Women's and Gender Studies at CSU is an interdisciplinary academic program that examines the cultural and social construction of gender, explores the history, experiences and contributions of women to society, and studies the influences of gender on the lives of women and men.

  • Explore academic disciplines from a feminist and gender studies perspective
  • Develop an appreciation of the historic and contemporary contributions of women and gender in all cultures
  • Understand the ideological assumptions regarding women and gender implicit in social institutions
  • Recognize how multiple systems of power and privilege intersect in our everyday lives
  • Acquire knowledge and skills necessary for physical, social, and emotional well-being
  • Applying the knowledge and skills to real life situations and experiences in order to promote social change and social justice

What in the World is "Women's Studies"?

A Women’s and Gender Studies degree is relevant to navigating today’s world, and provides a framework for students to apply to their academic, professional, and personal lives.

Like a microscope that brings the world into focus, this framework allows us to see how our social and cultural lives are governed by gender relations. For example, have you considered how institutions, organizations, or the economy are gendered?  Do you ever wonder why some images are more prevalent in popular culture than others?

Looking at the world through a Women’s and Gender Studies lens allows us to more directly and effectively address issues of social justice and social change as it pertains to gender relations in the contemporary world. By studying gender relations, students learn skills that work towards dismantling gender-based inequality and promote gender equity in various arenas of social life.