Department of Women's and Gender Studies

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Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary area that explores new knowledge about women, their experiences, roles, achievements, and investigates issues related to their lives. Assessing past and current theories and research about women, Women's Studies also contributes theoretical and practical knowledge for both female and male students. It provides a valuable interdisciplinary perspective on the major academic disciplines as well. The Women's Studies Major is a valuable asset in many areas of employment (e.g., business, industry, teaching, law, health, social work, communications, counseling and research). The Women's Studies Minor, Gender and Ethnic Studies Minor (available online), and a 15-unit certificate in Woman's Studies have been approved for students in all curricula. The Women's Studies minor or certificate is useful in many areas of employment (e.g., business, industry, teaching, social work, law, health, communications, research and counseling).

Women's Studies courses are required of majors and minors, but are open to students in all curricula, some as general studies courses, some as general electives. New courses with a focus on women are being developed, and existing courses are being offered on a rotating basis. Students should obtain the most recent lists from the Women's Studies Chairperson.

Major in Women's and Gender Studies

Minor in Women's and Gender Studies

Certificate in Women's Studies

Courses

WOMENST 100   INTRODUCTION TO WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES (GE)   3 Units

An investigation of women's experience from the perspective of various disciplines. The course examines the ways gender interacts with ethnicity, race, class and sexuality and explores contemporary and historical issues related to women's lives. Included are such subjects as health and body image, violence against women, and women's achievements.

WOMENST 120   INTRODUCTION TO LGBTQ STUDIES (GE)   3 Units

An investigation of LGBTQ Studies from the perspective of various disciplines. The course examines the ways gender and sexuality interact with ethnicity, race, class, and ability and explores contemporary and historical issues related to LGBTQ lives. Included are such subjects as gender and sexuality as social constructions, violence and oppression, representation, history of LGBTQ movements and activism, and intersectional alliances.

WOMENST 240   WOMEN AND WORK (GE)   3 Units

This course focuses on the recent successes as well as the problems women face in the work force. It provides as overview of the changing nature of work in the United States and of the history of women from diverse groups and backgrounds.
PREREQ: SOPHOMORE STATUS

WOMENST 245   GENDER AND GEOGRAPHY (GS)   3 Units

Human geographies will be studied through the lens of gender along with gender relations at home and abroad. Content is organized according to a variety of spatial scales including the body, home, city, and world. Cases investigated at the global scale include gendered livelihoods and migration, nationalism and war, and environmental issues.
CROSS-LISTED: GEOGRPY 245 AND WOMENST 245

WOMENST 250   WOMEN IN AMERICAN CULTURE (GE)   3 Units

This course is a study of women's contributions and their representation in such areas of American culture as literature, art, crafts, music, film, letters and diaries--from the mid-Nineteenth Century to contemporary times. Students will also explore how the dominant ideas and images of American culture interact with the real lives of diverse groups of women.
PREREQ: SOPHOMORE STATUS

WOMENST 266   GENDER AND FILM (GE)   3 Units

Students will learn to critically view, consider, and describe films, with special attention to representations of sexuality and gender. The course will include instruction in gender theory and methods for deploying gender analysis in the context of film studies.
PREREQ: ENGLISH 101 OR ENGLISH 105 OR ENGLISH 161
CROSS-LISTED: ENGLISH/WOMENST/FILM 266

WOMENST 280   FEMINIST THEORIES   3 Units

An introduction to historical and contemporary feminist theories, with emphasis on critical reading and analysis of original works by major feminist writers.
PREREQ: WOMENST 100 AND SOPHOMORE STANDING

WOMENST 303   WOMEN'S VOICES/WOMEN'S LIVES   3 Units

A study of the lives of women in different ages and cultures. Women's roles in society as revealed in diaries, autobiography and biography are explored.
PREREQ: SOPHOMORE STATUS

WOMENST 310   WOMEN AND THE SHAPING OF LATIN AMERICAN CULTURE   3 Units

This course critically examines roles of women in shaping Latin American culture and society through exploration of individual and collective action. Through the lenses of film, essay, and objective studies students encounter ways in which women create, maintain and restore cultures often viewed by the outside as strongly male-dominated.
PREREQ: 3 CREDITS OF ANTHROPOLOGY OR PERMISSION OF THE INSTRUCTOR
CROSS-LISTED: ANTHROPL 310 AND WOMENST 310

WOMENST 320   LESBIAN STUDIES   3 Units

This course will introduce students to an array of interdisciplinary texts that present issues relevant to perceiving lesbian lives. Readings will include legal, scientific, and philosophic theory, studies by social scientists and historians, multicultural perspectives and literary works. There will be four units; 1) Defining our Terms, 2) Idea(l)s of Community, 3) Life-Cycle Choices, 4) Research on Current Issues.
PREREQ: WOMENST 100 AND SOPHOMORE STANDING

WOMENST 325   QUEER POPULAR CULTURE   3 Units

Queer Popular Culture analyzes mainstream popular culture through a queer perspective, and investigates queer subcultures and their role in creating belonging for the LGBTQ community. Key topics include queer theory, intersectional feminism, heteronormativity, cultural representations, and subversive cultural creation.
PREREQ: 3 CREDITS OF WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES COURSES OR JUNIOR STANDING OR PERMISSION OF INSTRUCTOR

WOMENST 330   RELIGION, SEXUALITY AND GENDER (GH)   3 Units

This course will trace changing conceptions of gender roles and the functions of women in various religious traditions. Feminine and masculine images of divinity will be compared and recent scholarship in feminist theology on questions such as the nature of divinity, immortality, and religious devotion will be examined.
PREREQ: SOPHOMORE STANDING OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
CROSS-LISTED: RELIGST 330 AND WOMENST 330

WOMENST 334   WOMEN AND MEN IN CROSS CULTURAL PERSPECTIVE (GS)   3 Units

Anthropological approaches to the cross-cultural study of gender relations with emphasis on societies of the non-Western world. Topics vary.
PREREQ: GENED 130 OR GENED 140 OR SOPHOMORE STANDING
CROSS-LISTED: ANTHROPL 334 AND WOMENST 334

WOMENST 341   AFRICAN WOMEN'S HISTORY FROM 1800 TO THE 1970s (GH)   3 Units

The course addresses the experiences of African women from 1800 to independent Africa with a focus on women's experiences and their contributions to African societies. The course cover changing ideas about gender and evaluates women's positions in African societies including rulers, warriors, politicians, activists, and average farmers.
PREREQ: SOPHOMORE STANDING OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
CROSS-LISTED: HISTRY/WOMENST 341

WOMENST 345   WOMEN IN MUSIC (GE)   3 Units

A survey of women musicians in Western European art music and twentieth-century popular musical styles. Historical, cultural, and philosophical issues surrounding the contributions of female performers, composers, conductors, patrons, teachers, musicologists, and other musical professions will be explored, as well as the portrayal of women in opera, musical theater, and music videos.
PREREQ: GENED 110, ENGLISH 101 AND ENGLISH 102 OR ENGLISH 105
CROSS-LISTED: MUSC 345 AND WOMENST 345

WOMENST 347   GENDER AND FAMILY IN JAPAN   3 Units

This course will examine forms of masculinity, femininity, sexuality, and family in contemporary Japan, and their historical development. Students will learn how gender, sexuality, and family are historically and socially constructed, how they are recreated through social interaction, how power inequalities are embedded in gender and family relations, how these inequalities impact individuals (and vice versa).
PREREQ: 3 UNITS OF SOCIOLGY OR 3 UNITS OF ANTHROPOLOGY OR WOMENST 100 OR JAPANESE 101 OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

WOMENST 350   STAGES AND TRANSITIONS IN WOMEN'S LIVES   3 Units

A study of identity issues that women may face in their adult lives, including specific transitions such as entering and/or leaving relationships; work patterns; parenting; caregiving; coping with loss; retirement; and facing the challenges of aging.
PREREQ: SOPHOMORE STATUS

WOMENST 351   VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN   3 Units

This course will explore violence against women, focusing specifically on domestic violence, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, stalking, sexual harassment, and human trafficking. Additionally, the course will examine issues related to same-sex violence and cross-cultural abuse, how violence against women becomes normalized, and the role of male allies.
PREREQ: SOPHOMORE STANDING

WOMENST 365   WOMEN, SCIENCE & SOCIETY   3 Units

Historical survey of women's contributions to science; case studies of modern women scientists; feminism and scientific knowledge.
PREREQ: JUNIOR STANDING OR WOMENST 100

WOMENST 367   ORIGINS OF GENDER   3 Units

This course presents theory, methods and case studies examining the role of women in human societies from our earliest origins through the beginning of the modern period. The dominant discipline in this inquiry is archaeological anthropology, but relevant material from sociology, biology, history and other fields will also be covered. No previous knowledge of any one field is expected, but exposure to the social sciences is desirable. My goal for this course is that you will leave with a better understanding of the role of women in past human societies, envision some of the trajectories that have led to contemporary social formations and be able to envision how the past, present and future are connected.
PREREQ: SOPHOMORE STANDING
CROSS-LISTED: ANTHROPL 367 AND WOMENST 367

WOMENST 370   WOMEN: RACE AND ETHNICITY (DV)(GE)   3 Units

This course will provide an examination of Native American, African American, Hispanic, and Asian American women in the broad areas of work, family/community relationships, creativity, and social action.
PREREQ: JUNIOR STANDING OR WOMENST 100

WOMENST 380   GENDER LAW AND POLICY (GS)   3 Units

A study of legal, social, and moral issues related to gender, such as the definition of sexual difference, inequality in the workplace, lesbian and gay rights. How those issues have been handled historically and normatively within the legal system will be investigated.
PREREQ: JUNIOR/SENIOR STATUS OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR

WOMENST 407   LATINA/LATIN AMERICAN WOMEN'S WRITING, ACTIVISM & CHANGE (DV)   3 Units

This course analyses writing by Latinas and Latin American women (XIX century-present), as well as the theories that frame their writing. Exposed to various themes and writing styles, students will engage in textual analysis and critical discussion to reflect on the authors¿ cultural and historical challenges as they engage in social change from their gendered and/or racialized critical identities.
PREREQ: ENGLISH 102 OR ENGLISH 105 OR ENGLISH 162; OR ANY LATINX, OR CHICANO COURSE; OR CONSENT OF INSTRUCTOR
CROSS-LISTED: LATINX 407 & WOMENST 407

WOMENST 410   DIVERSITY LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE SEMINAR   Repeatable   1 Units

Organized around individual student needs, this course provides students the specialized instruction necessary to complete the co-curricular requirements of the Diversity Leadership Certificate. The course emphasizes the creation of an ePortfolio that will be used to document a student's learning through the submission of a wide range of diversity-related learning artifacts and reflection essays.

WOMENST 455   ISSUES AND TOPICS IN WOMEN AND GENDER STUDIES   Repeatable   3 Units

This course provides intensive study of important issues in Women's Studies, with special emphasis on courses that reflect the most contemporary thought in our discipline and that correspond to faculty research interests. Topics include Women's Human Rights, Gender and AIDS, and Women, Militarism and War.

WOMENST 464   WOMEN IN INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS   3 Units

This course is designed to provide students with the opportunity to study and analyze international relations from a multi-disciplinary perspective. It will examine current understandings of the causes, processes and structures of international relations, violent conflict, as well as resolution of those conflicts and peace within the context of Feminist theories. The goal is to examine the role of women in international relations, international security, conflict and peace through different approaches to the study of conflict and how it is understood. The course will consider both the strength and limitations of various disciplinary approaches. The traditional approaches to international relations, international security, international conflict and peace reflect viewpoints consistent with masculine perspectives on power and security. The goal is to consider how the limitations of the approaches can be effectively challenged and what alternatives might be offered. Themes for discussion will include gender, race, ethnicity, nationalism, state, community, conflict and peace.
PREREQ: 3 UNITS OF POLITICAL SCIENCE OR 3 UNITS OF WOMEN STUDIES
CROSS-LISTED: POLISCI 464 AND WOMENST 464

WOMENST 481   GENDER, ETHNICITY, AND THE ENVIRONMENT (DV)   3 Units

An examination of the ways that sexism, racism, ethnic/class exploitation and environmental destruction are interrelated. Considers social and cultural forces that lead to limited and/or gendered concepts of nature, and explores alternative theoretical and activist perspectives (deep ecology, bioregionalism, ecofemisim, environmental justice, etc.) and responses to the environmental crisis.
PREREQ: SOPHOMORE STANDING

WOMENST 489   ADVANCED SEMINAR IN WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES   3 Units

An intensive, integrative study of selected issues in Women's and Gender Studies, emphasizing critical thinking and research techniques. A substantial research paper is required.
PREREQ: WOMENST 100 AND WOMENST 280 OR PHILSPHY 390

WOMENST 490   WORKSHOP IN WOMEN'S STUDIES   1-6 Units

Variable topics. Group activity oriented presentations emphasizing `hands on` and participatory instructional techniques. Repeatable

WOMENST 491   TRAVEL STUDY   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Variable topics. Faculty-led courses abroad.

WOMENST 493   INTERNSHIP IN WOMEN'S STUDIES   3 Units

Work and study with an agency or institution related to women's issues. Students working under faculty supervision will combine academic learning with practical experience.
PREREQ: 12 CREDITS IN COURSES APPROVED FOR WOMENS STUDIES

WOMENST 496   SPECIAL STUDIES   Repeatable   1-4 Units

Variable topics. Group activity. Not offered regularly in the curriculum but offered on topics selected on the basis of timeliness, need, and interest, and generally in the format of regularly scheduled Catalog offerings. Repeatable. Instructor Consent required.

WOMENST 497   EXCHANGE STUDY   Repeatable   1-12 Units

Variable topics.

WOMENST 498   INDEPENDENT STUDY   Repeatable   1-3 Units

Study of a selected topic or topics under the direction of a faculty member.