The MA in Women’s and Gender Studies offer innovative, interdisciplinary approaches to analyzing today’s most pressing issues while also developing critical thinking and leadership skills to benefit students in their professional, creative and intellectual lives. The Women’s and Gender Studies discipline is applicable for academics, educators, health care professionals, social service practitioners, activists, human rights workers, and law enforcement professionals who are concerned with issues of identity, equity, and citizenship both locally and globally.

Program Objectives

The Master's Degree in Women’s and Gender Studies program will enable candidates to:

  • Engage in critical analysis of today’s most pressing issues while cultivating leadership skills to benefit students’ professional, creative and intellectual lives.
  • Develop a knowledge base in global human rights perspectives with an emphasis on gender.
  • Become familiar with current research on and theory in women’s and gender studies.
  • Foster academic curiosity to encourage students engagement in ethical leadership and civic engagement.
  • Develop an understanding of collective and individual identity policies to enhance students’ efficacy in their professions and communities.
  • Develop an understanding of interdisciplinary frameworks to study gender as a field of inquiry and as a mode of analysis.

Program Requirements

  • Admission acceptance into the Women’s and Gender Studies Program
  • Completion of the Women’s and Gender Studies coursework
  • Completion of the capstone experience, the Seminar in Critical Praxis
  • International students complete a Seminar in Higher Education course during the first semester*


*INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS: In addition to the base program curriculum listed below, international students attending face-to-face classes on the CUC campus are required to take the Seminar in Higher Education, a 3-credit course.

Conceptual and Theoretical Perspectives of Women’s and Gender Studies

Exploration of the intellectual history of women’s and gender studies. Begins with an investigation of the late 18th century and traces theoretical ideas about women and gender through to the present. Although the course focuses primarily on Western theoretical work, it also examines non-Western ideas, especially as these critique Western ideas about gender theory. Theories include issues of race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and spirituality

Introduction to Research

This course examines foundation level principles and processes of social and behavioral research as applied across disciplines. This course is designed to enable students to acquire both a basic understanding and skills in general research methods. Specifically, the course prepares students to be critical consumers of research and to be an active participant in the generation and implementation of research knowledge.

Epistemological Foundations of Women’s and Gender Studies

Examination of how WGS scholarship has recontextualized epistemological issues in the philosophy of science. This course draws on contemporary issues (such as gendered violence) in order to examine these and other questions in the context of contemporary gendered discussions of epistemology, ethics, and science.

Gender, Sexuality, and Race in the U.S.

Explores the complex, intertwined dynamics between identities, ideologies, and institutions. It examines how historical constructions of difference intersect, inform and interrupt the perceptions and realities of U.S. democracy, (in)equality and human rights. Analyzes historical and contemporary examples to investigate fundamental social forces, political arrangements, and historical conditions shaping the interactions of race, gender, social class, and sexuality.

Gender, Globalization and Transnational Frameworks

Examines linkages between gender-based inequities and global and transnational politics of power, security, political economy, militarism, and ecology. Emphasis on how gender roles, relationships, and identities are constructed, deployed, challenged, and resisted around the globe, with particular attention to interconnections of systems and structures of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability, culture, religion, and nation.

Gender and Sexuality in the Media

Trends in depicting men, women, and sexuality across U.S. media, which focus on film and television.

Advanced Topics in Women’s and Gender Studies

Advanced interdisciplinary study of critical debates within Women’s and Gender Studies. The course offering will serve as an avenue to offer a variety of specialized WGS topics. Topics will vary by year and will be offered based on interest from students and instructors.

Gender, Coalition Building, and Social Justice

Investigation of gendered social justice theories, practices, and possibilities. Specifically engages with issues of power and privilege, systems of oppression, intersectionality, and gender activism. Explores methods and priorities of social change efforts in varying cultural contexts, including outside of the U.S. and Europe.

Advanced Topics in Gerontology

The course will serve as a placeholder for a variety of special topic gerontology courses. They will be developed and offered based on interest from students and instructors. These courses are meant to broaden and complement the gerontological content offered in the required courses taken in the MA in Gerontology program. Examples of courses to be taught: Families in Later Life; Death and Dying; Aging and Health; Resilience over the Life Course; Global Aging; Gender and Aging; and Sexuality and Aging.

Seminar in Critical Praxis

Program culminating course. Critical reflection on one’s own beliefs and assumptions as they relate to one’s vocational and personal practices. Practical application and advocacy.

Program Length

30 credits*, 20 months

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