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for California State University, Fresno.
Women's Studies Program
The College of Social Sciences
LORETTA KENSINGER, Director
McKee Fisk Building, Room 244
NIMAT DAVIS, Administrative Support Coordinator
LETICIA NUÑO, Administrative Assistant
McKee Fisk Building, Room 244
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 is open to all who want to know more about the impact of gender on their lives and the world. Students find the field valuable to a variety of educational and career goals. Many Women's Studies students report their classes enhanced their self-esteem and confidence. Nationally, Women's Studies students have established successful careers in a variety of fields from diversity studies to law, K-12 to graduate studies, biology to nursing, the creative arts to telecommunications, criminology to victim services, business and management to social change organizing, history to philosophy, and health to social services.
The Women's Studies Program has its own full-time and part-time faculty who come from a variety of disciplines: anthropology, history, sociology, political science, English, and philosophy. In addition to this core faculty, cooperating faculty members teach women's studies courses in their home departments: American studies, anthropology education, art, Chicano and Latin American studies, criminology, drama, education, English, ethnic studies, health sciences, history, philosophy, psychology, recreation, and sociology. Saturday School faculty are most often chosen from the community-at-large on the basis of their particular area of expertise.
Loretta Kensinger, Director
Major requirements (36 units)
Core: WS 103, 143, 153, 175 (12 units)
Approved electives (24 units)
General Education requirements (51 units)
Electives and remaining degree requirements (33-42 units)*
Total units (120)
*This total indicates that three courses (9 units) in General Education
also may be applied to fulfill WS major requirements. These courses are
WS 12 in G.E. Foundation A3, WS 10 in G.E. Breadth D3, and WS 18 in G.E.
Breadth E1. Consult the program coordinator or faculty adviser for additional
- The 24 units of electives must be selected from a list of approved
courses available in the Women's Studies Program office. At least one course
must be selected from each of the following three clusters:
Cluster 1, Gender and Diversity - WS 120, 125, 136T (with adviser approval), 150T (with adviser approval), 151T (with adviser approval); ASAM 138; CLAS 162; WS/AFRS 137.
Cluster 2, Women and the Arts and Humanities -WS 110, 136T (with adviser approval), 148, 150T (with adviser approval), 151T (with adviser approval); WS/ENGL 168T; WS/ENGL 194T; WS/HIST 102T; LING 130; PHIL 110.
Cluster 3, Women and the Social, Natural, and Applied Sciences -WS 114, 135, 136T (with adviser approval), 150T (with adviser approval), 151T (with adviser approval), 160; WS/CRIM 126; WS 127/PH 126; WS/PH 130; WS/SOC 132; MGT 189T; SWRK 271T.
- No more than 3 units may be selected from the 1-unit Saturday courses: WS 108, 109, 112, 116, and 150T.
- CR/NC grading is not permitted in the women's studies major, except for courses offered only under CR/NC grading.
- Some General Education units may dual count toward the major, double major, or minor as appropriate. ome electives may also dual count for their primary and double major as appropriate. Students should consult a program faculty adviser to find out how many units and which courses in their plan of study this may apply to.
- Students whose primary major is women's studies should be aware that while any WS courses also offered by the program as General Education courses can count toward their major as appropriate, courses taken to meet their upper-division General Education Integration and Multicultural/International requirements must be taken outside women's studies. (This particular G.E. restriction does not apply to double majors for whom women's studies is declared as their second major or for women's studies minors.)
- Majors are urged to fulfill the upper-division writing skills requirement during the first semester of their junior year. See Degree Requirements.
Double Major in Women's Studies
Many students choose Women's Studies as a second major to complement their first, or primary, major. Double majors say their first major defines the field in which they work. Women's Studies gives them a special focus within that field. Women's Studies requirements are designed to make a dual major possible. All majors take the four core courses. Since in a dual major some courses may double count toward their degree, students pursuing Women's Studies as a double major should speak to an adviser in the Women's Studies program as soon as possible.
The minor in women's studies requires a minimum of 20 units, including WS 103, 143, 153, and 175. 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.
The Women's Studies Program participates in a certificate of special study awarded to those students who successfully complete a minimum of 12 units of interdisciplinary academic coursework in the area of alcohol and drug abuse. (For complete details, see Health and Social Work Interdisciplinary Courses in this catalog.)
The Women's Studies Program participates in a certificate of special
study awarded to those students who successfully complete a minimum of12
units of interdisciplinary academic coursework in the area of victim services.
(For complete details, see Criminology Department
or School of Education and Human Development.)
WS 10. Introduction to Women's Studies (3)
Prerequisite: G.E. Foundation A2. Interdisciplinary course designed to introduce students to the major social, cultural, economic, and political forces which define gender in society. G.E. Breadth D3. FS PS
WS 12. Critical Thinking: Gender Issues (3)
Theory and practice in basic skills of critical thinking using examples about the intersections of gender with race and class. Skills will be demonstrated and assessed through oral and written performance. G.E. Foundation A3. FS PS
WS 18. Women and Aging (3)
(Same as GERON 18.) Interdisciplinary course designed to facilitate the understanding of older women and the physiological, psychological, and social aspects of the aging process. G.E. Breadth E1. P
WS 50T. Studies in Literature (4)
(See ENGL 50T section.) Women in Novels section.
WS 55T. Topics in Women's Studies (1-4; max total 12)
Topics of current interest in the Women's Movement, covering a wide variety of issues. (See Class Schedule for specific topics.) P
WS 101. Women in History (3)
(See HIST 101.) G.E. Integration ID. FS
WS 102T. Topics in Women's History
(3; max total 6; repeatable with different topics)
(Same as HIST 102T.) (See Class Schedule for specific topics.) P
WS 103. History of Feminism (3)
Survey of history of feminist thought and action from Middle Ages to present, with emphasis on nineteenth and twentieth centuries and major actors and debates. S
WS 108. Rape (1)
An inquiry into the phenomenon of rape, myths about rape and rapists, treatment of rape victims, discussion of physical and psychological preparation for possibility of attack. Lecture, film, paper, speakers. An all-day workshop held on two consecutive Saturdays. FS
WS 109. Incest (1)
An exploration of the victim, the victimizer, and the family dynamics of incest, as well as the psychological and sociological implications of the family secret. An all-day workshop held on two consecutive Saturdays. S
WS 110. Representations of Women (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Interdisciplinary course focusing on representations of women; how representations vary by class, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation; and how these representations affect social, political, and economic behaviors and institutions. G.E. Multicultural/International MI. FS PS
WS 112. Assertiveness Training (1)
Women's special needs in becoming assertive; blocks preventing assertion and methods of getting around them. An all-day workshop held on two consecutive Saturdays. P
WS 114. Women in Family Contexts (3)
Women in diverse family settings; the gendered division of labor; domestic violence; female-headed households; power relations in families; diversity of race, class, and sexual orientation; and conflicting family ideologies in society.
WS 115. Women, Children, and Alcohol (1)
Covers impact of addiction on women and children using a systems perspective. S
WS 116. Domestic Violence (1)
An historical and cultural overview of the battered and battering spouse syndromes; the marriage contract as a license to abuse; the status of remedial legislation; and, the effect of parental battering on children. An all-day workshop held on two consecutive Saturdays. F
WS 120. Women of Color in the United States (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Examines the role and status of U.S. women of color within the larger social structure. Women in varying family structures and cultural settings will be examined, with an emphasis on how social systems shape the roles of women and affect larger U.S. institutions. G.E. Multicultural/International MI. FS
WS 125. Introduction to Lesbian/Gay Studies (3)
Introduction to theory, questions, and topics in interdisciplinary lesbian and gay studies. F odd
WS 126. Women and Violence: Public Policy and the Law (3)
(Same as CRIM 126.) Historical and contemporary issues in public policy responses to violence against women. Gender bias in the legal system and policing violence against women. Theory and research on problems in government policy and enforcement of the law. S
WS 127. Female Sexuality (3)
(See PH 126.)
WS 130. Women's Health (3)
(See PH 130.)
WS 132. Women and Work (3)
(See SOC 132.)
WS 135. Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective (3)
Prerequisites: G.E. Foundation and Breadth Area D. Examines economic, social, political, and cultural roles as well as current status of women in one or more of the following: China, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Africa, Middle East, and Latin America. Prepares students to function in an international, multicultural world. G.E. Multicultural/International MI. FS PS
WS 136T. Topics in International Women's Studies (3; max total 9)
Examines how global economic and cultural processes affect women. Investigates the interconnections between "first" and "third" worlds through topics such as international division of labor, work and gender ideologies, and women's organized resistance to changes in local economics. P
WS 137. African American Women (3)
(See AFRS 137.)
WS 143. Feminist Theory (3)
Review of major feminist theories of the twentieth century, analysis of assumptions underlying each, evaluation of strengths and weaknesses of each, and examination of relationship of various theories to various women's life experiences. F
WS 148. Women and Religion (3)
Seminar to explore many facets of women's religious experience, including history of women in institutional churches, theologies of liberation and oppression, women's religious experience, and feminist spirituality. P
WS 150T. Topics in Women's Studies (1-4; max total 12)
Topics of current interest in the women's movement, covering a wide variety of issues. (See Class Schedule for specific topics.) P
WS 151T. Topics in Lesbian/Gay Studies (1-3; max total 6)
Topics in lesbian and gay studies, drawing upon areas such as history, sociology, literature, psychology, or interdisciplinary fields. P
WS 152. The Chicano Family (3)
(See CLAS 152.)
WS 153. Feminist Research Methods (3)
Prerequisite: one course from WS 10, 103, 110, 120, 135, 143. Introduction to quantitative and qualitative research methods. Hands-on practice of designing and conducting a research project and writing a grant. F
WS 160. Feminist Issues in Counseling (3)
Prerequisite: WS 10 or permission of instructor. Evaluates counseling theories; individual and group counseling techniques; examines ethical issues and power structure in therapeutic settings; surveys community resources; and explores innovative and feminist perspectives concerning the effective treatment of women. P
WS 161T. Peer Education (1; max total 4; repeatable with different topics)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. May be taken up to four times if no topic repeated. Topics: sexual assault, sexual harassment, alcohol and drug abuse, or eating disorders. Students learn curriculum content, develop teaching and group facilitation skills, and make presentations to campus peer groups. CR/NC grading only.
WS 162. Community Service in Women's Studies
(1-3; max total 6)
Prerequisite: 9 hours of WS courses and permission of instructor and sponsoring agency. Individual experience relating student's classroom studies to experience in a women's community service agency. CR/NC grading only. (Minimum of 3 field hours per unit.) P
WS 163. Consciousness Raising:
Group Leader (1; max total 2)
Prerequisite: permission of instructor. Students learn skills in facilitating group discussion of women's issues through training and practicum. CR/NC grading only. P
WS 168T. Women and Literature (4)
(See ENGL 168T.)
WS 170. Women: Culture and Biology (3)
(See ANTH 170.)
WS 175. Seminar in Women's Studies (3)
Primarily for women's studies majors and minors. Prerequisite: 15 units in women's studies or permission of instructor. A synthesis of objective and subjective experience in women's studies. Culminating experience required. S
WS 176T. Genre Film: Form and Function (1-4; max total 8)
(See ENGL 176T.) P
WS 190. Independent Study (1-3; max total 6)
See Academic Placement -- Independent Study. Approved for RP grading. P
WS 194T. Seminar in Women and Literature
(4; max total 8; repeatable with different topics)
(See ENGL 194T.)