Feminist Studies

403 Humanities 1
(831) 459-2461 or 459-2757

Programs Offered

Feminist Studies B.A. 

Feminist Studies Ph.D.

Feminist Studies Designated Emphasis

Queer and Sexuality Studies

Feminist studies is an interdisciplinary field of analysis that investigates how relations of gender are embedded in social, political, and cultural formations. Founded as Women's Studies in 1974, the Feminist Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz is one of the oldest departments focused on gender and sexuality studies in the U.S.  The department has contributed to the development of internationally recognized feminist scholarship. We offer an undergraduate major, a Ph.D. program, and designated emphasis.  Programs in feminist studies provide students with a unique interdisciplinary and transnational perspective by emphasizing theories and practices derived from multiracial and multicultural contexts. The program emphasizes feminist modes of inquiry and is designed to provide training in feminist theories and methods. Our faculty's expertise includes critical prison studies, critical race theory, film and cultural studies, postcolonial theory, postsocialism, queer and trans studies, science and technology studies, social justice, and transnational feminism.