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Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
College of the Sciences
Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies
Degree Type:
Bachelor of Arts
Department Contact:

Judith Hennessy

Department Website:

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary program where students explore challenging and provocative questions about how gender and sexuality impact people and the societies in which they live. Central offers a Bachelor of Arts in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies. 


Students in Central's Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies program gain critical thinking skills as they learn about and discuss social and cultural influences through the lens of gender and sexuality. In this program, they will explore issues such as what would gender equality look like and how do our ideas of masculinity and femininity develop, get shared and change in various societies?

Why this program?

At CWU, a degree in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies helps students develop strong research, writing and analytical skills, in addition to effective communication and team work. The program helps open doors to a variety of different careers including market research, university administration, human resources and counseling.


Why Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at CWU?

A degree in Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies cultivates a critical awareness of women’s lives, gender and sexuality, historically and in contemporary society.

Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies students engage in challenging all forms of oppression through scholarship and activities that contribute to social change and justice.

This program is interdisciplinary examining issues of gender and sexuality from the perspectives of anthropology, health, philosophy, politics, psychology, sociology, art, literature, music and theatre.

The best reason to pursue a degree in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality is because you find the issues compelling, but you will also be preparing for careers in a variety of fields in an ever-changing world.

Students in this program explore the intersection of sex, gender, class, race, sexuality, ethnicity and culture and their impact on people’s experience and the societies in which they live.

Central’s program promotes research and events about women, gender and sexuality within existing disciplines

Connect with Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at CWU

The interdisciplinary nature of Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies at CWU provides students the opportunity to connect with a wide array of faculty and embrace a highly customizable educational experience characterized by collaboration and reflection. Students are supported in cultivating skills applicable to their career goals within many fields, including but not limited to, social work, healthcare, public relations, education, journalism, or pursuing graduate studies.

Career Opportunities

Here are a few professions an education in women's, gender and sexuality studies positions students to pursue:

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.

Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies helps students develop skills that are highly valued by employers. These skills include: critical thinking, research, analysis, oral/written communication, presentation and problem solving skills.

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