General Information for Transfer Students

The Baskin Feminist Scholars Program

The Baskin Feminist Scholars Program (BFSP) is designed to support transfer students in the Feminist Studies Department at UC Santa Cruz. The overarching goal of BFSP is to create an educational bridge to local community colleges while also promoting the opportunity to pursue Feminist Studies to marginalized students, and specifically local community college transfer students. The Feminist Studies Department currently has a total of 163 undergraduate majors. Of these, 31 are currently community college transfers, or 19%, which is slightly higher than the UCSC average of 15%. With the support of the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation, the Feminist Studies Department was able to create a robust infrastructure to support transfer students in their pursuit of a B.A. in Feminist Studies by providing graduate student mentorship, tutoring, and program activities. The BFSP offers programming during the academic year to help maintain a sense of community among FMST transfer students. This includes: a retreat, frequent study sessions, info sessions about graduate school and career opportunities, weekly mentor office hours, and more.

 

Transfer Student Course Requirements

3 Core Courses (Must be Taken at UCSC)

  • FMST 1 - Feminist Studies: An Introduction
  • 1 Lower Divsion FMST Course (10-40) or another lower-division course taught by FMST affiliated faculty (refer to the department directory)
  • FMST 100 - Feminist Theories

5 Upper-Division Courses - to be taken in the student’s chose concentration.

2 Upper Division Electives - to be taken from among the other concentrations.

1 Senior Exit Requirement - Choices include: a senior seminar taught by a FMST core faculty member, writing a senior thesis, or producing a senior project.

 

The Baskin Feminist Studies Scholarship

Through the generous support of the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation, the UC Santa Cruz Feminist Studies Department is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for undergraduate community college transfer students from Cabrillo College, De Anza College, or Monterey Peninsula College. For the 2017-18 academic year, Baskin Feminist Scholars (the scholarship recipients) will receive $2500, with the possibility of future support for the following year.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must have transferred from Cabrillo College, De Anza College, or Monterey Peninsula College and have a proposed major in Feminist Studies. Those selected as Baskin Feminist Scholars are expected to declare a major in FMST by the end of their first year at UCSC.

Applications will be evaluated based on financial need, commitment to feminist social justice work, and academic merit. Students who are first-generation college students, have backgrounds underrepresented in higher education, or have overcome significant life obstacles are especially encouraged to apply.

Scholarship applications are typically accepted during the summer or early fall. Links and instructions will be posted here, when applications are open.

More About the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation

“The Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation was founded in 2007 to provide opportunities for social change and justice. It currently focuses on improving the lives of women and girls, and equal access to education.

“UC Santa Cruz and the Peggy and Jack Baskin Foundation have been partnering on advancing innovative and impactful scholarship for a number of years. The foundation has funded the Baskin Feminist Scholars Program and the Baskin Scholars Program in Engineering that enable community college students to transfer to UC Santa Cruz; underwritten fellowships to female doctoral students in engineering; and funded the summer Girls in Engineering program for middle school girls since its inception.”

 

Contact Information

Current Baskin Feminist Scholars Program Contact & Mentor: Noya Kansky (fmst-bas@ucsc.edu)

 

Additional Resources for Transfer Students