Gender & Women's Studies

Gender and Women's Studies focuses on the study of gender as a central aspect of human existence. How does gender affect the conditions of our lives? When analysis of these conditions reveals discrimination, how can we create change? Interdisciplinary by nature, Gender and Women’s Studies incorporates disciplines such as sociology, economics, political science, anthropology, literature, psychology and more.

Students in Gender and Women's Studies classes often say that it was the most useful class they took in college. The information and skills learned in these classes apply to your work, your relationships, and your role as a citizen.

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Gender Studies

This field highlights the system of sex/gender construction and focuses on femininities and masculinities, examining how these social categories structure patterns of power. Gender Studies challenges the woman/man dualism and acknowledges multiple gender identities, including transgender identities.

Women's Studies

This discipline makes visible the process by which we are shaped as gendered beings and examines the institutions that participate in this shaping: family, education, employment, politics, the media, etc. 

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies (LGBTQ)

Currently under development. Check with a faculty member for updates.

Degree Option

The 90-credit Associate in Arts transfer degree is designed to meet the general education requirements at Washington State four-year institutions and prepares students for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender and Women’s Studies. It is also excellent preparation for graduate study in law, education, counseling psychology, social work, medicine and more.

Degree Options

Associate of Arts - Direct Transfer

Career Opportunities

Occupations pursued by Gender and Women’s Studies graduates include law, journalism, politics, public policy, business and industry, social services, counseling, teaching, research, health care, education, social work, business and the arts. Potential employers are listed on the right side of this page. For more information, visit Career Counseling.


  • public advocacy groups
  • non-profit organizations
  • law firms
  • government agencies
  • social and human service organizations
  • elected officials
  • political campaigns
  • consulting and marketing firms
  • colleges and universities
  • corporations
  • newspapers
  • radio and TV stations
  • publishing companies
  • public and private schools
  • women's health clinics
  • social service organizations