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Department of Women’s & Gender Studies College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies

About Women’s & Gender Studies

Program Description

Women’s and Gender Studies is a dynamic interdisciplinary field preparing students to be future leaders, scholars, and social justice activists. We are dedicated to studying the social production of gender and women’s experiences in relation to formations of sexuality, race, class, nationality, ability, ageism, and other categories of difference. The department emphasizes the importance of connecting what students learn in the classroom to political projects and personal experiences.

Our curriculum empowers students to be agents of change in their communities and society. It provides them tools to examine relations of gender in local, national, and global contexts. “Putting Theory into Practice” since 1971, we place a strong emphasis on community involvement and activism, and we offer many opportunities for internships and service work credit.

The B.S. in Women’s and Gender Studies prepares students for careers in teaching, counseling, health, human services, law, and public service.

Minimum total units required for the BS: 120; 40 units should be upper division. Total units required for a WGS Major 36 unit.

Pink is Political

The color pink in our graduation sash symbolizes our commitment to feminist struggles for social justice. We believe that Pink is Political, Pink is Powerful, and Pink is Passionate.

Explore Our Degree Opportunities

Spring 2023 WGS Faculty

Name Course(s) Contact
Tristan Josephson 172
Cara Jones 75/180
Joanna Núñez 139/140
Mary Senyonga 110.01/136.02
Sujatha Moni   Sabbitical Spring 2023
Rita Cameron Wedding   FERP/Returning Fall 2024
Vicki Hall 146
Elizabeth Mukiibi 136.01/138
Katrina McDonald 110.02/133
Johnnie Terry 50
Malia Womack 85
Janice Tanemura 118/137

Career Options

  • Education: University Professors, University Staff, K-12 teachers, curriculum specialists, Department of Education
  • Paid Organizer: Labor Unions and organizations such as the Feminist Majority or the National Organization of Women
  • Writer/ Researcher on women’s issues
  • Non-profit agencies with an emphasis on social issues
  • Human Resources
  • Law
  • Medicine/Women’s Health
  • Consultant on Women’s Issues: Political campaigns and legislative aides.
  • International Development: Non-governmental organizations
  • Career Development: Career Development consultant and trainer, job developer.

Campus Services

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Department of Women’s & Gender Studies
Amador Hall, Room 550
Mon.-Fri. 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Closed 12 p.m to 1 p.m. for Lunch

Contact Us

Phone: (916) 278-6817

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