Women’s and Gender Studies is a thriving field of study at CSULA. Our location in the diverse metropolis of Los Angeles grounds our understanding of genders and sexualities as it intersects with races/ethnicities, nations, and classes in local, national, and global contexts.
Housed in the Department of Liberal Studies, Programs in Women’s and Gender Studies include: an undergraduate Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies (32 units) and a graduate/post-Baccalaureate Certificate in the Study of Women, Genders, and Sexualities (24 units). The Women’s and Gender Studies Advisory Committee oversees program development and curricular growth.
A Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies supplements a Major program in any field. Students have combined a Minor with Majors in History, Communication Studies, Chicana/o Studies, Sociology, Liberal Studies, Psychology, and Political Science. A Minor provides research skills and training useful for careers in law, medicine, criminal justice, social work, non-profit agencies, public relations, policy advocacy, and teaching.
Post-Baccalaureate students (those already holding a B.A. degree) will find that a Certificate in the Study of Women, Genders, and Sexualities can fulfill several career and educational goals. For students continuing on to M.A. or Ph.D. programs, the Certificate offers additional skills in research and teaching in the growing field of interdisciplinary Women’s and Gender Studies. For those already in the workforce as social workers, human resources professionals, policy analysts, service providers, organizational managers, and teachers, the Certificate offers additional skills in professional development and frameworks for thinking about topics such as social policy, pedagogy, and workplace equity.
If you wish to select a Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies or the Certificate in the Study of Women, Genders, and Sexualities, please contact (323)343-4137 or (323)343-4100 or email the Coordinator of the Women’s and Gender Studies Programs, Dr. Dionne Espinoza, firstname.lastname@example.org.
CSULA supports research in the field through The Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities.
The Cross Cultural Centers host the Women’s Resource Center and the LGBT Resource Center, which offer programming and workshops to the campus community to raise awareness of women’s issues, genders, and sexualities.
Students may select General Education Upper Division Theme “C,” Perspectives on Gender. See the Schedule of Classes for more information.