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Department of Critical Culture, Gender, & Race Studies Undergraduate Studies

Major in Women’s Studies

Women’s studies is an interdisciplinary field of research and teaching that places gender at the center of inquiry. Central to the consideration of gender are the ways class, race, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, age, and ability shape the female and male experience.

Students learn how gendered social roles affect personal lives, artistic expression, work, social relationships, institutional structures, the production of knowledge, and national and international political and economic relations.

Students are encouraged to:

  • Reevaluate assumptions.
  • Analyze the structures and systems controlling and shaping the lives of people of all genders.
  • Use knowledge in practical and meaningful ways.

Major Requirements

You may view a sample four-year plan for the women’s studies major in the WSU Catalog.

Core Courses (12 hours)
  • CES 201: Foundations of Comparative Ethnic Studies
  • W ST 201: Critical Frameworks in Gender Studies
  • W ST/CES/SOC 300: Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality
  • W ST/CES 489: Everyday Struggles for Justice and Equality
Sub-Core (6 hours)

Choose two (2) courses from:

  • W ST 332: Global Feminisms
  • W ST/CES 369: Queer Identities in Contemporary Cultures
  • W ST 406: Women and Work in Global Contexts
  • W ST 481: Theoretical Issues in Women’s Studies
  • W ST 484: Lesbian & Gay Studies OR
    W ST 485: Theoretical Issues in Lesbian & Gay Studies
Elective Courses (18 hours)

Six (6) elective courses are required for the women’s studies major, for a total of 18 credit hours. Elective choices must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Four (4) electives must be upper-division (300– and 400-level) courses.
  • Four (4) electives must be W ST courses.
  • One (1) elective must be a CES course; up to two (2) electives may be CES courses.
  • Courses cross-listed between CES and W ST may be counted as either a W ST or a CES elective course.
  • Sub-core course choices not counted toward the sub-core requirement may be used as electives.
  • Electives can be cross-listed with other departments.
Elective Choices
  • CES 111: Intro to Asian Pacific American Studies
  • W ST 120: Sex, Race, and Reproduction in Global Health
  • CES 131: Intro to Black Studies
  • CES 151: Intro to Chicano/a/Latino/a Studies
  • CES 171: Intro to Indigenous Studies
  • CES 209: Hip Hop around the Globe
  • W ST 211: Diverse Sexualities and Cultural Production
  • CES 220: Introduction to Multicultural Literature
  • W ST 220: Gender, Culture, and Science
  • CES 240: Global Indigenous Issues
  • CES 244: Critical Globalizations
  • CES 254: Comparative Latino/a Cultures
  • CES 255: Chicana/o History
  • CES 260: Race and Racism in U.S. Popular Culture
  • CES 271: Native American Music of North America
  • CES 280: Race and the Law in American History
  • CES 301: Race and Global Inequality
  • W ST 302/CES 305: Contemporary Masculinity and Men’s Issues
  • CES 308: Cultural Politics of Sports
  • W ST 308: Women Artists I
  • W ST 309: Women Writers
  • W ST 310: Women Artists II
  • CES 313: Asian/Pacific American Literatures
  • CES 314: Topics in Asian/Pacific American Literatures
  • W ST 317: Gay and Lesbian Literature
  • CES 325: Traveling Cultures: Tourism in Global Perspective
  • CES 331/ENGL 321: African American Literature
  • W ST 332: Global Feminisms
  • CES 332: Topics in African American Literature
  • CES 335: Black Freedom Struggle
  • W ST 336: History of Sexualities
  • CES 336: Black Popular Culture
  • CES 338: Cinematic Images of Blackness
  • W ST 338: Women and Popular Culture
  • W ST 340: Third World Women and Film
  • CES 353: Chicana/o – Latina/o Literature
  • CES 357: Chicana/os and Popular Culture
  • CES 358: U.S. Latino/as in Film
  • W ST 363: Women and Music
  • W ST 369/CES 309: Queer Identities in Contemporary Cultures
  • CES/W ST 372: Indigenous Women in Traditional and Contemporary Societies
  • CES 373: Native American Literature
  • CES 379: Indigenous Film
  • CES 380: Immigration and Citizenship in the Global Economy
  • W ST 403: Violence Toward Women
  • CES 405: Cultural Criticism and Theory
  • CES 406: Philosophy and Race
  • W ST 406: Women and Work in Global Contexts
  • CES 407: Race, Gender, and the Prison Industrial Complex
  • W ST/CES 411: Asian Pacific American Women
  • CES 413: Asian Pacific Americans and Popular Culture
  • CES 426: Workers across North America
  • CES 440: Social Justice and American Culture
  • CES 444: White Power Movements and Ideologies
  • CES 446: Racism and Anti-Racism in Global Context
  • W ST/CES 454: La Chicana in U.S. Society
  • W ST 460: Gender, Race, and Nature in American Culture
  • W ST 464: Gender and the Media
  • CES 465: Race, Science, and Society
  • CES 470: Indigenous Politics
  • AM ST 475: Digital Diversity
  • W ST 481: Theoretical Issues in Women’s Studies
  • W ST 484: Lesbian and Gay Studies
  • W ST 485: Theoretical Issues in Lesbian & Gay Studies
  • CES 491: Theories of Racism and Ethnic Conflicts

Women’s studies seeks to:

  • Provide students with a systematic knowledge of the multidisciplinary scholarship about gender and by women and other gender minorities.
  • Enhance the qualifications of students to work in today’s diverse workplaces.
  • Further university and societal goals of diversity and equity.
  • Work for social and institutional change.