST), HIST 338, 392, 402 (POSC 401), 406A (ASAM, HIST), 406B (ASAM, HIST), 410, 420, 424, 425, 430, 432, 440, 485A (HIST), 485B (HIST), WGSS 490 (depending on topic and with prior approval of the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality 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.

WGSS 307I, 315, 320 (CHLS 415), 356, 381 (ASAM, HIST), HIST 338, HIST 394, 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, Gender, and Sexuality 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 (code W/STUM01)

Requirements

A minimum of 21 units are required for the Women’s Studies minor, to be selected with approval of a Women's, Gender, and Sexuality 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: WGSS 101 or 102

Upper Division - 18 units:

  • Take each of the following for three units each: WGSS 300, 318I, 401I
  • Take one of the following for three units: WGSS 340 or 392
  • Take one of the following for three units: WGSS 485A or 485B
  • Take three additional units from any cluster.