About Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Broadly Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary field of inquiry analyzing social justice in the structures of power, especially as they are grounded in gender, race, sexuality, ethnicity, nationality, ability, and other inequalities, and as they configure historical and contemporary struggles for social change.

The women and men who enroll in our classes each semester gain the opportunity to understand how social, historical, and psychological forces, organized by the central concept of gender, shape them as individuals; attain a fuller understanding of human behavior, culture,
and society made possible by investigating women's lives; acquaint themselves with the experience of women of different economic classes, sexual orientations, and cultural and racial backgrounds; and transfer the critical and analytical skills they acquire in the study of gender and society to other classes, beyond the campus to other activities, and eventually to their professional careers.

Employers today are increasingly aware of gender and diversity issues and recognize that Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies majors are trained to deal with them. Many graduates work in social change and nonprofit helping organizations, where they apply what they have learned to real-life problems. The Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major also provides excellent preparation for transfer into a variety of programs in such areas as Women’s Studies, history, sociology, anthropology, psychology, and English, as well as professional training in law, medicine, and social work.

Degrees and Certificates

Associate of Arts Degree Icon Associate in Arts More information on the Associate in Arts Degree

Get a foundation in general education, then gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field.

Completion of an Associate degree usually will not satisfy transfer major requirements. Meet with a counselor to develop an academic program best suited for you.

Estimated Timeline:
2+ years, 60 units

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Gain the skills needed to excel in your desired field without completing general education requirements.

Estimated Timeline:
1+ years, 24+ units

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Associate in Arts Degree - Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Associate in Arts Degree Icon

24 units + General Education Requirements

The program's area of emphasis studies the history, sociology, and politics of women, gender, and sexuality in society. The area of emphasis examines gender and sexuality-based oppression throughout history, and also the ways in which women have taken power over their lives. Students will better understand the impact of women, gender and sexuality on various cultures at various times and evaluate changing social patterns and the effects of institutions and cultural assumptions. The Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies area of emphasis can lead to a variety of careers including a community organizer, political lobbyist and political strategist. This degree may also prepare the student for further study at the baccalaureate level.

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Associate in Arts Degree for Transfer - Social Justice Studies: Women, Gender, and Sexuality Associate in Arts for Transfer Degree Icon

18 units + General Education Requirements

This program involves the understanding of the history, sociology, and politics of women, gender, and sexuality in society. The program examines gender and sexuality-based oppression throughout history, and also the ways in which women have taken power over their lives. Students will better understand the impact of women, gender and sexuality on various cultures at various times and evaluate changing social patterns and the effects of institutions and cultural assumptions. The program can lead to a variety of careers including a community organizer, political lobbyist and political strategist. This degree may also prepare the student for further study at the baccalaureate level.

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Program Level Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will:

  1. Exhibit strong academic behaviors, evidenced by their timeliness, regular attendance, participation in class activities, adherence to the College Honor Code, and awareness of their opportunities and obligations as students.

  2. Demonstrate through oral and/or written work knowledge of comparative issues of social, political, and economic position in the workplace, family, cultural institutions, the historical basis of gender-based subordination, the female experience, the male experience, the LGBTQ experience, relations between women, men, and gender non-binary people, intersections of ethnicity/race, class and gender, violence against women, cultural images of women and men, social roles of women and men, and movements for social change.

  3. Demonstrate the ability to evaluate evidence and make compelling arguments that advance a critical analysis of the power relations experienced personally as well as those that exist more generally in society based on the understanding of the intersectionality of gender/sex, race/ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age, physical ability and how these constructs are socially constructed through the economic, political, and cultural structures of society in the United States as well as globally.

Potential Career Options

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Job Title Typical Education Median Wage
Equal Opportunity Representatives and Officers Bachelor's Degree $82,240
Sociologists Doctoral Degree $101,425
Anthropologists Master's or Professional Degree $39,011
Historians Master's or Professional Degree $69,065
Political Scientists Doctoral Degree $86,962
Social Science Research Assistants Bachelor's Degree $54,469