About WILL

Women In Learning and Leadership (WILL) is a curricular and co-curricular, certificate-bearing program designed to provide leadership experience, encouragement, and opportunity for development of critical and analytical skills.  WILL provides active learning opportunities that empower women as leaders, fosters a deeper understanding of women’s roles and contributions to society, and offers opportunities for women to investigate career and life choices.

Requirements for WILL

Students accepted into the WILL Program are required to complete 5 courses in Women’s and Gender Studies, in addition to attending at least 3 gender-related co-curricular programs each semester, and participating in the WILL student organization. When appropriate, WILL-only sections of WGS courses are offered. There is a section of the introductory course WGS200 (Women, Culture, and Society) designated as WILL-only and the senior capstone WGS496 (Women’s Leadership and Social Change) originally designed specifically for the WILL curriculum, is now open to WGS and WGS/ED majors.

Academic Curriculum:

WGS 200: Women, Culture & Society (WILL-only Leadership section) – 1 unit (4 semester hrs.)
LL:  Gender, Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives
This is an introductory level course that introduces the discipline of Women’s Studies. In the WILL-only section there is a special emphasis on leadership theory and women’s leadership.

Gender in Global Perspective (either 200 or 300 level) – 1 unit (4 semester hrs.)
LL:  Gender, Global, Literary, Visual & Performing Arts
A requirement that may be fulfilled by courses that examine feminist issues in a global context. Choose ONE of the following:
WGS376/LIT316: Global Women Writers
WGS260/AAS280: Africana Women in Historical Perspective
WGS380/HON 338: Gender and Democracy
WGS360/LIT334: Literature by Latinas and Latin American Women
WGS381/ANT311: Women in Migration
WGS310/HIS324/HON337: Women in Eastern Europe
WGS375
: Transnational Feminisms
SOC303
Women in World Perspectives

WGS 325: Feminist Theories (Prerequisite: at least one WGS course) – 1 unit (4 semester hrs.)
LL: Gender, Worldviews & Ways of Knowing
Philosophical and sociological perspectives and feminist theories are used to illuminate the assumptions and ideologies that maintain the asymmetry that exists between women and men. The course analyzes the relationship of cultural values and assumptions to scientific processes and knowledge as the systematic nature of gender, race, class, and other forms of subordination and oppression are explored.

WGS 399: Feminism in the Workplace:  Field Study in Women’s and Gender Studies (Prerequisite: at least two WGS courses) and internship- 1 unit (4 semester hrs.)
LL:  Gender, Community Engagement
What does it mean to be a feminist on the job? Students placed in the corporate, governmental, and nonprofit sectors will meet to analyze the organizational structures, institutional objectives and daily life of the workplace. While each student will develop a research project tailored to her placement, class discussions will be based on common readings on feminist ethics, feminist social research, and the gendered politics of the workplace.

WGS 496: Women’s Leadership and Social Change – 1 unit (4 semester hrs.)
LL:  Gender, Behavioral, Social or Cultural Perspectives, Community Engagement
In this capstone seminar course, students experience the inferfaces between empirical knowledge and social policies through selecting, organizing, and implementing a class activism project.  This course is the culmination of the WILL Program in which students will expand and enhance their leadership skills using acquired strategies and tactics to influence social, political, or economic change.