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With a focus on interdisciplinarity and hands-on learning, the Master of Arts in Applied Gender Studies (AGS) gives you the opportunity to use knowledge in gender issues as a vital force for change in today’s world.

Situated at the intersection of gender, culture, and history, CGU’s MA in Applied Gender Studies explores today’s pertinent women’s and gender issues through creative, hands-on practice in order to advance modern society. Applied Gender Studies graduates pursue leadership roles shaping policy and creating positive, lasting impact, domestically and globally. Flexibility is built into the program, offering numerous ways to customize a specialized course of study.

At the heart of the Applied Gender Studies program is an internship that allows you to positively impact your community even before graduation, with real-world experience at organizations supporting and empowering women across the globe. The internship takes you out of the classroom and into the world to solve problems in critical settings like schools, community organizations, women’s centers, prisons, and shelters. Our students have partnered with:

Program Highlights

Program at a Glance

36 units

1.5 years

*This estimate assumes full-time registration and pursuit of the degree. Actual completion times will vary and may be higher, depending on full- or part-time course registration, units transferred, and time to complete other degree requirements.

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Applied Gender Studies

MA in Applied Gender Studies

Featured Courses

WGS 301
Introduction to Women’s & Gender Studies

Introduces to key historical and theoretical concepts in women and gender studies from transnational and interdisciplinary perspectives.

AWS 300
Applied Feminist Applications

Demonstrates how to apply research on activism to contemporary feminist activism through exposure to feminist activists in a variety of contexts and fields.

AWS 301
Feminist Theory & Epistemology

Examines feminist theory focusing on the role of women in traditional political thought and the emergence of modern feminist theories, considerations and contestations of identity and more.

CLST 452
Feminist & Queer Theory

Explores the complex, fluid, and productive function of “the body” as object of knowledge as well as feminist and queer theory’s contribution to producing new bodies of knowledge.

EDUC 424
Gender & Education

Examines the historical and current debate surrounding the historical impact of gender on education—in particular the role of race, ethnicity, immigrant status, religion, sexual orientation, and social class.

WGS 326
Politics, Policy & Feminist Theory: Health & Safety

Applies feminist theory and research methods to specific questions of politics and public policy through in-depth readings, discussions, and case studies providing feminist approaches to women’s health and safety.

Program Requirements

MA Unit Requirements

36 units

Program Duration


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Faculty & Research

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Linda Perkins

University Professor
Director, Applied Gender Studies

Research Interests

Women and African-American higher education, history and contemporary issues on women in higher education, especially Black women, global gender issues.

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Eve Oishi

Associate Professor of Cultural Studies

Research Interests

Cultural studies, Media studies, Feminist and queer theory, Asian American studies


Extended Faculty – Claremont Colleges

Candida Jaquez

Scripps College

Research Interests

Latino popular and Mexican traditional music with a specialty in women’s mariachi performance across the complexities of performativity, ethnographic research, race, class, and gender

Where You Can Find Our Alumni

Interdisciplinary Concentrations

As a student in the School of Arts & Humanities, you have the option of completing one of five interdisciplinary concentrations.

American Studies

The American Studies concentration takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of United States culture, society, civilization, and identity through the curricular lenses of history, literature, critical theory, and more.

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Early Modern Studies

The Early Modern Studies concentration undertakes interdisciplinary examination of history, culture, politics, and society within the transitional and transformative period that stretched between Medieval and modern societies, marked especially by the advent of print, Christian confessional war, and the rise of the modern state.

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Hemispheric & Transnational Studies

A comparative analysis of culture in the Americas, the concentration in Hemispheric & Transnational Studies explores how scholarship on the Atlantic, borderlands, and diaspora have reshaped U.S. American Studies, Caribbean Studies, and Latin American Studies, emphasizing the topics of empire, race, religion, and revolution.

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Media Studies

Situated at the bustling intersection of cultural studies, new media, critical theory, and popular culture, the burgeoning field of Media Studies examines the creative and critical practices of media consumers, producers, artists, and scholars, focusing on questions of representation, power, technology, politics, and economy.

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Museum Studies

The Museum Studies concentration investigates the history and political role of museums in society, the interpretation and display of a wide variety of cultural productions, and topics of special concern to museums as cultural organizations, using a multidisciplinary, practice-based approach to understand the historical development of this evolving field.

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These concentrations are available for students pursuing the following degree programs:

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