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The Minor in Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary course of study administrated by the Department of Sociology and Global Center for Women & Justice. The minor is designed to provide students with a theoretical and practical overview of the study of women and women’s issues in society, and will include course work in the social sciences, religion, literature, history, and communications.

The minor requires a total of 21 units: six units in women’s studies and 15 elective units. In completing the requirements for the minor, a minimum of 12 units must be distinct and different from the units used to complete the requirements of a major. Any units above this minimum requirement which can be used to satisfy both the requirements for the minor and for the major may be double counted. General education courses, however, may be used to meet minor requirements, not to exceed nine units.

Click here for a Women’s Studies Minor Application. Please return to the Global Center for Women and Justice (Heath 218).


What will YOU do with a Women’s Studies minor?

Alumni achievements include:

- Undercover ICE Agent for the Department of Homeland Security, anti-trafficking unit

- Congressional Recognition for leadership with the Live2Free student mobilization team

- Student research drove demand for fair-trade and slave-free products in local stores in Orange County

- Working on global women’s issues in The Republic of Congo and Nepal


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Requirements for a Minor in Women’s Studies:

WMST 110 Introduction to Women’s Studies: 2 units
WMST 210 Justice Conference in Women’s Studies: 1 unit
WMST 410 Research in Women’s Studies: 3 units
Electives (Any combination of courses listed below): 15 units

TOTAL: 21 units

Electives: (3 units each)

ANTH/SOC 334 Gender, Culture, and Society
COMM 374 Gender Communication
ENGL 335 Genre Focus
ENGL 425 Author Focus
ENGL 444 Culture Focus
ENGL 325 Period Focus
HIST 360 Women in American History
NT/OT/THEO 482 Biblical Theology of Love, Sex, Marriage, and Family
OT470 Special Topic: Women/Early Israel
PLST/THEO 432 Women in Ministry
PSYC/SOC 335 Social and Psychological Aspects of Aging
ANTH/PSYC/SOC 346 Human Sexuality
SOC 332 Marriage and the Family
SOC 345/PSYC 344 Family Violence
SOC/ANTH 343 Class, Race, Ethnicity and Gender
WMST 345 Human Trafficking
WMST 370 Topics in Women’s Studies
WMST 450 GCWJ Internship (1-3 units)


For Spring 2016 courses that go toward the minor, Click Here.

Women’s Studies Course Descriptions:

WMST 110  Introduction to Women’s Studies (2 units)
An introductory course to the study of women and contemporary gender issues in society. This course will focus on such issues as the necessity for the study of women, gender as a cultural construct, theological interpretations of the gender, and gender as perceived in history and literature. This course is part of the core requirement for a minor in Women’s Studies.

WMST 212  Conference in Women’s Studies (1 unit)
Students are required to attend one conference sponsored by the Global Center for Women and Justice. A faculty member in the discipline covered by the conference theme will determine course work. May be repeated for credit.

WMST 370 Topics in Women’s Studies
(1-3 units)
Prerequisite: WMST 110. This course concentrates on a particular issue relevant to Women’s Studies students such as gender theory, gender pedagogy, women’s health, women and human trafficking, women in business, or motherhood. May be repeated for credit.
Women Launching Careers

WMST 345 • Human Trafficking (3 units)
This course addresses trafficking based on the US State Department model of Prevention, Protection, and Prosecution. Explores how trafficking happens, why it happens, and what can be done about it. For students interested in combating human trafficking, this course offers a better understanding of professional career choices, as well as volunteer opportunities. The course includes guest speakers with in-depth knowledge and experience in the field from law enforcement and victim services. Counts as an elective towards Women’s Studies Minor.

WMST 410  Research in Women’s Studies (3 units)
Prerequisite: WMST 110 & WMST 210. This course is designed to assist the student in integrating the multi-faceted aspects of women’s issues into a final paper. Working in cooperation with the professor, the student will design and methodically research and write a major paper that reflects an advanced understanding of women in the context of the chosen subject area. Papers from this class will be presented in a public colloquium toward the end of the semester and submitted for publication.

WMST 450 • GCWJ Internship (1-3 units)
Prerequisite: Must be on the WMST Minor Track. Students select an internship from the repertoire of projects the Global Center for Women and Justice is currently working on. Students may alternatively choose an internship with one of GCWJ’s partner organizations. Students earn one course of credit for every 30 hours of interning. Course credit also requires short readings and reflection papers. May be repeated once.

WMST 470-01 Special Topic: Human Trafficking Aftercare

An examination of the physical, psychological, and spiritual needs of victims in the restoration process.

WMST370 Topics in Women’s Studies: Child Sex Trafficking (Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children)

This course is an introduction to the study of Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children. This course will be organized around Prevention, Early Intervention, and Recovery. Theories of child development, prevention, violence, trauma, stages of change and resiliency will be useful to individuals who plan careers in areas such as elementary and secondary education, social services, child welfare,  and juvenile justice. A primary focus of this course will be identify strategies for early intervention with at risk and vulnerable youth.

* This information is provided for ease of use, however it is not the official record. See the academic catalog for official course descriptions and requirements.