Graduate Coordinator: Mina Caulfield
Undergraduate Advisers: Chinosole, Inderpal Grewal
Associate Professors—Caulfield, Chinosole, Grewal
Lecturers—Hubbard, Keller, Mahaney, McPhail, Woo
Minor in Women Studies
M.A. in Women Studies
Courses which fulfill major requirements are offered by the Women Studies Department as well as by other departments. For Women Studies variant topic courses and focus-on-women courses in other departments, the Class Schedule must be consulted each semester.
In consultation with an adviser, each student will develop a major program utilizing both Women Studies and other departmental courses. The emphasis on choice of courses beyond the required core and to some extent within the core will depend upon the focus of the major and the student's career or graduate study objectives. Majors must confer with the department chair in the early stages of their B.A. work for referral to an appropriate adviser.
The Women Studies minor is an 18-unit sequence well-adapted for combination with many existing majors. The twelve units of requirements and stipulated electives and six units of free electives provide a grounding in feminist perspectives and theory, and the opportunity to acquire background on feminist issues in a number of given disciplinary fields (e.g., history, psychology, sociology, literature, ethnic studies, and so on). Students interested in pursuing this minor should see the Women Studies Chair who will direct them to the appropriate adviser.
The Master of Arts in Women Studies is cross-disciplinary, enabling students to combine core and elective courses in Women Studies with electives in other departments and programs across the campus. The program, focusing on international and U.S. women of color issues, enables students to pursue advanced study of the history, status, and contributions of women in different cultures, and of the relationships among feminist theories, social/global structures, and women's lives.
The M.A. in Women Studies enhances students' ability to participate professionally in a range of organizations in the public and private sector, particularly those addressing women's issues. It has also been a preparatory degree for students interested in teaching or in pursuing doctoral degrees in related fields.
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN WOMEN STUDIES
Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Women Studies discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).
The major requires at least 39 units, of which 30 must be at the upper division level. Eighteen units must be chosen from Women Studies core courses as follows:
Units WOMS 200 Women: The Basic Questions 3 WOMS 301 Women in Groups or WOMS 302 Translating Women's Experience or WOMS 303 Woman as Creative Agent 3 WOMS 400 Critical Analysis and Feminist Research 3 Any approved course focusing on third world women 3 Courses presently available: WOMS 290 Literature of U.S. Women of Color WOMS 544 Contemporary Asian Women Writers WOMS 561 Women of Color in the U.S. WOMS 562 History of African– American Women WOMS 564 Women Writers and Colonialism WOMS 565 Women in the Muslim and Arab Worlds AAS 603 Seminar on Asian American Women AIS 420 American Indian Women: A Heritage of Equality ETHS 571 Women, Class, and Race LARA 410 La Raza Women WOMS 611 Female Sexuality: Social and Theoretical Perspectives or WOMS 621 Feminist Thought 3 WOMS 698 Work Study in Feminist Projects 3 Electives in Women Studies, or focus-on-women courses in departments, or disciplinary courses to focus on a particular theme, issue, or set of skills based upon each student's academic interests and goals. Approval by a Women Studies adviser is mandatory. 21 Total 39
Units WOMS 200 Women: The Basic Questions 3 One of the following 3 WOMS 301 Women in Groups WOMS 302 Translating Women's Experience WOMS 303 Woman as Creative Agent WOMS 400 Critical Analysis and Feminist Research Any approved course focusing on third world women. (For courses pre- sently available, see listing under B.A. in Women Studies) 3 WOMS 611 Female Sexuality: Social and Theoretical Perspectives or WOMS 621 Feminist Thought 3 Electives in Women Studies or focus-on-women courses 6 Total 18
Applicants must provide the Graduate Admissions Committee with the following items: (1) transcripts of all previous course work; (2) a written statement of background, intentions, and goals, including experience in women studies and with women's issues, rationale for pursuing the M.A., and relation of the M.A. in Women Studies to prior academic work and to career objectives; (3) two letters of reference from individuals with direct knowledge of the applicant's scholarly ability. For Fall admission, applications are due March 31.
Courses for this discipline are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Women Studies discipline in the Announcement of Courses section).
Core Requirements Units WOMS 700 Introduction to Graduate Studies 3 WOMS 710 Women's Consciousness and Resistance in Cross-Cultural Perspectives I: Non-Western Societies 3 WOMS 711 Women's Consciousness and Resistance in Cross-Cultural Perspectives II: Western Societies 3 WOMS 712 Lesbians and Women-Identified Women: An International Perspective 3 WOMS 713 Issues in Feminist Theory 3 Total for core 15 One of the following on advisement 3 WOMS 750 Issues in Gender, Race, Class, and Sexuality WOMS 760 Issues in Women's Literature and Culture WOMS 770 Issues in Women and Public Policy One of the following on advisement 3 WOMS 894 Creative Work Project WOMS 895 Field Study Project WOMS 898 Master's Thesis Related Field Units (upon approval of major adviser) 9 Minimum total 30
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