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Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Degree 

The Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department offers a baccalaureate of arts and minor in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies. The major is an interdisciplinary study of women from the perspectives of the social sciences, humanities, and sciences. The curriculum examines the importance of gender, race, class and sexuality in human life. Courses emphasize the development of students’ analytic and problem-solving skills while also encouraging them to use their creative talents to chart new paths that lead to positive social change for women and gender non-conforming folks.

All Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies majors/double majors/minors must complete 6 core courses (18 units). 

This includes: 

WGSS 10 - Introduction to Women's Studies
WGSS 103 - History of Feminisms
WGSS 143 - Feminist Theory
WGSS 153 - Feminist Research Methodologies
WGSS 172 - Transnational Feminisms: Histories, Foundations, and Debates
WGSS/CRIM 126 (18 units) - Women and Violence: Public Policy and the Law

Cluster 1, Intersectional Feminisms

  • WGSS 125, WGSS 137/AFRS 137, WGSS 138/ASAM 138, WGSS 139/CLAS 162, WGSS 151T, WGSS 178/ENGL 178

Cluster 2, Advanced Topics in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

  • WGSS 107/PLSI 107, WGSS 114, WGSS 127/PH 126, WGSS 132/SOC 132, WGSS 136T, WGSS 140, WGSS 160

Many students choose Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies as a second major to complement their first, or primary, major. Double majors say their first major defines the field in which they work while Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies gives them a special focus within that field. Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies requirements are designed to make a dual major possible.

For additional information about the Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Major, please review the General Catalog.

For full details on the major, including a double major, please make an appointment with a Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Department advisor by contacting the Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Office at 559-278-2858.