Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

Units required for the Minor: 21

Program Description

Women’s and Gender Studies is a dynamic interdisciplinary field preparing students to be future leaders, scholars, and social justice activists. We are dedicated to studying the social production of gender and women’s experiences in relation to formations of sexuality, race, class, nationality, ability, ageism, and other categories of difference. Scholarship and research in Women’s and Gender studies emphasize the importance of connecting what students learn in the classroom to political projects and personal experiences.

Our curriculum empowers students to be agents of change in their communities and society. It provides them tools to examine relations of gender in local, national, and global contexts. Our courses situate gender within specific historical and cultural contexts, allowing students to examine how our lives are shaped by social and economic institutions, political movements, and individual experiences. “Putting Theory into Practice” since 1971, we place a strong emphasis on community involvement and activism, and we offer many opportunities for internships and service work credit.

The Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies will help students prepare for careers in education, as professors, teachers, or curriculum specialists; counseling, as school counselors, psychological or family therapists; law; health; human services; student services; and public service.

Minimum Grade Requirement

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

Program Requirements

A. Core Courses (9 Units)
WGS 85Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies 13
WGS 110Introduction to Feminist Movements in the United States 13
WGS 180Seminar in Feminist Theory3
B. Required Departmental Elective Courses (9 Units)
Select one course from each of the following categories:9
Political and Social Movements / Applied
Introduction to Gender & Sexuality 1
Introduction to Disability Studies 1
Gender & Health 1
Gender, Race, and Class 1
Violence Against Women 1
WGS 148
Gender & Disability 1
Fieldwork in Women's Studies
Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Special Problems
Critical Cultural Studies
WGS 25
Mother Woman Person 1
Women of Color 1
Latinx Feminist Studies 1
Goddess, Witch, Feminist 1
Women In Art 1
Introduction to Queer and Trans Studies
Globalization and Transnational Feminisms
Women Of The Middle East 1
Sex & Gender in South Asia 1
Women and Work 1
Women & Globalization
C. Interdisciplinary Elective Courses (3-4 Units)
Select one course from the following:3 - 4
Women and the Criminal Justice System 1
Women and the Economy
Sex Role Stereotyping in American Education
La Mujer Chicana
Native American Women
Black Women In America
Twentieth Century Fiction by Women 1
British Women Novelists 1
American Women Writers 1
History of American Women 1
Sex, Population, and Birth Control in America 1
Women in Film and American Culture 1
Women in the Mass Media 1
Philosophy and Feminism
Psychology of Human Sexuality 1
Psychology of Women
Sociology of Gender 1
Crimes Without Victims 1
Asian American Women 1
Women and Theatre: Staging Diversity 1
Gender and Politics
LGBTQ Histories
Total Units21-22

4-unit course.