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Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, B.A.

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SBSB 4240


(760) 750-4108

Department Chair:

Jodie Lawston, Ph.D.

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Program of Study

The field of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies has become an important part of university education in the last four decades. Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies focuses on the social construction of gender and sexuality and explores the roles and contributions of women and men in societies around the world, past and present. Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies also seeks to understand how gender and sexuality are related to other aspects of social identity and stratification, including race, ethnicity, culture, social class, nationality, religion, ability, and other factors that have dramatically shaped women’s and men’s lives.

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies students receive a quality liberal arts education. They learn about a wide range of academic approaches that have emerged in such diverse areas as literature, psychology, economics, the sciences, sociology, history, anthropology, the arts, communication, and many others.

Women’s Studies, Gender, and Sexuality Studies students develop important skills in:

  • Leadership
  • Analytical thinking and problem solving
  • Writing proficiency and expertise
  • Applied learning
  • Community involvement
  • Public speaking
  • Collaborative work with others
  • A deeper understanding of diverse perspectives and cultural backgrounds

Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors pursue careers or graduate education in many different fields, including the law, education, social services, business, counseling, the arts, public administration, and medicine.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Students who graduate with a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies will be able to:

  1. Analyze critically the historical and present-day construction of gender and sexuality.
  2. Recognize and explain women’s roles in and contributions to the economy, politics, the arts, culture, and society in the United States and around the world.
  3. Integrate the analysis of race and ethnicity, class, sexual identities, culture, religion, disabilities, and geography into explanations of women, gender and power relations in the contemporary world.

Special Conditions for the Bachelor of Arts in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

All courses counted toward the Minor and the Major, including Preparation for the Major, must be completed with a grade of C (2.0) or better.

General Education (48 Units)

General Education Requirements  

Language Proficiency (0-9 Units)

All Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors must meet a second-language proficiency requirement. This is satisfied with a 200-level class or demonstrating proficiency in a language other than English. For details on how to satisfy this requirement, please refer to Language Proficiency Requirement  .

Breadth Requirement (3 Units)

Additional course in Upper Division Social Sciences (DD designated) outside the major. This requirement can also count as the DD requirement in Upper Division General Education, but it must be taken in a Social Science or Interdisciplinary program other than Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.  Any course carrying the DD designation outside of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies can be used to fulfill this requirement. If students choose to satisfy their UDGE DD with a course outside the major, the breadth requirement will become 3 free elective units.

Major Requirements (42 Units)

Disciplinary Perspectives (12 Units)

Choose four courses. At most, three (3) units of the Disciplinary Perspectives requirement may be completed at the lower-division level.

Additional Electives (12 Units)

Choose four courses. At most, three (3) units of the Additional Electives requirement may be completed at the lower-division level.

Minimum Total (120 Units)

Students must take a sufficient number of elective units to bring the total number of units to a minimum of 120

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