Undergraduate Studies

Major in Women and Gender Studies

Women and gender studies examines the importance of gender and feminisms in relation to issues such as race, class, sexuality, labor, colonialism, multiculturalism and globalization. Students study how bodies, families, communities and nations are gendered in specific cultural, political and historical locations, and investigate connections to their own lives, roles and contributions.

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Minor in Women and Gender Studies

The Women and Gender Studies minor is an 18-unit sequence well-adapted for combination with many existing majors. The nine units of requirements, six units of stipulated electives and three units of free electives provide a grounding in feminist perspectives and theory. It also provides an opportunity to acquire backfround on feminist issues in a number of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields (e.g., history, psychology, sociology, literature, cultural studies).

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Undergraduate Career Options

Career options for majors and minors


More than 50 Bay Area-based nonprofit social justice and arts organizations offer internships to Women and Gender Studies majors.

Women and Gender Studies Publications

Publications are created each semester by the students in WGS 690, which is our senior seminar for Women and Gender Studies majors.