Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (WGSS) major and Women’s Studies (WMST) minor. We are excited to be part of your journey at CSUSM, and we look forward to sharing what we love about our field and working with you to achieve your academic goals.
As you explore our department, keep in mind that this is only an introduction. We encourage you to contact our faculty to learn more about our degree programs and curriculum. The WGSS major and WMST minor join 22 other majors and 33 minors within the College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral and Social Sciences (CHABSS). The CHABSS Dean’s Office has many student services, in particular, the following two articles that might help you in your academic journey: “Your Professors Are Your Best Resource” and “Making & Staying on the Dean’s List.”
Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies students explore profound themes that change lives and develop a sense of social justice. Our WGSS Department offers an intersectional feminist, interdisciplinary, and academically rigorous program.
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The WGSS 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 develop the professional skills necessary for rewarding careers in the 21st century. Analytical thinking, writing, teamwork, research skills, and a commitment to social justice prepare WGSS students for careers in diverse areas: education, international relations, government, technology, health, counseling, law, human resources, social services, journalism, the creative arts, and public safety, among others.
Our faculty are eager to introduce you to a life-changing curriculum. You’ll find dedicated mentors, learn to advocate for justice, broaden your career prospects, and develop enduring friends in the WGSS Department.
Again, we encourage you to explore our website and contact us to learn more about our Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major and our Women’s Studies minor.
Dr. Jodie Lawston
Dr. Jodie Lawston
The WGSS program is a revelation. Anyone can retweet a political slogan, but learning about how our society attempts to define us, about how to challenge injustices, this is the perfect field of study for a fulfilling career no matter where I end up. I've learned how to work collaboratively with diverse people, how to lead with a social conscience, how to make a positive difference in people's lives and my own.
– WGSS Graduate
Each time a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it possibly, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.
-Maya Angelou, U.S. Author