Women, Gender, and Queer Studies Courses

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID SJS 120

This course introduces students to the study of women and gender, from an intersectional perspective. The course provides an overview of the “waves” of women’s rights movements in U.S. history and debates about women’s roles in society. With this grounding in a variety of feminist discourses, students have the opportunity to explore contemporary women’s rights issues in both local and global contexts. Topics include: the social construc-tion of gender, race, class, sexualities, and disabilities in different cultures; women’s sexualities and gender identities; health and reproductive issues; family structures; violence against women; the economics of women’s labor, paid and unpaid; education, political activism and social justice. All genders are equally welcome in this course. Pass/No Pass Option

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course introduces students to the study of women’s creative work in literature, the visual arts, and the performing arts, and feminist art. The course presents an overview of new theories and methods of scholarship, including the use of gender, race, culture, and class as lenses of analysis. Students have opportunities to examine how this new scholarship is changing appraisals of women’s contributions to the arts. Pass/No Pass Option

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

C-ID SJS 130

This course introduces concepts and research in the fields of Gender and Queer Studies. Students have the opportunity to conceptualize gender and sexuality as fluid and using an intersectional, social justice-focused approach to identity, study gender and queer theory, and examine cultural norms and social expectations about behavior associated with various sex and gender categories from a variety of societies and historical periods. The course presents cross-cultural and historical perspectives on a continuum of sex and gender identities and sexualities, with a focus on LGBTQ+ identities and their social construction over time. Students analyze legal and social issues in contexts of sex, gender, sexuality, and other intersectional identity categories such as race, ethnicity, class, ability, age, nation of origin, and documentation, language, and housing status. Pass/No Pass Option

3 units: lecture 3 units; lab 0 units

Acceptable for credit: University of California, California State University

This course introduces women’s contributions to cultures around the world from prehistory to 1500 CE. Drawing on primary sources, the course illuminates the lives and work of women writers, artists, philosophers, and political leaders from Africa, Asia, Europe, Oceania, and the Americas. Focusing on women’s work in the humanities—literature, philosophy, visual arts and performing arts—the course highlights societies and eras in which women’s agency, autonomy, and creative accomplishments were particularly strong. Students have the opportunity to analyze cultural factors that supported or inhibited this creativity, including ideas about gender embedded in religions, mythologies, social philosophies, and political institutions. Pass/No Pass Option

To make knowledge of new scholarship on women available to students, many departments have developed special emphasis sections of general education courses. Listed along with the traditional sections in the Schedule of Classes, these Women, Gender, and Queer Studies sections will have a special notation calling attention to their unique approach. Students will learn fundamental principles as they gain knowledge about gender, race, and class—issues that are often ignored in traditionally taught courses. Students should read the Schedule of Classes carefully to ensure that they enroll in the section appropriate for their interest.

Courses offered with a Women, Gender, and Queer Studies focus may include the following:

Course Number Course Title
COUN 24 Personal Growth: Gender Studies Emphasis
ENGL 1A English Composition: Women’s Studies Emphasis
ENGL 1B English Composition: Literature by Women of Color
ENGL 1C Clear Thinking in Writing: Gender Studies Emphasis
ENGL 41 Literature and Film
ENGL 43 Classical Mythology
ENGL 43H Honors Classical Mythology
ENGL 46 Contemporary Multicultural Literature: Women’s Studies Emphasis
ENGL 46H Honors Contemporary Multicultural Literature: Women’s Studies Emphasis
ENGL 49 Modern Fiction
ENGL 49H Honors Modern Fiction
Last Updated 6/30/20