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Women's Studies Majors/Minors

Information for Women's Studies students interested in EAP.

Women's studies is an interdisciplinary field that grew out of the recognition that the experience and potential of over half the world's population should have real consequences for academic study and teaching, research and scholarship. By taking women seriously - both as subjects of inquiry and as inquiring subjects - we have discovered new ways of thinking about gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity and their intersections in political, economic and social life.


The Department of Women's Studies provides an interdisciplinary curriculum that span departments, disciplines, and ideologies. It provide students the opportunity to study the full range of human experience and arrangements of social organization from the perspectives of those whose participation has been traditionally distorted, omitted, neglected, or denied -- women in their racial, class, sexual, national, and cultural diversity. Students develop critical reasoning and analytical skills, research and communication skills, a deep appreciation for complexities of power and asymmetries in gender relations across time, class, and cultures, and conceptual tools for social change. Emphasis on multidisciplinary, multiethnic, and transnational approaches assures a broader exposure to the humanities and social sciences than is commonly available within disciplinary confines. A background in women's studies offers unique contextual validation for today's gender controversies and prepares students for a wide range of career and life choices.


EAP offers UC students an exciting opportunity to expand their education in women’s and gender studies by investigating the significance of gender as a basic representational category in an international context. Students can observe how fundamental issues of sex and gender play out in other cultures, and can gain valuable insight into how distinct feminist perspectives and differing views of feminist scholarship are regarded outside of the United States. A comparative perspective in the field of women’s and gender studies challenges the process by which knowledge of human behavior is acquired, interpreted, and trasmitted.

Where to go

The EAP offers intensive language and culture programs, as well as a wide variety of regular host university courses. The best way to choose is to look over the options and consult with your UCLA Education Abroad Program counselor and your major/minor advisor. Click here for EAP system-wide recommendations for students of Women’s and Gender Studies. Check it out!

The UC Education Abroad Program offers two special features to help you choose the right program.

  • The Program Wizard can help you find possible programs of interest.
  • The Coursefinder database includes descriptions of all courses taken by UC students while on EAP programs. Please note that it does not include all courses offered by the host university, only those that have been taken and submitted for approval by UC students.
  • An up-to-date list of pre-approved EAP courses will soon be available.

What classes to take

All classes taken on the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP) are UC approved courses and count toward your 180 unit requirement for graduation; however, your major has the final authority to determine how the coursework is used to fulfill specific major requirements.

Courses are approved on a case by case basis and generally used for elective credit. Before going abroad, students should discuss with the department advisor which EAP courses the department will approve for credit toward a major or minor. Students can often make changes to their study plan once they arrive in their country of choice, but should consult with the department academic advisor by e-mail first.

Pre-approved EAP course lists for Womens Studies

Note: These are not comprehensive lists. Other courses may also be approved.


EAP Coursework Guidelines for Women's Studies Major/Minor

Note: the following guidelines are subject to change. Please see your major/minor advisor for up-to-date information.

EAP Unit Limits for Major

  • Total number of EAP Upper Division Units that can be applied: 4 WS electives & 1 core course

EAP Unit Limits for Minor

  • Total number of EAP Upper Division Units that can be applied: 3 WS electives & 1 core course

Grade Requirements

  • A grade of C or above will receive credit, but students must maintain an overall GPA of 2.0+ in their major

Women’s Studies Contact Information


Samantha Hogan

Student Affairs Officer

2225 Rolfe Hall


Department website

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