From left to right: Katie Nishida, Angel Castillo, Twyla Malchow-Hay, Niki Black                                   Women’s and Gender Studies, Chapman University 2017
Katie Nishida, Angel Castillo, Twyla Malchow-Hay, Niki Black (CU 2017)
Women's and Gender Studies

» Study of Women's and Gender Studies

women's studyThe Women's and Gender Studies minor provides an overview of the interdisciplinary approaches to the study of women and gender inequality; cultural representations of women and their social roles; and the social axes of gender, race, class and sexuality. The minor provides students with a broad, interdisciplinary framework for analyzing social practices related to gender as well as the impact on their own lives.




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The Women's and Gender Studies Minor requires a total of 21 credits (12 of which must be upper-division):

  • 2 Core courses (6 credits) : WGST 101 and WGST 498*

And 15 more credits (5 Electives) from the approved list of Women's and Gender Studies courses (consisting of a wide array of interdisciplinary choices: see catalog for official list, linked below).

Please note:

WGST 498 is only offered in the Spring semester.  The course should be taken one’s senior year, but may also be taken as a Junior (contact Prof. CK Magliola for permission number).

Adding the Women's and Gender Studies Minor does not require a signature from the department chair/program director.

What can you do with a Women's and Gender Studies minor?

A degree in Women's and Gender Studies prepares you for almost anything. It’s an interdisciplinary course of study that introduces students to hidden histories, explores complex social structures, confronts injustice and oppression, and hones the skills of citizens of the future.

What careers does Women's and Gender Studies equip you for?

Department Staff
  • Advocate for victims of domestic violence and hate crimes
  • Physician
  • Associate director of a human rights organization
  • Psychologist
  • Coordinator of a women’s health clinic
  • Public health educator
  • Director of social service agency
  • Social worker
  • Executive director of a foundation
  • Union organizer
Katlyn Barbaccia, '23
Political Science & Sociology majors, Women's and Gender Studies minor
The program is incredible & has given me the opportunity to develop new perspectives on what it means to be a woman. I am excited to expand my existing feminist knowledge & the importance of equality.
Zara Kaye, '21
Creative Producing Major and a Women's and Gender Studies Minor
Women's and Gender Studies gave me the tools to be a better-informed feminist, ally, & advocate. I’ve found stories that inspired me as a writer & producer & I felt much more equipped to stand up for myself.
Lily Martin, '23
Political Science major and Women's and Gender Studies minor
The program has opened me up to a community of people that have made me feel valid & empowered. Intro to Women's and Gender Studies was the first class I took at CU & it fueled my commitment to social justice.
Sage Okolo, '22
Film Production major and Women's and Gender Studies minor
The program examines history through the lens of it having multiple truths. Everything is intersectional, & I believe learning that is foundational, to not only education but also grows empathy.
Marisa Quezada, '22
Sociology major with minors in Women's and Gender Studies and the University Honor's Program
Not only is the program intersectional in nature, but it encourages its students to find strength in their authentic selves through feminist literature & theory.

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Program Director

MagliolaC.K. Magliola joins the Sociology Department as an Instructor of Women's and Gender Studies. Currently ABD, CK received her doctoral training in cultural anthropology at the University of California, Irvine. Based on fieldwork conducted in Kingston, Jamaica, her dissertation is entitled "The Politics of Becoming: Nationhood, Childhood, and Postcolonial Development in Contemporary Jamaica." Her analytical specialties include postcolonial theory; the politics of childhood; the politics of reproduction; poverty-alleviation strategies and secular/faith-based humanitarianisms; gender and the family; and feminist theory. With great concern over issues of social justice at the local and global level, CK employs a feminist pedagogy in her classroom that relies upon the democratic creation of knowledge, and encourages critical social engagement outside of the classroom.