BS in Women's Studies

Units required for Major: 36
Total units required for BS: 120

Program Description

The field of Women’s Studies is dedicated to studying women’s lives and facilitating political activism and community participation. What makes Women’s Studies such a dynamic field is the conviction that theoretical knowledge is best illuminated when connected to political projects and personal experiences.

Our Women’s Studies curriculum is multi-disciplinary and focuses on women, gender, and sexuality in relation to other social and economic forces such as racism, ethnocentrism, capitalism, and militarism. Students have opportunities to examine women’s diverse experiences--locally, nationally, and globally--within feminist and social justice frameworks.

Minimum total units required for the BS: 120; 40 units should be upper division.

Minimum Grade Requirement

A minimum grade of C- is required of courses applied to the major.

Program Requirements

Required Lower Division Core Courses (3 Units)
WOMS 50Introduction to Gender & Sexuality 13
Required Upper Division Courses (9 Units)
WOMS 110Introduction to the Women's Movement in Contemporary Society3
WOMS 115Introduction to Women's Studies 13
WOMS 180Seminar in Feminist Theory3
Required Upper Division Elective Courses (24 Units) 2
Select at least one course from each of the following categories:24
Identities and Intersectionality
Women Cross-Culturally
Sex Role Stereotyping in American Education
La Mujer Chicana
Native American Women
Black Women In America
Special Topics in Human Resource Management
Psychology of Human Sexuality
Psychology of Women
Mother Woman Person 1
Gender, Race, and Class
Women Of Color
Gender and Politics
Fieldwork in Women's Studies
Special Problems
The Humanities
Twentieth Century Fiction by Women
British Women Novelists
American Women Writers
History of Women in Western Civilization, Prehistory-Middle Ages
History of Women in Western Civilization, Renaissance-Present
History of American Women
Women in Film and American Culture
Women in the Mass Media
Philosophy and Feminism
Asian American Women
Women and Theatre: Staging Diversity
Feminism and the Spirit
Women In Art
Society, Politics and Social Movements
Women and the Criminal Justice System
Women And Education
HIST 175
Sociology of Gender
Gender & Health 1
Crimes Without Victims
Violence Against Women
Introduction to Queer and Trans Studies
Gender and Politics
LGBTQ Histories
Economic Globalization and Transnational Feminism
Women and the Economy
Women Of The Middle East
Sex & Gender in South Asia
Women and Work
Women's Global Issues
Total Units36

General Education Requirements1

Area A: Basic Subjects (6 Units)
A1 - Oral Communication3
A2 - Written Communication3
A3 - Critical Thinking 20
Area B: Physical Universe and Its Life Forms (10 Units)
B1 - Physical Science3
B2 - Life Forms3
B3 - Lab (Note: Lab experience to be taken with one of the following: B1, B2 or B5)1
B4 - Math Concepts3
B5 - Additional Course (Any B to reach 12 units) - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 20
Area C: Arts and Humanities (12 Units)
C1 - Arts3
C2 - Humanities3
C1/C2 - Area C Course3
C1/C2 - Area C Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements.3
Area D: The Individual and Society (6 Units)
Area D Course3
Area D Course3
Area D Course 20
Area D Course - Take upper-division course to complete Area & upper division requirements. 20
Area E: Understanding Personal Development (3 Units)
Area E Course3
Total Units37

Graduation Requirements1

Graduation Requirements (required by CSU) (6 Units)
American Institutions: U.S. History3
American Institutions: U.S. Constitution & CA Government3
Writing Intensive (WI) 20
Graduation Requirements (required by Sacramento State) (12 Units)
English Composition II3
Race and Ethnicity in American Society (RE)3
Foreign Language Proficiency Requirement 36