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Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies

We are delighted to announce Women’s Studies Department’s new name “Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies” has been approved by the CSU Chancellor Timothy P. White and will launch in the Fall of 2019

CSUSM Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies students explore profound themes in a feminist, interdisciplinary, academically rigorous program.

  • How are people’s lives shaped by politics, economics, art, culture, and education?
  • What expectations are placed on people relative to gender, race, class, sexuality, etc., and how can such expectations be productively challenged?
  • How do concepts of career, family, and parenting impact individuals?
  • What can we learn from studying inequality—sexism, racism, classism, ageism, homophobia and transphobia—and how can that learning be applied?

WGSS Curriculum and Career Preparation

Our Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Department offers courses that examine gender in relation to race, class, sexuality, and other identity markers, in national and international contexts. Our students gain a solid academic foundation on which they then develop the professional skills necessary for rewarding employment in the 21st century. Analytical thinking, writing, teamwork, and research skills prepare WGSS students for careers in diverse areas: education, international relations, health, counseling, law, human resources, social services, journalism, and public safety, among others.

Explore our pages and contact us to learn more about a Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies major or minor.

News & Announcements

  • New Fall 2018 will be posted soon -  WGSS Courses

Contact Us

Social and Behavioral Science Building 4240
Phone: 760-750-4154

Dr. Jodie Lawston
Department Chair

Christie Ashley
Administrative Coordinator
Phone:  760-750-8054

Student Advisor:

A - Z

Jodie Lawston


"[Majoring in Women's Studies] was one of the best things I’ve ever done for myself.  A degree in WMST is the perfect major for a career in people skills, team building organization, and research."

 Women's Studies Graduate