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2019-2020 Course Catalog

Required for the major in gender studies

Students who major in gender studies will be able to describe scholarly debates over definitions of gender and explain why gender studies emphasizes the culturally constructed nature of gender. They will articulate a variety of disciplinary perspectives on gender and demonstrate familiarity with a range of theoretical models in gender studies, and they will apply one or more theoretical models in gender studies to an original scholarly inquiry.

The major in gender studies requires:

  1. Two core courses:
    1. GEST 100 Introduction to Gender Studies
    2. GEST 240 Methods in Gender Studies
  2. Either GEST 300 Queer Theory or GEST 301 Intersectional Feminist Theories
  3. One course from ANTH/HIST category (GEST 110: Gender and Feminism in Historical Perspective or GEST 350: Anthropology of Gender)
  4. One course from PSYC/BIOL category (GEST 180: The Biology of Human Reproduction or GEST 270: The Psychology of Gender)
  5. One GEST lower-level course (100/200 level)
  6. Four additional 6-unit courses cross-listed in GEST or with approval of advisor; at least one must by at level 400 or above
  7. A 600-level senior capstone project OR large project in a comparable course as a Senior Experience
  8. No more than 6 units of independent study may be substituted for one course

Senior Experience in gender studies

Students majoring in gender studies will enroll in a Senior Experience that is approved by the gender studies advisory board and mentored by a gender studies faculty member.

The Senior Experience will be at least one term, but may be more depending on the route the student pursues. The experience may be an independent study, an internship/practicum accompanied by an independent study, or an approved project in an advanced course. The Senior Experience will culminate in a senior thesis about the project, and an oral presentation of the student's work. A variety of artistic or research projects, interdisciplinary projects, and projects based on social service or activist initiatives may be appropriate Senior Experiences, but must be approved in consultation with the student's advisor and the advisory board.

Students interested in pursuing an interdisciplinary capstone that integrates their interests in gender studies with another major or student teaching, are strongly encouraged to consult with their advisors and relevant department chairs to plan and negotiate their overall Senior Experience as early as possible.

Required for the minor in gender studies

  1. Two core courses:
    1. GEST 100 Introduction to Gender Studies
    2. GEST 240 Methods in Gender Studies
  2. Either GEST 300 Queer Theory or GEST 301 Intersectional Feminist Theories
  3. Three additional 6-unit courses with gender content:
    1. Two must be cross-listed in GEST, and one may be a GEST-component course (requires advisor and instructor approval)
    2. At least two of the courses must be 200-level or above
    3. Six units of independent study may be substituted for one course

Courses cross-listed in gender studies will count toward completion of the minor whether students register for them using the program's designation (GEST) or an individual department's designation.