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Center for the Study of Genders and Sexualities - Women and Genders Studies


Women's and Gender Studies

Women's,Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program (Department of Liberal Studies)

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.


Housed in the Department of Liberal Studies, Programs in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies include: an undergraduate Minor in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (18 units), a graduate level, post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (15 units), and, beginning in Fall 2019, a B.A. Degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. 


The Minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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 currently in a graduate M.A. program 

To be eligible, an applicant is required to have a B.A. degree (in any field) with a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 in their last 60 units.  

Students who are already admitted to the university and enrolled in an M.A. program at Cal State L.A. 

Apply for the Post Baccalaureate Certificate by meeting with a WGSS Adviser. 


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