Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) is a thriving field of study at Cal State L.A. Our location in the diverse metropolis of Los Angeles is a foundation for our understanding of genders and sexualities and intersections with race/ethnicity, nation, immigration status, ability, and class in local, national, and global contexts.
The Major in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
The B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary course of study that emphasizes writing, critical thinking, and presentation of research as core competencies. The B.A. degree also offers opportunities for community engagement and internships
The Minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
A Minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality 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.
The Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Post Baccalaureate students (those already holding a B.A. degree) will find that a Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies 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, Gender, and Sexuality 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.
Admissions to the Post Baccalaureate Certificate Program:
Students who are not in a Master's progam at Cal State L.A. must apply for admission through the online CSU Apply system Click Here -> CSU Apply
Deadlines to Apply
Eligibility requirements for the WGSS Post-Bacc. Certificate program
Applicants do NOT need to submit letters of recommendation, GRE scores, or a writing sample.
If you are enrolled in an Master’s program at Cal State L.A. and want to also enroll in the WGSS Certificate program, please email the WGSS director, Dr. Alejandra Marchevsky at firstname.lastname@example.org
Current grad students do not need to go through CSU Apply
Contact information for questions or to make an advisement appointment:
Alejandra Marchevsky, Ph.D.
Director, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
(323)-343-4137 or (323)-343-4100