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Title: Women's Studies Department Records, 1966-2006Add to your cart.
ID: MS-0368
Extent: 19.65 Linear Feet
expand icon Historical Note

In 1969, students from SDSU's Women's Liberation Group, in cooperation with faculty and community women, formed an Ad Hoc Committee for Women's Studies.  The committee collected signatures from over 600 students in support of establishing a Women's Studies Program at SDSU.  In response, the university started an informal Women's Studies Program for the Spring 1970 semester.  By the start of the Fall 1970 semester, SDSU had formally established a department of Women's Studies which offered 11 courses. It was the first such department in the United States.

Early instructors included students, faculty from several existing departments, and one full-time Women's Studies lecturer.  The Ad Hoc committee established a nineteen member Women's Studies board, which included ten students, three staff members, and six faculty members, to oversee the program.  In spring of 1974, the Faculty Advisory Committee undertook a nationwide faculty recruitment campaign to develop women's studies as a strong academic department. The faculty developed an eighteen-unit minor, which was approved by the University Senate in May 1975.

In 1983, the department first offered an undergraduate major in Women's Studies, in the College of Arts and Letters.  Faculty at that time consisted of one full professor, four associate professors, one assistant professor and one lecturer.  Also during the 1980s three Women's Studies faculty attained tenure, rendering the Faculty Advisory Committee unnecessary.  The department weathered budget crises in the 1990s and 2000s while continuing to grow and develop both in terms of size and reputation.  In 1996 the department first offered a Master's program in Women's Studies.  In 2000, it began a program offering admission into a 12-unit Certificate Program in Women's Studies through the College of Extended Studies.

SDSU's Women's Studies Department has developed a national and international reputation for excellence in its curriculum and faculty.  It maintains a strong commitment to excellence in teaching and research, and is taking a leadership role in university affairs.  In 2010 the department celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Author: Ellen Jarosz
expand icon Arrangement

I. Administrative Files, 1970-2002

     1.) Annual Reports & Self Studies, 1974-1990

     2.) Department Office Files, 1970-2002

II. Curricular Files, 1972-2004

     1.) Syllabi, 1972-2004

     2.) Course Development Files, 1975-1990

     3.) New Views on Women Records, 1977-2000

III. Organization & Event Files, 1966-1996

     1.) Special Events and Women's Organizations, 1966-1996

     2.) Workshop for Careers for Women in Science and Engineering, 1968-1982

IV. Multimedia Materials, 1975-2000

expand icon Administrative Information
Acquired: 1992. 2003, 2006, 2010
Restrictions: This collection is open for research.
Rights: The copyright interests in some of these materials have been transferred to or belong to San Diego State University. The nature of historical archival and manuscript collections means that copyright status may be difficult or even impossible to determine. Copyright resides with the creators of materials contained in the collection or their heirs. Requests for permission to publish must be submitted to the Head of Special Collections, San Diego State University, Library and Information Access. Permissions is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical item and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder(s), which must also be obtained in order to publish.  Materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials.
Acquisition Note: Women's Studies Department
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Preferred Citation: Identification of item, folder title, box number, Women's Studies Department Records, Special Collections and University Archives, Library and Information Access, San Diego State University.
Finding Aid Revisions: Finding aid revised May 2009 to reflect reprocessing.
Collection Material Type: Official Records
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