Why Study Women, Gender, and Sexuality at CWU?

CWU’s Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program will deepen your understanding of the intricate interplay between gender and sexuality in society.

About WGSS

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) Program is an academic discipline at the center of a better future. We critically explore women's contributions and the role of gender in shaping our world, both in historical context and today's dynamic global landscape. By working collaboratively with a diverse range of departments, including Political Science, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, Philosophy, Art, and English, we offer a comprehensive study that transcends traditional academic boundaries.

About Us

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Undergraduate Degrees

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Our program doesn't just increase your knowledge but equips you with a unique lens to view the world. As a part of our community, you'll acquire valuable skills that translate into many fields. Whether you aspire to make a difference in social work, shape education, drive societal awareness through marketing, or foster diversity in human resources, our program will prepare you to be a catalyst for change.  

Degree Options

If you are interested in how gender and sexuality shape our lives or how the norms of masculinity and femininity developed, consider choosing Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies.

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For general university admissions information, contact the CWU Office of Admissions. For advising information, contact the Academic Advising Center.


Our History

In 1977, CWU hosted the Washington State Conference on the Status of Women, with more than 4,000 people attending to discuss the issues of women's rights. Prominent women leaders on campus called for changes to be made to reflect women's place in academics, headed by the Women's Studies Committee. After many decades, we officially became the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program, offering degrees and a new more comprehensive focus on sexuality and gender.

Showing Up and Speaking Out

The Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Department hosts many events every year connecting people with the issues of today. From teach-ins to inclusive conversations, you will have the chance to learn and speak up about what matters to you in a safe, supportive environment.

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