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


Department of Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies Major

1. Major requirements (36 units)
WGSS 10, WGSS 103, WGSS 143, WGSS 153, WGSS 172, WGSS 126 /CRIM 126 (18 units)

Approved electives (18 units)
Cluster 1, Intersectional Feminisms
WGSS 125, WGSS 137/AFRS 137, WGSS 138/ASAM 138, WGSS 139/CLAS 162, WGSS 151T, WGSS 178/ENGL 178
Cluster 2, Advanced Topics in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
WGSS 107/PLSI 107, WGSS 114, WGSS 127/PH 126, WGSS 132/SOC 132, WGSS 136T, WGSS 140, WGSS 160

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing.

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)*
*G.E. and MI courses can be double-counted with major requirements. 

Advising Notes

  1. The 18 units of electives must be selected from a list of approved courses available in the 
    Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program. At least one course must be selected 
    from each of the clusters listed under approved electives in the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Major.
  2. No more than 3 units may be selected from the 1-unit Saturday courses: WGSS 108, WGSS 109, WGSS 112, WGSS 116.
  3. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies major, except for courses offered only under CR/NC grading.
  4. Students whose primary major is Women’s, Gender, & Sexuality Studies should be 
    aware that any WGSS courses that are General Education courses may fulfill major and 
    minor elective and/or cluster requirements where appropriate.
  5. Majors are urged to fulfill the upper-division writing skills requirement during the first semester of their junior year. See Degree Requirements.
  6. Double Major in Women's, Gender, & Sexuality Studies (WGSS). Many students choose WGSS as a second major to complement their first, or primary, major. Double majors say their first major defines the field in which they work and WGSS gives them a special focus within that  field. WGSS 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 as WGSS as a double major should speak to an advisor in the WGSS program department as soon as possible.


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.

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