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Introduction | Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies
Minor in Women's Studies| Women's Studies Courses
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Renae Bredin (Women's Studies)

Humanities 214


Bachelor of Arts in Women's Studies
Minor in Women's Studies

Renae Bredin, Rebecca Dolhinow, Donna Gough, Marjorie Jolles

Women’s Studies emphasizes the study of gender-based movements, gendered experience, research, analysis, and theory, from a women-centered perspective, as subjects and as researchers. Core courses incorporate information technologies and community service learning experiences that offer students opportunities to develop essential skills and civic commitments. Students develop links to the community and to businesses and professional sites where they have opportunities to apply and evaluate the research, methods, and theories that they are studying.

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The major in women’s studies is designed for students who have a particular interest in learning more about the roles and status of women in society. Cross-disciplinary in structure, the major draws from a wide variety of courses offered by many departments throughout the university. Women’s studies majors develop proficiency in a wide variety of research methodologies appropriate to humanities and the social sciences, as well as the areas of business, science and the arts. The goals of the major are to apply concepts learned in women’s studies courses to other academic areas, to encourage more students to do research in the area, and to prepare students in selected career paths where sensitivity to women’s issues is important (particularly in business, education, counseling, human services, public administration, and the health professions, as well as liberal arts degrees in general).

The minor has wide applicability and career goals to work in other disciplines. Students have the opportunity to extend academic or career interests in ethnic or international studies or in specific disciplines to include gender analysis through independent study units that can be applied toward their minor.

Renae Bredin (Women’s Studies), Rebecca Dolhinow (Women’s Studies), Donna Gough (Women’s Studies), Marjorie Jolles (Women’s Studies), Karen Lystra (American Studies), Leila Zenderland (American Studies), Patricia Szeszulski (Child and Adolescent Studies), Natalie Fousekis (History), Cora Granata (History), April Bullock (Liberal Studies), Reyes Fidalgo (Modern Languages), Amy Coplan (Philosophy), Pamela Fiber (Political Science), Valerie O’Regan (Political Science)

The Women’s Studies Student Association (“Third Wave”) is an actively involved group of students that presents speakers, participates in colloquia and panel discussions, and coordinates social and instructionally related programs among students who are part of the Women’s Studies program, and others who are interested in gender related issues. The group has sponsored campus events celebrating Women’s History Month, staged rock concerts, and held “Take Back the Night” rallies. The students have helped plan and participate in the annual Pacific Southwest Women’s Studies Association Conference (which CSUF hosted in 1997 and 1998).

Women's studies

The Bachelor of Arts in Women’s Studies requires a minimum of 120 units which includes courses for the major, General Education, all university requirements, and free electives.
The major consists of 38 units selected from the following categories:

Core Requirements (18 units)
Women’s Studies 205 Gender and Globalization (3)
Women’s Studies/Philosophy 302 Introduction to Intercultural Women’s Studies (3)
Women’s Studies 350 Research, Methodology, and Writing (3)
Women’s Studies 450 Theory, Practice, Internship, and Community Service (6) (capstone class)
Women’s Studies 480 Feminist Theories (3)

Breadth Requirements (9 units, chosen from among the following)
American Studies 320 Women in American Society (3)
Anthropology 332 Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
Psychology 310 Psychology of Women (3)
Sociology 354 Sociology of Sex Roles (3)
Women’s Studies 343 Philosophy of Feminism (3)
Women's Studies 360 Politics of Sexuality (3)
Women’s Studies 485 Women and Politics (3)

Elective Options (12 units, chosen from among the following or from additional breadth requirement)
Afro/Women’s Studies 306 American Indian Women (3)
Afro-Ethnic 310 Black Women in America (3)
Afro-Ethnic 311 Intracultural Socialization Patterns (3)
American Studies 312 Multicultural Identities and Women’s Experience (3)
American Studies 413 The Shifting Role and Image of the American Male (3)
American Studies 419 Love in America (3)
American Studies 420 Childhood and the Family (3)
Art 401 Women in Art (3)
Asian American 308 Asian American Women (3)
Afro/Women’s Studies 306 American Indian Women (3)
Biology 360 Biology of Human Sexuality (3)
Chicano 313 La Chicana (3)
Criminal Justice 430 Women and Crime (3)
English 355T Images of Women in Literature (3)
French 485 Senior Seminar in French Studies* (3)
German 485T Senior Seminar in German Literature* (3)
History 424T Gender and Sexuality in History (3)
History 449 Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in Latin America: A History (3)
History 377 Women’s Image in American Film (3)
Kinesiology 480 Women and Sport (3)
Linguistics 369 Language, Sex Roles, and the Brain (3)
Music 305 Women in Music (3)
Nursing 303 Women’s Health and Healing (3)
Philosophy 325 Philosophy of Sex and Love (3)
Political Science 474 Civil Liberties (3)
Psychology 312 The Psychology of Human Sexual Behavior (3)
Sociology 355 Women in Contemporary Societies (3)
Sociology 381 Sociology of Sexualities (3)
Sociology 408 Sexual Abuse in American Society (3)
Women’s Studies 100 Introduction to Gender Studies (3)
Women’s Studies 101 Introduction to Ethnic Studies (3)
Women’s Studies 308 Asian American Women (3)
Women’s Studies 310 Black Women in America (3)
Women’s Studies 312 Multicultural Identities and Women’s Experience (3)
Women’s Studies 313 La Chicana (3)
Women’s Studies 320 Gendered Techno-culture (3)
Women’s Studies 355 Economics of Gender and Work (3)
Women’s Studies 360 Politics of Sexuality (3)
Women’s Studies 410 Women, Health and Aging (3)
Women’s Studies 480 Feminist Theories (3)
Women’s Studies 499 Independent Study (1-3)
Variable Topics (1-3 units) or Independent Study (1-3) (can be arranged through various departments)
*When listed in the schedule of classes with an emphasis on women

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The minor consists of 24 units, selected from the following categories:

Core Courses (6 units)
Women’s Studies 205 Gender and Globalization (3)
Women’s Studies 302 Introduction to Intercultural Women’s Studies (3)

Breadth Courses (9 units)
Chosen from courses listed above under breadth requirements for major.

Elective Courses (9 units)
Chosen from list of elective options for major listed above.

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Courses are designated as WMST in the class schedule.

WMST 100    Introduction to Gender Studies in the Humanities

Description: Course studies gender representation in the humanities, using primary texts from around the world that shape global perspectives on the human condition. Concepts studied include rationality, the moral dimensions of individuals and communities, and the social construction of gender. One or more sections offered online.
Units: (3)

WMST 101    Introduction to Ethnic Studies

Description: (Same as Afro-Ethnic Studies 101)
Units: (3)

WMST 205    Gender and Globalization

Description: Prerequisite: General Education Category III.B.1 or III.C.1. A comparative study of various international movements that have sought and continue to seek changes in regard to the conditions and status of women.
Units: (3)

WMST 302    Introduction to Intercultural Women’s Studies

Description: Prerequisite: Philosophy 100, Biology 101, Psychology 100 or Sociology 100. Interdisciplinary introduction to intercultural women’s issues and research in relevant disciplines. (Same as Philosophy 302).
Units: (3)

WMST 306    American Indian Women

Description: (Same as Afro-Ethnic 306)
Units: (3)

WMST 308    Asian American Women

Description: (Same as Asian American 308)
Units: (3)

WMST 310    Black Women in America

Description: (Same as Afro-Ethnic 310)
Units: (3)

WMST 312    Multicultural Identities and Women’s Experience

Description: (Same as American Studies 312)
Units: (3)

WMST 313    La Chicana

Description: (Same as Chicano Studies 313)
Units: (3)

WMST 316    Anthropology of Sex and Gender

Description: (Same as Anthropology 316)
Units: (3)

WMST 320    Gendered Techno-culture

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category III.B.1,2, Introduction to Arts and Humanities. Examines current technologies and their relationship to gender issues, combining theoretical considerations with practical applications. Students will learn some basic technologies to use as tools for their projects.
Units: (3)

WMST 343    Philosophy of Feminism

Description: (Same as Philosophy 343)
Units: (3)

WMST 350    Research, Methodology, and Writing

Description: Prerequisite: Women’s Studies 302. Study and evaluation of various methodological approaches used to address gender issues, such as survey analysis, oral history, personal narrative, and ethnography. Development of research skills, including computer applications. Development of writing skills, including research papers.
Units: (3)

WMST 355    Economics of Gender and Work

Description: (Same as Economics 355.)
Units: (3)

WMST 360    Politics of Sexuality

Description: Prerequisite: completion of General Education Category III.C.1. A critical examination of the cultural politics of sexuality within the United States and across national and cultural boundaries using feminist theories and methods. A focus on sexual controversies illuminates the relationship between sex, power and social change.
Units: (3)

WMST 410    Women, Health and Aging

Description: Prerequisite: junior or senior standing. Course focuses on the critical analysis of influential gendered images found in literature, painting, films, and advertising which depict disability and other health issues related to aging. (Same as Gerontology 410)
Units: (3)

WMST 450    Theory, Practice, Internship, and Community Service

Description: Capstone Course. Two-tiered course which studies and evaluates analysis of theory and practice and which incorporates a semester long on-site community based learning component. Applications of theory evaluated through in-class and Internet discussion and writing projects.
Units: (6)

WMST 480    Feminist Theories

Description: Prerequisites: Women’s Studies 302 or 343. Study of history and theories of feminism. Readings and discussions of theoretical developments in feminist thought and activism. Historical overview of connections between women as social actors and agents of social change and feminist theorizing.
Units: (3)

WMST 485    Women and Politics

Description: (Same as Political Science 485)
Units: (3)

WMST 499    Independent Study

Description: Prerequisite: approval by instructor teaching a Women’s Studies class, or by Coordinator of Women’s Studies. An opportunity to do extended research in Women’s Studies, or to link an interest in another discipline to an interest in Women’s Studies.
Units: (1-3)


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