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Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program that incorporates both a body of information and frameworks for analysis. Introductory coursework focuses on the history and social and political meanings and ramifications of the concepts of gender and sexuality, as well as on the history of political movements that developed and mobilized these concepts. At the advanced level, students develop competency in contemporary social critique, basic feminist and queer theory, and research skills appropriate to their area of emphasis.

WGSS courses are open to all students regardless of major or gender. You may take any of these courses to broaden your academic program, or you may elect a Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies major or minor. 

After College
Students studying women, gender & sexuality studies can go on to pursue advanced studies at the graduate level. Others find that the program is the perfect preparation for careers in business, law or international studies. Understanding the challenges women and sexual minorities have faced and continue to face changes the way students look at all topics, regardless of discipline.

Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies
The Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Major

The Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Major

Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the major must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C (2.0).

10 units, including

WGSS 200 Introduction to Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
WGSS 489 Research Methods and Capstone Preparation
WGSS 490 Senior Capstone Experience

Seven additional units in WGSS or cross-listed courses. At least four of the seven courses must be at the 300-level or above, and no more than .5 unit of internship credit may be counted toward the major.

Students must develop their major course of study plan in consultation with their advisor/WGSS coordinator. Plans must be submitted in writing and kept on file. The procedure for submitting a plan can be found on the WGSS website.

Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the major. Prerequisites do not count toward the major unless otherwise noted.

The Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor

The Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies Minor

Note: The grade point average of the coursework comprising the minor must be no less than 2.00 with no course grade below C (2.0).

5 units, including

WGSS 200 Introduction to Women, Gender & Sexuality Studies
Four additional units in WGSS core or cross-listed from at least two different departments, including no more than .5 units of internship credit.

Students are expected to fulfill all prerequisites necessary for courses within the minor. Prerequisites do not count toward the minor unless otherwise noted.