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The Minor in Women's Studies

Course Requirements for the Minor: 18 units

The following courses, or their approved transfer equivalents, are required of all candidates for this minor.

Minor Core: 9 units

3 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
An introduction to the concepts, terminology, and issues in multicultural and gender studies, including exploration of America's multicultural history, gender as an element of culture, and contemporary issues in the field. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (002602)
This course explores the impact of cultural beliefs and practices on diverse women's lives. Readings, films, and lectures analyze women's challenges, struggles, and accomplishments. Specific topics include race and class, media images of women, the women's movement, work, motherhood, and sexuality. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (009621)
Prerequisites: WMST 170.
An examination of key feminist theories and their applications in feminist research and practice. Readings include historical and contemporary materials. (021549)

Breadth: 3 units

1 course selected from:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: CHST 157 or WMST 170.
Latina and Chicana women had been wielding power for centuries before feminism arrived, and now they are unstoppable. Find out how Xicana feminism challenged racism and sexism, how the activism of diverse Latinas has changed the landscapes of gender and ethnicity. Explore the complexities of Latina/Chicana power: political, social, spiritual, sexual, and artistic. 3 hours lecture. (021869)
An exploration of the thematic and stylistic elements of literature by women with an emphasis on the ways women's lives have been shaped by societal expectations with regard to gender roles, sexuality identify and expression, socio-economic status, and ethnic and/or religious identities. Readings may include life writing, short story, novel, drama, poetry, essays, and criticism by women from different cultures and periods. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. (021172)
This fully online course facilitates the study of intersecting systems of oppression and inequity - in particular socio-economic class, ethnicity, and gender - all of which impact access to basic needs, especially healthy food. The course provides a scholarly, theoretical context for individuals working with communities outside of the middle class. Students are guided in the application on concepts and idea in their personal lives and professional practice. 3 hours lecture. (021867)
Prerequisites: MCGS 155 or WMST 170 recommended.
An exploration of current scholarship in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer theories, issues, and communities. Grounded in feminist scholarship, the course examines LGBTQ identity construction and formation through media, politics, sex/sexuality, science, and the law. Specific focus will vary from semester to semester. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (009639)
Prerequisites: MCGS 155 or WMST 170 recommended.
An exploration of current scholarship in lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer theories, issues, and communities. Grounded in feminist scholarship, the course examines LGBTQ identity construction and formation through media, politics, sex/sexuality, science, and the law. Specific focus will vary from semester to semester. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. Formerly MCGS 310Z. (021360)
An exploration of how science and culture have affected people's understandings of gender and sexuality, in both Western and non-Western cultures, from ancient times to the present. 3 hours lecture. (005642)
This course is also offered as JOUR 211 .
The purpose of this course is to educate students to be informed consumers of media, to examine actual portrayals of women in the various media, and to explore how the media industry treats women. These objectives will result in a raised awareness of how both sexes can participate equally in the world around them. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (021252)
This is an interdisciplinary course which concentrates on the universal experiences of women around the world. The impact of international and domestic politics and culture on women, the role of women in economic development, equity issues, and women's role in the social movement are the centrality of the course. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. (021197)
This course is also offered as RELS 275W .
Analysis of the images, roles, and experiences of women in world religions in historical and contemporary contexts. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved Global Cultures course. Formerly WMST 275I. (021201)
This course is also offered as POLS 324W .
Analysis of the roles of women in politics; volunteer, candidate, elected official. Considers politics of the women's movement and women's issues. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved Writing Course. This is an approved General Education course. Formerly WMST 324I. (007491)
This cross-cultural study of women emphasizes changing constructions of gender and gender relations from the Paleolithic period to the contemporary. The course looks at depiction's of women in the United States as they are related to the historical imagery. 3 hours lecture. This is an approved General Education course. This is an approved US Diversity course. (000517)
This course is also offered as HCSV 368 .
This course represents an overview of health care issues faced by women throughout the life cycle. The course begins an examination of scientific inquiry and the study of disease in women. Then, using sociological, political, and behavioral sciences, the roles, rights, and responsibilities of women in the health care system are assessed. The course concludes with a biological review of the female body and specific health care problems common to women. This course encompasses a woman-centered philosophy which encourages women's active participation in their health care decisions. 3 hours discussion. This is an approved General Education course. (004381)
This course is also offered as POLS 426 .
In this class, students discuss how the criminal justice system and civil law affect women's lives and their experiences with the state. Students take a historical view on how women have made progress toward equality in the United States by using the legal system in a variety of ways and examine women's status as criminal justice professionals, victims, and perpetrators of crime and how the criminal justice system deals with women in these positions. 3 hours lecture. (007547)
Prerequisites: WMST 170 or WMST 300.
This course provides in-depth and advanced study of key feminist and gender theorists' analyses of pivotal issues in the intersections of race, class, and gender constructions, with a different focal topic chosen each semester. 3 hours lecture. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 6.0 units. (009640)
Prerequisites: RELS 375 or WMST 375.
A study of the development of feminist theology in Christian, Jewish, and other religious traditions over the past 30 years. Examines feminist theological analysis of religious symbols, texts, rituals, beliefs, and practices in the U.S. and international contexts. 3 hours seminar. (008199)

Minor Capstone: 6 units

2 courses required:

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
A seminar designed to complement the 120-hour fieldwork portion of your service/activism internship in the area of multicultural and/or gender studies. In order to pass this courses you must receive a review of at least "satisfactory" from your fieldwork supervisor. No more than 3 units may be counted toward the major or minor. You may take this course more than once for a maximum of 15.0 units. (005647)

Note: MCGS 489 must be taken for 3 units. This is a letter-graded internship.

SUBJ NUM Title Sustainable Units Semester Offered Course Flags
Prerequisite: Completion of GE Written Communication (A2) requirement.
Exploration of theory and extended research in the field of multicultural and gender studies leading to a public presentation. This course is designed as the capstone experience for multicultural and gender studies majors and minors. 3 hours seminar. This is an approved Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement course; a grade of C- or better certifies writing proficiency for majors. This is an approved Writing Course. Formerly MCGS 495. (002610)
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