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Women, Gender & Queer Studies

Women, Gender, and Queer Studies offers students an interdisciplinary, social justice approach to examining the complex ways that gender informs identity, with an emphasis on the intersection of gender with other identity markers such as race, class, sexuality, ability, ethnicity, nation, and religion, in cultures around the world. A field at the forefront of multicultural and transnational scholarship, Women, Gender, and Queer Studies is dynamic and constantly evolving. Drawing on concepts from Global Feminist Studies and Queer Theory, WGQS courses challenge students to analyze gender and sexuality as social constructs both performative and fluid; to think critically about power dynamics based on race, gender, sexuality, social class, ability, and nation; and to develop global perspectives on inequality, development, and human rights issues. In WGQS courses, students study the historical changes forged by the Suffrage, Civil Rights, Gay liberation, and Labor movements, while they examine contemporary social justice movements and activism in their local communities and around the globe on topics ranging from voting rights to representation in government, from sex work to human trafficking, and from the wage and education gaps to the division of labor.


Degree or Certificate ProgramAward TypeRequirements
Women, Gender and Queer Studies Associate in Arts Degree 60 units

WOMEN, GENDER AND QUEER STUDIES: For transfer information see and/or consult with a counselor.

The Faculty

Leigh Burrill, English
Rebecca Cisneros-Diaz, English
Dulce Gray, English
Danielle Shaw, English


Women, Gender, and Queer Studies scholarship is interdisciplinary, making it relevant across all disciplines, careers, and experience. 

Coursework is fundamental to a comprehensive social justice-informed education. 
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Last Updated 6/28/24