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Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies

Undergraduate Programs

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

Requirements

This program requires 48 units. Courses cannot be counted for more than one category within the major. Requirements include 6 lower division units and 42 units distributed among the following, among which 39 units must be upper division:

Core

Lower Division:

  • Take both of the following courses:
    • WGSS 101 Women and Their Bodies (3)
    • WGSS 102 Women In Contemporary Society (3)
  • Take each of the following courses:
    • WGSS 300 Principles of Feminism (3)
    • WGSS 301 Feminist Research Methods (3)
    • WGSS 415 Feminist Theory (3)
  • Take one of the following courses:
    • WGSS 392 Feminist Pedagogy: Peer Facilitation (3)
    • WGSS 496 Community Service Learning in Women's Issues (3)
  • Take the following course:
    • WGSS 495 Senior Capstone Seminar (3)

Clusters

To include a minimum of 3 units from each of the following five clusters and an additional 3 units from any cluster. In addition, students are required to take an additional 9 units from any combination of WGSS classes.

Gender and Sexuality

The study of the construction and maintenance of sexual difference, sexual behaviors, desires and identities.

WGSS 205, 356, 416, 442 and 490 (depending on topic and with prior approval of the WGSS advisor).

Cultural Studies

Women's place in culture through which societal ideas about women and gender have historically been created and maintained.

WGSS 318, 365, 410, 432, 445A, 445B and 490 (depending on topic and with prior approval of the WGSS advisor).

Feminist Aesthetics

Examines art, literature and film as sites of women's theoretical and political work and as sources of the constructions and representations of gendered identities.

WGSS 216, 314, 316, 420, and 490 (depending on topic and with prior approval of the WGSS advisor).

Feminist Analysis

Examines the role of women within the legal, economic and political structures of our society.

WGSS 307, 308, 350, 401, 440 and 490 (depending on topic and with prior approval of the WGSS advisor).

Feminist Change

Women as agents of change and in social movements that address gendered lives.

WGSS 424, 425, 430, 449 and 490 (depending on topic and with prior approval of the WGSS advisor).

Note: Students must earn a grade of at least "C" in all upper division major courses.