Women's Studies

Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and transnational discipline rooted in feminist theory and shaped by the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences, as well as movements for social justice. It places women's lives at the center of its attention, examining the experience of women through the lens of gender, and attending to ways gender intersects with other social categories such as race, class, nationality/ethnicity and sexuality. Women's Studies challenges patriarchal norms that subordinate women in many spheres of endeavor.

Feminist scholarship and teaching provides students with effective tools to dialogue across difference, restructure knowledge, and participate in the process of social change. The program cultivates skills in writing, research and presentation, and provides opportunities to engage in feminist activism locally, nationally and internationally through travel/study, community-based service learning, and internships with various organizations.

Program Overview

SDSU established a department of Women's Studies in 1970, making it the oldest program in the United States. The Women's Studies Department has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in its curriculum and faculty. SDSU offers students a unique opportunity to pursue a coherent and independent course of study leading to a degree in Women's Studies.

Special Features

  • An excellent Liberal Arts education
  • Small class sizes
  • Ten full-time faculty members, several of whom have won awards for their outstanding research, teaching and mentoring.
  • Internships in community agencies for students at all levels
  • Community involvement and activism
  • Collaborations and travel study programs with universities located in China, Mexico, India, and Ireland.
  • Extensive library resources on Women's Studies available at Love Library as well as the department's collection of historical and contemporary aspects of women's lives

Career Opportunities

As with any Liberal Arts Degree, Women's Studies provides a well-rounded education that can be useful in any job. A Women's Studies degree also provides an excellent foundation for further graduate work in professional degree programs such as counseling, social work, law, and public health. A degree in Women's Studies will enhance student's ability to participate professionally in a range of organizations and businesses in the public and private sector, particularly those addressing women's issues. Women's Studies not only provides an excellent Liberal Arts education that improves one's skills in writing and discussions, but it also prepares the student to work with diverse populations and be aware of the forces of privilege and oppression.

To further explore career options in this field, visit the Career Services Web site for more information.

General Catalog

You can view more complete information regarding the Women's Studies program in the General Catalog. All students are responsible for reading and knowing the information pertinent to their areas of study available in the General Catalog. It contains requirements for all academic majors, course descriptions, policies, and regulations governing progress at the university. Catalogs are distributed at all New Student Orientation programs. To order a General Catalog, call (619) 594-7535.