Welcome to the Applied Women’s Studies Department

Applied Women’s Studies (AWS) gives you the opportunity to use knowledge in Women’s & Gender Studies as a vital force for change in today’s world. The Applied Women’s Studies Department at CGU combines first-rate interdisciplinary education in feminist theory with a caring, supportive faculty, hands-on experience, and career-enhancing applied applications that enable our graduates to land successful careers empowering women and enriching lives.

At the heart of the Master’s in Applied Women’s Studies program is an internship that allows students to positively impact their community even before graduation—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

Our programming in Women’s & Gender Studies analyzes the phenomenon of gender through the lens of intersectionality—including race, class, sexuality, and location—and equips students for academic and nonprofit careers in the areas of women’s, feminist, masculinity, and queer studies. AWS faculty possess expertise in women’s studies, education studies, history, cultural studies, religion, politics, and Africana studies, as well as specialized knowledge in history of women and black higher education, history of talent identification programs, and more.

Director: Linda Perkins
121 E. 10th St. • Claremont, CA 91711 • 909-621-8612 • Fax 909-607-9587

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Linda Perkins

Associate University Professor
Director, Applied Women’s Studies