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
- 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.