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:

  • A New Way of Life, Los Angeles, a transitional home for formerly incarcerated women
  • California Women’s Foundation, Los Angeles
  • Feminist Majority Foundation, Beverly Hills
  • Sheila Kuehl, LA County supervisor, lesbian activist, and former California state senator
  • Human Rights Watch, Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles County Women and Health
  • Sadie Nash Leadership Project, New York City
  • United Nations, Women’s Division, New York City)
  • National Council for Research on Women, New York City
  • Amnesty International, Women’s Division, New York City
  • La Casa de Acogida, San Sebastian, Peru
  • Learning Enrichment and Academic Resources Network (LEARN) in Orange County
  • Women Thrive Worldwide, Washington DC
  • The Doula Project, New York City
  • MADRE, New York City
Program Highlights
  • Applied Gender Studies hosts lectures by leading feminist scholars, connecting you with professionals in the field each semester.
  • The program undertakes major internships at the local, national, and international levels to create positive, lasting impact that empowers women and communities.
  • You can also pursue a dual Master’s degree with another discipline, such as Public Health, Psychology, Public Policy, or Education.
  • CGU also offers a certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies that you can pursue with any CGU degree program or as a stand-alone certificate if you already have a degree.

Program at a Glance

36 units

1.5 years

Fall | Spring

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


Special Program

Faculty & Research

  • Linda Perkins profile image

    Linda Perkins

    Associate 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.

  • Tammi J. Schneider profile image

    Tammi J. Schneider

    Professor of Religion
    Chair, Religion Department

    Research Interests

    Ancient Near Eastern history, literature, archaeology, and religion;
    Women in the Hebrew Bible

  • Sallama Shaker profile image

    Sallama Shaker

    Full Clinical Professor of Middle East & International Studies

    Research Interests

    Power Politics, Religion, and Culture in the Middle East; Feminization of Poverty and Global Challenges; Globalization

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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