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Women’s and Gender Studies
College of the Sciences
Women’s and Gender Studies
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Cynthia Coe


Women’s and Gender Studies students explore the historic and contemporary role of women in society and the impact of gender on our lives. It is an interdisciplinary minor.


Students minoring in Women’s and Gender Studies gain critical thinking skills and learn about women’s diverse contributions to our culture and society. In this program, they will explore issues such as what would gender equality look like and how do ideas of what is masculine and feminine develop, get shared, and change in various societies?

Why this program?

At CWU, a minor in Women’s and Gender Studies encourages students to learn strong research methods, writing and mediation skills, and analytical abilities. The program helps open doors to a wide variety of careers including market research, university administration, human resources, and counseling.


Why Women's and Gender Studies at CWU?

A minor in Women’s and Gender Studies cultivates a critical awareness of the contributions of women and the impact of gender in our lives, both historically and in the contemporary world.

The program is an interdisciplinary minor that examines women and gender issues from the perspective of politics, anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, art, and literature.

The best reason to minor in Women's and Gender Studies is because the issues are fascinating to you, but the minor can also help to prepare you for a number of different careers, in conjunction with your major.

Students in this program explore existing knowledge about women and gender in a variety of disciplines and critically assess the traditional disciplines in the light of new data concerning women and gender.

Women's and Gender Studies provides an academic foundation for students planning careers in the women's and gender studies or related fields.

Central's program promotes research about women and gender within existing disciplines.

Connect with Women's and Gender Studies at CWU

Be sure to connect with the Women's and Gender Studies program at CWU.

Career Opportunities

There are many professions in which an education in women's and gender studies is an asset incluing:

Social Work

Human Resources

Criminal Justice


Public Policy




Points of Pride

Every April the Women’s and Gender Studies Program sponsors a series of events for Women’s History Month, centered on a particular theme.

CWU students have excellent opportunities for networking through a number of student organizations including: Human Trafficking Awareness Club, Ada Lovelace Club for Women in Computing, CWU Feminist Club, SISTERS! and EQuAL (Equality through Queers and Allies).

Central students have served in a wide variety of internships including the Girl Scouts Council, Planned Parenthood of Greater Washington and North Idaho, and the CWU Center for Diversity and Social Justice.

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