Women's Studies, Minor


Women's Studies Program

Kathryn Forbes, Coordinator
McKee Fisk Building, Room 243

Degrees and Programs Offered

BA in Women's Studies, B.A.
MN in Women's Studies, Minor

Courses Offered

Women's Studies is an approach that places women in the center of inquiry. The primary mission of Women's Studies is to analyze gender. Students acquire both a local and global perspective on gender. Attentiveness to diversity, privilege and power, and women's unique creative contributions to human experience are central aspects of this training. More than simply a body of knowledge, Women's Studies encourages students to apply their learning to transform their lives and their communities. Women's Studies offers a vital perspective everywhere gender impacts our world.



Women's Studies Minor Requirements

The minor in women's studies requires a minimum of 20 units, including WS 103, 143, 153, and 175S. The other 8 units must be selected from a list of approved courses. Courses from this list also may satisfy General Education requirements as appropriate.

Note: The Women's Studies Minor also requires a 2.0 GPA and 6 upper-division units in residence.


Women’s Studies Program faculty come from a variety of disciplines: American Indian Studies, anthropology, English, ethnic studies, history, philosophy, and, political science. Cooperating faculty teach Women’s Studies courses in their home departments: Africana Studies, American Indian Studies, Asian American Studies Anthropology, Art, Chicano and Latin American Studies, Criminology, Theater Arts, English, Public Health, History, Philosophy, Psychology, and Sociology. Faculty who teach Saturday classes are community practitioners and activists who work in social service organizations that aim to empower women and girls. 

For faculty phone numbers and e-mail, see the campus directory.

For more on the faculty, see the faculty pages.
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