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

Situated at the intersection of gender, culture, and history, CGU’s Master of Arts program in Applied Women’s Studies explores today’s pertinent women’s and gender issues through creative, hands-on practice in order to advance modern society. Applied Women’s 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 Women’s Studies program is an internship that allows students to positively impact their 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:

  • Asian Pacific American Legal Center of Southern California
  • Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking
  • Girls Incorporated
  • House of Ruth
  • Los Angeles County Office of Women’s Health
  • Upward Bound
  • Urban Leadership Institute
  • Americans for United Nations Population Fund
Program Highlights
  • Applied Women’s 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 pursue a Certificate in Women’s and Gender Studies with any degree or as a stand-alone certificate if you already have a degree. AWS majors can also pursue a dual Master’s degree with another discipline, such as Public Health, Psychology, Public Policy, or Education.

Program at a Glance

UNITS
36 units

COMPLETION TIME
1.5 years

TUITION
Cost Per Unit 2017–2018: $1,902

COURSES BEGIN
Fall | Spring

DEPARTMENT
Applied Women’s Studies

DEGREE AWARDED
MA in Applied Women’s 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

Courses

Special Program

Faculty & Research

  • Linda Perkins profile image

    Linda Perkins

    Associate University Professor
    Director, Applied Women’s Studies

    Research Interests

    Women and African-American higher education

  • Tammi J. Schneider profile image

    Tammi J. Schneider

    Professor of Religion

    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 and Islamic Studies

    Research Interests

    Power politics, religion, and culture in the Middle East; Feminization of poverty and global challenges; Islam state politics; Islamic feminism; Cultural diversity; 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 six 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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Continental Philosophy

This concentration explores Continental Philosophy in relation to the historical roots it shares with Analytic Philosophy—specifically the work of Descartes, Kant, and Plato. Faculty-scholars teach a wide range of figures in Continental Philosophy.

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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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