Course Descriptions

WGS offers a range of general education, major, minor, elective, and graduate courses.

Additional program information available at SF State Bulletin

Undergraduate Courses

Historical development of institutions and ideals and the evolution of economic, political, and social processes in the U.S. since colonization; roles and status of women.

Units: 3
AI: United States History, GE D2: Social Sciences: U.S. History, SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Social Justice

U.S. political ideals, institutions, and processes; implications for gender-based contributions to public life.

Units: 3
AI: U.S. Government & CA State & Local Government, GE D3: Social Sciences: U.S. and California Govt., SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities

Introduction to origins, purpose, subject matter, and methods of women and gender studies and the feminist perspectives on a range of social issues affecting women.

Units: 3
GE E1: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development, GE D1: Social Sciences, SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives, SF State Studies: Social Justice

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Introduction to the feminist analysis of science, technology, medicine, and the environment, building scientific and cultural literacy necessary to address issues at the intersection of scientific inquiry and social justice.

Units: 3

Prerequisites: WGS 200, ENG 214 or equivalent with a grade of C- or better; restricted to WGS majors and minors.

Intersectional, transnational, transdisciplinary analysis of women and gender. Topics include U.S. women of color feminisms and contemporary social justice movements. (ABC/NC grading only) [Formerly WGS 201]

Units: 3
Meets Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Discussion of community as a concept, as well as specific communities that address women's or gender issues. Topics may include imagined communities, scholarly communities, community activism, coalition politics, and other forms of feminist affinity and networking.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 114.

Personal expression and self-definition through creative experience in various media: drawing, painting, photography, poetry, sculpture, and writing. Work of women artists, filmmakers, poets.

Units: 3
UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities, SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Social Justice

Prerequisite: ENG 214.

The question of representation; that is, the formation of culture in relation to women and gender. How women and gender are constructed, narrated, and represented in both written and visual cultures.

Units: 3
SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives, SF State Studies: Social Justice

Prerequisite for WGS 305: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Prerequisite for WGS 805: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.
Lecture series provides a sampling of feminist perspectives on scholarship, research, and activism including presentations, film screenings, and academic lectures on current theories and topics in the field of women and gender studies.
(WGS 305/WGS 805 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 305/805

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Women and gender: feminist knowledge, review of methodological problems, and the understanding of the importance of power relations in the formation of knowledge.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent, upper division standing, or consent of instructor.

Explores geographic frameworks linking gender and environment and examines how they have influenced the practice of development. Case studies from US, Latin America, Africa and Asia. Topics include global restructuring, gender-population-environment.
(This course is offered as GEOG 423 and WGS 423. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
GEOG 423/WGS 423

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

A comparative, inter-disciplinary, socio-historical analysis of Native sexualities and gender constructions from indigenous centered perspectives; examination of the complexity of Native sexualities, gender formations, and queer indigenous identity movements.
(This course is offered as AIS 440, SXS 440, and WGS 440. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
UD-D: Social Sciences, SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives, SF State Studies: Social Justice, AIS 440/SXS 440/WGS 440

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Gender and globalization: moving society toward borderless economies with barricaded borders. Latinas struggle for fair wages, self-determination, and healthy families. Women living in U.S. and Latin America adjusting to transnational reality.
(This course is offered as LTNS 445 [formerly RAZA 445] and WGS 445. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives, SF State Studies: Social Justice, LTNS 445/WGS 445

Prerequisite: Upper division standing.

Analytic modes, including feminist, psychoanalytic, and economic criticism, to assess both how women are represented in mass media and the status of women employed in mass media.
(This course is offered as BECA 485 and WGS 485. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities, SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Social Justice, BECA 485/WGS 485

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Introduction to the social organization of gender and sexuality in Latino communities; exploration of ways gender and sexuality are given specific cultural meaning among the pan-Latino population.
(This course is offered as LTNS 505 [formerly RAZA 505] and WGS 505. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
LTNS 505/WGS 505

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Psychological and physical violence visited upon vulnerable populations, particularly women. Topics include relations between gender, race, class, nation and violence; research, theories and controversies within feminist anti-violence movements.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Examination of literature, history, media, and theory, to analyze the gendered political, cultural and ideological stakes of war and militarism.

Units: 3
UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives, SF State Studies: Social Justice

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Incarceration of women and children in prisons, jails, juvenile and mental institutions. Treatment on the basis of race, class, and ethnicity; reforms or alternatives to incarceration.

Units: 3
UD-D: Social Sciences, SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives, SF State Studies: Social Justice

Prerequisite: English 214 or equivalent.

Examination of the mutually constitutive ways gender norms and racial knowledge are shaped; focus on the study of the history and politics of reproduction. Various state policies, programs, and laws aimed at controlling reproduction examined.

Units: 3
UD-D: Social Sciences, SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives

Prerequisite: English 214 or equivalent.

Using an interdisciplinary/transnational perspective, this course will examine how gender is understood through visual registers and how visual culture depends upon ideas about gender. Key authors, concepts and methodologies in the field of visual studies will be covered.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units when topics vary.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Film, literature, small group discussion/dynamics used to help women and men become better co-workers, parents, political allies, friends, lovers. Re-educates women and men of different cultures to new understandings of their interpersonal/social relations.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Study of feminist legal thought and analysis of the role law plays in maintaining or transforming gendered societies. Topics include family law, LGBT rights, and reproductive rights, affirmative action and equal protection laws, and law, culture, and international human rights.

Units: 3
UD-D: Social Sciences, SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Social Justice

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing or consent of instructor.

History of the changing roles of women in Latin America from the colonial period to the present.
(This course is offered as HIST 535, WGS 535, and LTNS 533 [formerly RAZA 533]. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
HIST 535/LTNS 533/WGS 535

Prerequisite: English 214 or equivalent.

Critical examination of the historical and political rise of women's human rights as a national policy issue. Analyzes the assumptions of how gender and race inform ideas of women's human rights and globalization.

Units: 3
UD-D: Social Sciences, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives, SF State Studies: Social Justice

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Relationship between women's literature and women's participation, as activists and theorists, in movements for progressive social change.

Units: 3
UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities, SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives, SF State Studies: Social Justice

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Focuses on how music can restate and resist notions of gender, race, sexuality and nationality. Music styles may include blues, jazz, folk, corridos, country, bhangra, disco, punk, rock, salsa and hip-hop. Analyzes popular music in the U. S. and internationally.

Units: 3
UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities, SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Exploration through novels, short fiction, and memoir the connections American women forge and the tensions they experience via encounters with self, family, Judaism, American society, and world history.
(This course is offered as JS 546, ENG 546, and WGS 546. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities, SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives, JS 546/ENG 546/WGS 546

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Literature by African American, Latina, Asian American, and Native American women. Literary forms, styles, images, and themes in relation to racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, and dailylife in the U.S.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent, or consent of instructor.

Queer literature and media productions from a feminist and transnational perspective; intersectional analysis of gender, race, class, sexuality, and citizenship to examine fiction, film, cultural and historical texts.
(This course is offered as WGS 551 and SXS 551. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
GE E1: Lifelong Learning and Self-Development, UD-C: Arts and/or Humanities, SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives, SF State Studies: Social Justice, WGS 551/SXS 551

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Examination of transgender and transsexual identities in cultural and historical contexts using a transnational feminist approach. Presents a challenge to Western gender binaries and analyzes gender through nation, race, sexuality, and class.

Units: 3
SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives, SF State Studies: Social Justice

Prerequisite for WGS 554: ENG 214 or equivalent and WGS 200.
Prerequisite for WGS 754: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.
Study of gender, migration, and labor. Causes, conditions, and challenges of displacement.
(WGS 554/WGS 754 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 554/754

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Themes include inter-raciality and multi-ethnicity in the history, culture, and contemporary lives of women of color, including African American, Native American, Asian American, and Latina women.

Units: 3
SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Social Justice

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Experiences of Black women under slavery; in their pioneering roles as industrial, domestic, and agricultural workers; and in their varied political, social, and educational roles from the 19th century to present.

Units: 3
UD-D: Social Sciences, SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Social Justice

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

How do gender and sexuality inform, enable or prevent people's relationship to different forms of mobility (migration, embodiment, detention) in a transnational world? Is mobility always positive? Course texts may include film, cultural studies, political and social theory, and history.

Units: 3

Prerequisite for WGS 564: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Prerequisite for WGS: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.
Literature by women writers which addresses histories of colonialism and/or imperialism. Emphasis on intersections of gendered policital, economic, and social transformations.
(WGS 564/WGS 764 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 564/764

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Examination of differences/similarities in women's lives in Muslim/Arab world, including diaspora in Europe and North America; minorities in Arab Middle East. Analysis includes issues of gender as relates to nationalism, religion, and culture.

Units: 3
SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Investigates implications of the project of modernity/modernization for gender and sexuality in the Muslim and Arab worlds. By interrogating dichotomies that oppose tradition to modernity, examines the multifaceted ways in which gender identities are produced historically.
(This course is offered as WGS 566 and RRS 566 [formerly ETHS 566]. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives, SF State Studies: Social Justice, WGS 566/RRS 566

Prerequisite for WGS 570: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Prerequisite for WGS 770: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.
Examination of a specific issue in public policy, its role in the formation of gender inequities, and its impact on the position of women in the economy.
(WGS 570/WGS 770 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 570/770

Prerequisite for WGS 571: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Prerequisite for GWS 771: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.
Understanding of globalization and its relation to poverty, work with a community organization concerned with these issues. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
(WGS 571/WGS 771 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 571/771

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Social, cultural, intellectual, political, and economic lives of women in China and Japan.
(This course is offered as HIST 575 and WGS 575. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
SF State Studies: Global Perspectives, HIST 575/WGS 575

Prerequisite for WGS 578: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Prerequisite for WGS 778: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.
Ecological issues concerning women and gender from a third world women's perspective: environmental racism and justice, ecology, health, development, and international human rights.
(WGS 578/WGS 778 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 578/778

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Draws on critical theory, science fiction, film, art, political action and new media to investigate how imagining and inhabiting "other worlds" such as utopias, dystopias, alternate histories, imagined futures, can inform feminist thought, political activism, and cultural production.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Emergence of "western medicine" as primary paradigm, and the consequences of socio-political formations to women's health. Emergence of "holistic" treatments, "traditional" medicine from indigenous and pre-colonial perspectives, and oppositional health practices emerging from environmental movements.

Units: 3
UD-D: Social Sciences, SF State Studies: Environmental Sustainability, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Ethnographic, physical, anthropological, and pre-historical materials on women. Theories on origins of the family, social structuring of sexuality, and changing sex and gender in modern societies.
(This course is offered as ANTH 590, CST 590, and WGS 595. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
ANTH 590/CST 590/WGS 595

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Analysis of how neoliberal service economies, particularly urban tourism, reconfigure and put to work race and gender meanings. Focus on the production of new modes of consumption including racialized tourist sites, cosmopolitan adventures, and gay weddings.
(WGS 601/WGS 801 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 601/801

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Relationship between cultural production and social change. Focus on cultural activism media through gender, sexuality, and other historical norms to assess feminist implications of their modes of resistance. (Plus-minus ABC/NC [undergraduate] or plus-minus AB/NC [graduate].) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
(WGS 602/WGS 802 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 602/802

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Relationship between female sexuality and its historical, social, and ideological contexts focusing on trends and issues in current feminist thought. Topics include critical race studies, lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender studies, transnational feminism, reproductive and non-reproductive sexualities.

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENG 214 or equivalent; WGS 200 or consent of instructor; WGS major/minor.

Examination of the field of queer theory: theoretical approaches to the history of sexuality, politics of normativity, race/sex intersections, links between queer theory and disability studies, transnational contexts, and native/settler/colonial politics. [Formerly WGS 512.]

Units: 3

Prerequisites: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Analysis of feminist theories and practices internationally and historically; examination of theories of gender, race, class, sexuality, identity, community, modernity, and nation. Study of methods, histories, and implications of feminist thought in various academic, cultural, and political contexts.

Units: 3
UD-D: Social Sciences, SF State Studies: Amer Ethnic & Racial Minorities, SF State Studies: Global Perspectives, SF State Studies: Social Justice

Prerequisite: Upper division standing; ENG 214 or equivalent.

Employs feminist science studies, critical race theory, and indigenous studies to analyze how the life sciences conceptualize, define, and study human differences. Considers how feminist insights into the social effects of genetics and biotechnology can influence scientific practice and discourse.
(This course is offered as WGS 681 and AIS 681. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
WGS 681/AIS 681

Prerequisites: WGS 200; WGS 201 or WGS 300GW; ENG 214 or equivalent.

Focuses on enabling students to evaluate their learning progress by creating a portfolio which includes writing a paper analyzing their work. Students collaborate to produce a publication. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

Units: 3

Prerequisite: Upper division standing or consent of instructor.

Supervised community or university service that relates to the women studies major, individual women studies courses, or the student's own major. May be repeated for a total of 9 units. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]

Units: 1 - 6

Prerequisite: ENG 114 or equivalent.

Special study in some aspect of feminism or women and gender studies, performed under department faculty supervision. Enrollment by petition. May be repeated for a total of 9 units.

Units: 1 - 6

Graduate Courses

Prerequisite: WGS MA admitted student.

Origins and current status of women and gender studies as a field of knowledge. Relationships between gender and epistemology; feminist critiques and transformations of research methodologies. Identification of major works and issues in feminist scholarship.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.

Social stratification and the state; political marginalization of women. Egalitarianism in the legacy of women's participation in society. Colonial transformations and the politics/culture of resistance. Turning points in women's activism. Impact of race/class inequities.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.

Examination of queer theory from a transnational feminist approach; production of sexuality within western epistemology; politics of sexual deviance and the racialization of sexual identities from socio-economic and cultural perspectives.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: WGS 700 (may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor.

Specific issues, topics, or theoretical tendencies in current feminist discussion and debate; implications of theory for social practice.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.

Examines feminist critical education theories and praxis with a transnational lens. Topics may include history of the University and gender tactics of colonialism; intersectional analysis of disability studies; theory/praxis debates; pedagogies of the oppressed; and teaching transgression. (Plus-minus letter grade only.)

Units: 3

Prerequisite: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.

Diverse feminist theoretical and critical approaches in social contexts; canons; female aesthetics; social, linguistic, and psychoanalytic approaches.
(This course is offered as WGS 747 and ENG 747. Students may not repeat the course under an alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
WGS 747/ENG 747

Prerequisite: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.

Considers the "difference politics" that emerged out of the 1960s and 1970s Civil Rights and women's movement activisms. Explores how these politics frame understanding of difference and justice; intersectionality, pluralism, multiculturalism, and post-racialism.

Units: 3

Prerequisite for WGS 554: ENG 214 or equivalent and WGS 200.
Prerequisite for WGS 754: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.
Study of gender, migration, and labor. Causes, conditions, and challenges of displacement.
(WGS 554/WGS 754 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 554/754

Prerequisite: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.

Topic to be specified in Class Schedule. May be repeated for a maximum of 9 units when topics vary.

Units: 3

Prerequisite: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.

Transnational examination of the role of work in women's lives. Focus on historical, literary, and ethnographic narratives of survival strategies, protest, and labor organizing from nineteenth-century to present.

Units: 3

Prerequisite for WGS 564: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Prerequisite for WGS: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.
Literature by women writers which addresses histories of colonialism and/or imperialism. Emphasis on intersections of gendered policital, economic, and social transformations.
(WGS 564/WGS 764 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 564/764

Prerequisite: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.

Investigates implications of the project of modernity/modernization for gender and sexuality in the Muslim and Arab worlds. By interrogating dichotomies that oppose tradition to modernity, examines the multifacited ways in which gender identities are produced historically.

Units: 3

Prerequisite for WGS 570: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Prerequisite for WGS 770: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.
Examination of a specific issue in public policy, its role in the formation of gender inequities, and its impact on the position of women in the economy.
(WGS 570/WGS 770 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 570/770

Prerequisite for WGS 571: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Prerequisite for GWS 771: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.
Understanding of globalization and its relation to poverty, work with a community organization concerned with these issues. [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
(WGS 571/WGS 771 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 571/771

Prerequisite: Graduate standing or consent of instructor.

Examination of the cultural politics of representations of sexuality in visual culture and the arts, with emphasis on how such representations are produced in relationship to race, class, gender, and nation. (Plus-minus letter grade only)
(This course is offered as SXS 772 and WGS 772, and may not be repeated under the alternate prefix.)

Units: 3
SXS 772/WGS 772

Prerequisite for WGS 578: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Prerequisite for WGS 778: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.
Ecological issues concerning women and gender from a third world women's perspective: environmental racism and justice, ecology, health, development, and international human rights.
(WGS 578/WGS 778 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 578/778

Prerequisites: WGS 700 (may be taken concurrently) or consent of instructor.

Supervised volunteer community service learning; course materials include analysis of gendered politics of volunteer labor, the nonprofit industrial complex, theory/practice binary, local/global contexts, feminist transnational analysis. May be repeated for a total of 4 units.

Units: 1 - 4

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Analysis of how neoliberal service economies, particularly urban tourism, reconfigure and put to work race and gender meanings. Focus on the production of new modes of consumption including racialized tourist sites, cosmopolitan adventures, and gay weddings.
(WGS 601/WGS 801 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 601/801

Prerequisite: ENG 214 or equivalent.

Relationship between cultural production and social change. Focus on cultural activism media through gender, sexuality, and other historical norms to assess feminist implications of their modes of resistance. (Plus-minus ABC/NC [undergraduate] or plus-minus AB/NC [graduate].) [CSL may be available; consult index for page reference.]
(WGS 602/WGS 802 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 602/802

Prerequisite for WGS 305: ENG 214 or equivalent.
Prerequisite for WGS 805: WGS 700 or consent of instructor.
Lecture series provides a sampling of feminist perspectives on scholarship, research, and activism including presentations, film screenings, and academic lectures on current theories and topics in the field of women and gender studies.
(WGS 305/WGS 805 is a paired course offering. Students who complete the course at one level may not repeat the course at the other level.)

Units: 3
WGS 305/805

Prerequisites: Graduate standing; WGS 700; or consent of instructor.

Social research and feminism. Analyze research studies, develop skills, and develop their master's projects. (Plus-minus letter grade only)

Units: 3

Prequisites: WGS 700, approval of the graduate major advisor, and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.
An original creative work. Projects must be described in a written document that summarizes the project's relation to other work in the area, its rationale, its significance, and its creative methodologies. ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only)

Units: 3

Prerequisites: WGS 700, approval of the graduate major advisor, and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.

A field study or applied research project resulting in a completed written work that includes the project's significance, objectives, methodology, and conclusions or recommendations. ATC and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only.)

Units: 3

Prerequisites: WGS 700, approval of graduate major advisor, and approval of Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Culminating Experience (CE) forms by Graduate Studies.

Intensive study of a topic or issue within the field of women and gender studies, culminating in a written thesis showing independent thinking, appropriate methodology and organization, clarity of purpose, thorough documentation, and relevant conclusions. Advancement to Candidacy (ATC) and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration. (CR/NC grading only)

Units: 3

Prerequisites: Consent of the graduate major adviser and the supervising faculty member.

Study is planned, developed, and completed under the direction of a member of the department faculty. Open only to graduate students who have demonstrated ability to do independent work. Enrollment is by petition. May be repeated for a total of 6 units.

Units: 1 - 4