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What will I learn?

As a field, Women’s Studies presents an exciting opportunity to anyone who wants to know more about the impact of gender on their lives and the world. The focus on a core aspect of all our identities makes the field personally rewarding and socially important. Attentiveness to diversity, power, and women's unique creative contributions to human experience are central aspects of this training. Our faculty work closely with students in order to help foster their success. Students also find a sense of community and leadership opportunities through participation in P.O.W.E.R.: The Women’s Studies Student Organization.

Many of our students choose Women’s Studies as their primary field. Other students choose Women’s Studies as a double major to complement a primary field or discipline. Double majors say their first major defines the field in which they work, Women’s Studies gives them a special focus and edge within that field.

What You Can Do

Nationally, Women’s Studies students have established successful careers in a variety of fields from politics to law, k-12 to graduate studies, biology to nursing, the creative arts to telecommunications, criminology to victim services, business and management to grass roots organizing, history to philosophy, and human resources to social services.

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Women and Work
  • Women and Politics
  • Women, Ethics, & the Environment
  • Women, Violence, & the Law
  • Women in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Introduction to Lesbian and Gay Studies

What You Can Learn

  • How to combine political and intellectual passions with scholarly research to become a leader in today’s rapidly changing world.
  • The role of feminist activism and feminist organizations in the promotion of social policies designed to end social inequality.
  • Critical and analytical tools to understand and contribute to interdisciplinary research on issues faced by women and children in the United States and across the globe.
  • The symbiotic relationship between theory and practice through experiential learning opportunities aimed at unleashing students’ creativity and fostering self awareness.
  • The historical, political, and philosophical roots of feminism and feminist studies across disciplines.

Which department am I in?

College of Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (120 units)

Tuition fees
US$18,469.00 per year
USD $1,665 Per Semester for 0-6 units; USD $2,871 Per Semester for 6.1 or more units; Nonresident tuition fee: USD $396 per unit
Application deadline

1 November 2021

Start date

18 January 2022

Venue

College of Social Sciences

5340 N. Campus Drive M/S SS91,

FRESNO,

California,

93740, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students with High school or secondary and higher secondary or equivalent. For admission consideration, a minimum 2.5 Fresno State converted and weighted GPA is required.

For international students

A high school diploma or passing the California High School Proficiency Examination or complete a General Education Development program (GED).

English language Score: TOEFL – 61 iBT, or IELTS – 6.0 or with 5.5 Band score in each section, or ELS Language Centers - Level 112, or Pearson's Test of English – 45. Application Deadlines: Fall - July 1 and Spring - November 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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