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Women's Studies

Women's Studies Major

The major in Women's Studies at Loyola Marymount requires a total of twelve courses composed of four lower division courses, four specifically required upper division courses, and four upper division options. The focus of the major is both to provide a strong foundation in the literature and trends in the field and to capitalize on the university's mission and its location adjacent to Latin America, the Pacific, and the ethnically diverse Southern California region.

After completing their program in Women's Studies, students will have:

  • Acquired a critical understanding of the complex ways gender shapes the world, particularly in relation to race, sexuality, class, and other social factors. Acquired a strong commitment to social justice for women of all ethnicities, races, nationalities, social classes, sexualities, and abilities.
  • Learned new methodologies and theoretical tools.
  • Learned to express themselves well both orally and in writing.



Lower Division Requirements: 12 semester hours

WNST 100, 101, and 200, plus one of the following for the Lower Division Health and Sexualities Requirement: WNST 220 or 222.

Upper Division Requirements: 12 semester hours

WNST 301, 302, 351, and 497.

Upper Division Options: 12 semester hours

Choose 9 semester hours (3 classes) from one of the following clusters, plus 3 semester hours (1 class) from one of the others. Please note that some classes are listed in more than one cluster. Students may take such classes for credit in only one cluster. At times a special studies class may be taken in lieu of one of the options listed below. Please consult the department for advice.

Note: One of the upper division options must include WNST 303 or another History of Women class. If History of Women is chosen as a cluster, then the student must choose one course from another cluster.

History of Women: WNST 303, 361, 362, 364, 365, 461, or 462.

Transnationalism and Women in the Third World: WNST 346, 347, 431, 434, 435, 452, 454, or 462.

Gender at the Intersection of Race, Ethnicity, Class, and Sexuality: WNST 341, 342, 343, 344, 345, 348, 349, 440, 445, 453, or 461.

Feminist Aesthetics, Literature, and Cultural Studies: WNST 311, 331, 332, 333, 334, 336, 343, 411, 430, 431, 434, or 435.

Social Movements, Social Justice, and Public Policy: WNST 347, 451, 454, or 490.

Feminist Theology and Philosophy: WNST 361, 370, 371, 372, or 373.

Total: 36 semester hours. Women's Studies majors should have a minimum of a C (2.0) in all Women's Studies classes. Please note that cross-listed courses may have departmental prerequisites; consult departments for details.