Major Requirements

Women's and Gender Studies aims to engage students in a critical understanding of the complex ways gender shapes the world around them, particularly in regards to race, sexuality, class, and other social factors through a vibrant interdisciplinary program.

Lower Division Requirements: 3 courses (12 semester hours)

  • WGST 1000 Gender and Social Movements (4 semester hours)
  • WGST 1100 Gender, Race, and Sexuality in Contemporary Society (4 semester hours)
  • WGST 2000 Women in Global Communities (4 semester hours)
  • WGST 2200 Women's Bodies, Health, and Sexuality (4 semester hours)

Upper Division Requirements: 6 courses (24 semester hours)

Required Upper Division Courses: 3 Courses (12 Semester Hours)

  • WGST 3000 Feminist Theories (4 semester hours) OR
  • WGST 4001 Queer Theory (4 semester hours)
  • WGST 3100 Feminist Research Methods (4 semester hours)
  • WGST 4900 Senior Seminar in Women's and Gender Studies (4 semester hours)

Students must choose 2 courses (8 semester hours) from one of the following:

  • WGST 3200 Women and Environmental Justice (4 semester hours)
  • WGST 3300 Gender, Race, and the Graphic Novel (4 semester hours)
  • WGST 3301 Literature by Women of Color (4 semester hours)
  • WGST 3500 Genders and Sexualities (4 semester hours)
  • WGST 3600 History of Women in California (4 semester hours)
  • WGST 3800 Gender and Urban Geographies (4 semester hours)
  • WGST 3900 Gender and Disability (4 semester hours)
  • WGST 4100 Sex, Trade, and Trafficking (4 semester hours)
  • WGST 4101 Queer Migration and Diaspora (4 semester hours)

In addition, choose 1 course (4 semester hours) from any Women's and Gender Studies upper division course. At times, a special studies course may be taken in lieu of one of the upper division electives. Please consult the Department for approval.

Total: 36 semester hours

Women's and Gender Studies Majors should have a minimum of a C (2.0) in all Women's and Gender Studies courses. Please note that cross-listed courses may have Departmental prerequisites; consult the Department for details.