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:
- 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
- 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.