(College of Letters and Science)
Maxine Craig, Ph.D., Department Chairperson
Department Office. 1200 Hart Hall; 530-752-6429; http://gsws.ucdavis.edu/
The Major Program
Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary major founded on the understanding that the social production of gender is inseparable from that of race, sexuality, class, nationality, ability and other categories of difference. Our curriculum places feminist concerns within a transnational
The Department. One of the most exciting and challenging aspects of the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Department is that students, in consultation with the peer and faculty advisors, can pursue their particular academic interests and design their course of study accordingly. In devising their major plan, students will draw on courses offered in African American and African Studies, American Studies, Anthropology, Asian American Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Comparative Literature, English, French, German and Italian Studies, History, Linguistics, Native American Studies, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Textiles and Clothing, and other related disciplines.
In addition to offering a broad array of courses that deal with gender, class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality, the Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Department affords interested students the opportunity to earn internship credit and conduct independent research as well as take advantage of the Honors Thesis option.
Students design a program of study in consultation with an adviser that is in accordance with their individual career goals. Many Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies majors find it advantageous to pursue a double major, or to minor in another field of study. Upon successful completion of the degree requirements, students majoring in the department will graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies.
Career Alternatives. A degree in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies opens many possibilities for future employment. The major introduces students to relevant social issues, fosters critical thinking, develops strong verbal, writing and research skills and encourages social advocacy.
Pre-professional students will discover that a major in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies offers useful preparatory training for medical or law school. It is particularly suitable for those interested in specializing in social policy, international development, social justice or gender-related work in a wide range of institutions and contexts. Students who plan to do practical work in counseling, clinical psychology, social services, education, media or politics will also find a major in Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies provides a strong foundation. Those who wish to pursue graduate level research in such fields as anthropology, comparative literature, cultural studies, economics, education, ethnic studies, English, film studies, history, languages and literatures, performance studies, philosophy, political science, and sociology will also benefit from a strong Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies undergraduate background in critical theory, social analysis, history and a sound understanding of cultural representation and narratives of difference.
Increasingly, media and cultural institutions, corporations, and personnel firms are hiring specialists in women and gender studies trained in understanding the complex cultural challenges and demands arising from diverse communities. State and federal agencies need people who have
Some of our alumni have developed careers other than those described above. Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies faculty and peer advisors can provide even more ideas about possible future careers. Doing internships related to coursework enables students to integrate theory with hands-on practice and service in the community.
Graduate Study. The Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies Department offers a designated emphasis in Feminist Theory and Research for students enrolled in the Ph.D. programs of fifteen other affiliated departments.
Major Advisor. All Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies majors and minors must consult with a faculty advisor, individually, at least once each academic year.