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Bachelor of Arts Degree Women's Studies Major

CSUSM Requirements
Courses Hours
General Education 51 hours
Preparation for WMST Major    3 hours
Major Requirements 36-38 hours
Electives* 20-22 hours

Total: 120 hours

*Students must take a sufficient number of elective units to bring the total number of units to a minimum of 120.

WOMEN'S STUDIES REQUIREMENTS [39 units]

Preperation For the Major (3 units)
Course Description Units
WMST 101  Introduction to Women's Studies (also satisfies a lower-division GE requirement) 3
WMST CORE (9 units)
Course Description Units
WMST 301 Race, Class, and Gender in Contemporary Societies 3
WMST 490 Feminist Perspectives: Theory and Research 3
WMST 401 Seminar in Women's Studies* 3
WMST 499 Femininst Perspectives: Theories & Research* 3


*Students may choose between WMST 401 or WMST 499

DISCIPLINARY PERSPECTIVES (15-17 units)

Choose one course from each area. A maximum of three (3) units of the Disciplinary Perspectives may be completed at the lower-division level.

A. Women and Tradition (3)
Select one course:
Course Units
WMST 325 3
WMST 350 3
WMST 445 3
ECON 445 3
HIST 316 3
HIST 327 3
HIST 332 3
HIST 355 3
HIST 367 3
HIST 383 3
HIST 384 3
ID 340 3
ID 340B 3
MATH 304 3
PSCI 445 3
SOC 353 3
B. Women and the Arts (3)
Select one course:
Course Units
WMST 205 3
WMST 323 3
WMST 325 3
WMST 450 3
LING 381 3
LTWR 330** 3
LTWR 331** 3
LTWR 333** 3
LTWR 334** 3
LTWR 400** 3
LTWR 410** 3
LTWR 420** 3
LTWR 430** 3
SPAN 410A-Z** 3
SPAN 415 3
SPAN 422S** 3
TA 323** 3
VSAR 322 3
VSAR 326 3
VSAR 420* 3

**The course must focus on women, and written approval from the Women's Studies Chair is required

C. Women and Contemporary Issues (3-4)
Select one course:
Course Units
WMST 205  3
WMST 303 3
WMST 320 3
WMST 321 3
WMST 323 3
WMST 341 3
WMST 350 3
WMST 370 3
WMST 375 3
WMST 407 3
WMST 416 3
WMST 424 3
WMST 445 3
WMST 450 3
COMM 435 3
ECON 341 3
ECON 445 3
PSCI 391 3
PSCI 445 3
PSYC 350 3
PSCI 356 3
PSCI 356 3
SOC 303 3
SOC 305 3
SOC 306 3
SOC 315 3
SOC 337 3
SOC 437 3
D. Women and the Body (3)
Select one course:
Course Units
WMST 323   3
WMST 407 3
WMST 416 3
WMST 424 3
BIOL 327 3
PSYC 350  3
PSYC 352 3
SOC 307 3
SOC 417 3
SOC 419 3
SOC 424 3
E. Women and International Perspectives (3-4)
Select one course:
WMST 330 HIST 327
WMST 370 HIST 355
WMST 375 HIST 367
WMST 445 HIST 384
WMST 450 PSCI 445
ECON 445 SOC 315

Major Electives (12 units)

Choose four classes from approved disciplinary perspective courses listed above in areas “A” through “E” or from among the following courses (a maximum of three (3) units of the Electives requirement may be completed at the lower-division level):

  • WMST 300 (3)
  • WMST 398 (3)
  • WMST 401 (3)
  • WMST 495 (3)
  • WMST 499 (3)

Important Documents:

The program of studies for a B.A. in Women’s Studies requires a minimum of 39 units of course work: 

  • 3 units of lower-division preparation for the major
  • 9 units of core courses
  • 15 units of Disciplinary Perspectives courses
  • and 12 units of electives

A minimum of twelve (12) units must be completed at CSU San Marcos. All non-articulated transfer courses must be reviewed and approved by a faculty advisor.