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Women, Gender, and Sexuality


Requirements for the Major in Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Number of Units
Eight units are required

Required Courses
The following four courses are required of all Women, Gender, and Sexuality majors:
WGS 101 Women, Gender, and Sexuality
WGS/POLS 265 Feminist Political Theories
WGS 390 Feminist and Queer Inquiries
WGS 490 Seminar in Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Elective Courses
Four elective courses representing at least two divisions:

Fine Arts
ARTX 290 Art and Gender

AFST/HIST 272 Gender Relations in Africa
CLAS/HIST 230 Women in Classical Antiquity
ENGL 224 Early Modern Women's Literature: Shakespeare's Sisters
ENGL 225 19th Century Women's Literature: The Epic Age
ENGL 226 Women's Literature 1900-Present: Modern Voices
HIST 220 American Women's History to 1870
HIST 221 American Women's History Since 1870
HIST 237 Women in Europe
HIST 238 Gender and Sexuality in Pre-Modern Europe
HIST/RELG 267 Women and Judaism
PHIL 311 Postmodern Critical Theory 
RELG 202 Same-Sex, Gender, and Religion
RELG 210 Sex and the Bible

Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures
JAPN 236 Premodern Japanese Literature in Translation
JAPN 250 Manga/Anime and Gender in Modern Japan

Social Science
ANSO 120 The Family
ANSO 225 Sex and Sexualities
PSYC 270 Feminist Psychology of Women
PSYC 465 Advanced Psychology of Sexuality
POLS 310 Women, States, and NGO's
POLS/SEMN 406 Male Violence Against Women

Requirements for the Concentration in Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Number of Units
Six units are required.

Required Courses
The following three courses are required of all Women, Gender, and Sexuality concentrators:
POLS 265 Feminist Political Theories or WGS 390 Feminist and Queer Inquiries
WGS 101 Women, Gender, and Sexuality
WGS 490 Seminar in Women, Gender, and Sexuality

Elective Courses
Three elective courses chosen from the approved list above.

In the major and concentration, required courses are designed to introduce students to fundamental concepts and issues in Women, Gender, and Sexuality through the lens of disciplines representing the arts, the humanities, and the social sciences. Through this core, students should begin to see parallels between disciplines, to develop a basic vocabulary in the field of WGS, and to become familiar with major works, thinkers, and directions in the field.

Other, one-time course offerings may be counted as a core course only with the approval of the director. Courses taken overseas and at other U.S. colleges may meet major or concentration requirements with the approval of the director.

Senior Individualized Project (SIP)

The SIP in Women, Gender, and Sexuality is encouraged but not required. Any faculty member regularly teaching in the Women, Gender, and Sexuality program may direct a SIP in Women, Gender, and Sexuality.

Juniors planning to write a SIP in WGS are required to enroll in WGS 390: Feminist and Queer Inquiries.

Various resources exist to fund SIP research. A couple to consider are Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership Fund and CIP Grants for Student Projects Abroad.

Procedure for Approval

  1. Enroll in WGS 390: Feminist and Queer Inquiries in your Junior Spring term. Discuss your plans to write a SIP in WGS with your proposed SIP advisor or with the WGS program director, who may recommend an appropriate advisor.
  2. Revise your SIP proposal on the basis of your advisor's recommendations and submit it for signatures by the end of Week Eight of Spring term. The SIP proposal should be signed by the student and advisor and be delivered to the WGS program director. (Remember you must also register for the SIP with the Registrar).
  3. Keep in mind that this is a provisional plan, and while we expect you to stick to your outline and schedule of research, we do recognize that your hypothesis and sources are a bit tentative. If your research takes a substantially different track than that proposed in your proposal, please contact your advisor immediate to get his or her advice.


A thesis or research SIP might be comprised of 2-4 parts/sections/chapters, an introduction and conclusion, or some organizational equivalent. The student may make use of Internet source materials but not exclusively. The number of required bibliographic citations will be determined by the SIP advisor in consultation with the student. Guidelines: 1 unit: 30-50 pages of writing, excluding bibliographic materials; 2 units: 51-80 pages excluding bibliographical material.

Criteria for evaluation of other kinds of SIPs should be established in advance with the SIP advisor(s) and the WGS director.


The SIP is read and evaluated by the SIP advisor, according to the criteria set and agreed upon by the SIP advisor and the student, and on the basis of the student's success in meeting deadlines, completing revisions, and producing a competent piece of work.

If the SIP advisor would like to recommend the SIP for Honors, another member of the WGS program or occasionally a faculty member outside the program reads it. If that faculty member agrees, then the SIP is awarded Honors. One and two unit SIPs are eligible for consideration for honors.

Submission Requirements

For all SIPs, the final copy (i.e., no more revisions) is due to the SIP advisor no later than Friday of the second week of the term following the SIP quarter. For Summer SIPs, this means the second week of Fall quarter, even though Summer SIPs appear with the Fall registration. Students are expected to be completely finished with all work associated with the SIP by the time, with the possible exception of departmental symposia in later terms.

The time lag between students turning in complete SIPs and faculty deadlines for turning in grades should not be interpreted as extra time for students to make revisions to the SIP. Work on the SIP in a quarter in which the student is not registered for the SIP credit is considered an "invisible overload" for the students and is against College Policy.