BS in Women's and Gender Studies

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

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 B.S. in Women’s and Gender Studies prepares students 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 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

A. Core Courses (12 Units)
WGS 50Introduction to Gender & Sexuality 13
WGS 85Introduction to Women's & Gender Studies 13
WGS 110Introduction to Women's Movements in the United States 13
WGS 180Seminar in Feminist Theory3
B. Required Departmental Elective Courses (15-18 Units)
Select 5-6 courses from the following, with at least one course from each category:15 - 18
Political and Social Movements / Applied
Introduction to Disability Studies
Gender & Health 1
Gender, Race, and Class 1
Violence Against Women 1
Gender & Disability 1
Fieldwork in Women's Studies
Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Special Problems
Critical Cultural Studies
Mother Woman Person 1
Women Of Color 1
Latinx Feminist Studies 1
Feminism and the Spirit 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's Global Issues
C. Interdisciplinary Elective Courses (9-12 Units) 2
Select 3-4 courses from the following:9 - 12
Women and the Criminal Justice System
Women and the Economy
Twentieth Century Fiction by Women 2
British Women Novelists 2
American Women Writers 2
Sex Role Stereotyping in American Education
La Mujer Chicana
Native American Women
Black Women In America
History of American Women
Sex, Population, and Birth Control in America
Women in Film and American Culture
Women in the Mass Media
Philosophy and Feminism
Psychology of Human Sexuality
Psychology of Women
Sociology of Gender
Crimes Without Victims
Asian American Women
Women and Theatre: Staging Diversity 1
Gender and Politics
LGBTQ Histories
Total Units36-42

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 (3 Units)
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
Area F: Ethnic Studies
Area F Course
Total Units34

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