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"There are not many classes that we can use in our future endeavors but this class will be an asset for me for the rest of my life."

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What is Gender and Women's Studies? 

The Gender and Women’s Studies Department at Monterey Peninsula College is committed to the study of diverse identities of gender. Our students take courses that investigate common assumptions about gender and the political, cultural, institutional, and economic impacts of gender in the lives of women, men, and gender-queer people. Students learn how to apply critical and interdisciplinary methods highlighting the racial, ethnic, socio-economic, and sexual diversity of gender experience. Students who take Gender and Women’s Studies courses are able to satisfy General Education requirements and they have the option of earning an AA (Associates of the Arts) degree in this exciting contemporary field.


Who takes Gender and Women’s Studies Courses?

Many students take courses in Gender and Women’s Studies because they are interested in learning more about diversity and the role of gender in society and culture.  People of all genders take Gender and Women’s Studies courses because they want to study topics that are personally meaningful to them as well as intellectually engaging.  Students also enroll in our courses because they recognize the value that employers place on a broad liberal arts education and are interested in the excellent preparation for four year institutions that a major in Gender and Women’s Studies offers students. In general, students enroll in Gender and Women’s Studies courses because they are curious about one or more of the following:

  • How ideas about gender influence their own lives and experience
  • Social justice and gender equity issues
  • The contributions of women to culture, history, and society
  • Interdisciplinary knowledge skills
  • Political issues, current events, and social policy
  • Diversity and multicultural topics
  • Feminism
  • Social movement histories
  • Sexuality studies
  • LGBTQ issues
  • How to be agents of social change

How do I find out what Gender and Women's Studies courses are offered?

We've moved! LOOK under "G" for Gender and Women's Studies! We've moved from "W" to "G!"

To find out what Gender and Women's Studies courses are currently offered, click on the Course Catalog and Class Schedules link at the MPC homepage, select the semester and find Gender and Women's Studies in the online course catalog by scrolling to "G" in the alphabet.



COURSES are being offered!

We are expanding curriculum in Gender and Women's Studies. Consider taking one of our new courses for SPRING 2020 and FALL 2020!!

GWOS 5: Women of Color in the U.SONLINE FALL 2020    

Would you like to take a college course that focuses on your identity and community? Would you like to learn more about the racial and ethnic diversity of women's experiences of gender? In this course we focus exclusively on specific ethnic and racial identities such as Latinx, Filipina, African-American, Pacific Islander, Native American, and Arab-American, in order to explore foundational issues in Gender and Women's Studies! This course examines socio-political dynamics related to the ethnically and racially diverse category, "Women of Color" and multiple sites of culture and history: literature, film and media, leadership, migrations, feminism, labor, and sexuality. This course fulfills Gen Eds in Social Sciences and Humanities and counts towards GWOS degrees at MPC. All class activities are conducted online for Fall 2020!

GWOS 15: Introduction to LGBTQ+ Global Literature ONLINE SPRING 2020

Do you love novels, memoirs, or poetry? Are you interested in LGBTQ+ issues and experience? This course represents an exciting multi-disciplinary combination of literature studies, global studies, and feminist and queer studies in its approach to the study of literature written by LGBTQ+ authors and centering the lives of LGBTQ+ characters and people. Engaging a range of genres, which include fiction, non-fiction, graphic novel, poetry, memoir, playwriting, and film, in this course we engage the work of writers from a range of nations around the globe, learning about both historical and contemporary contexts of LGBTQ+ experience! Satisfies Humanities General Ed requirements (MPC, CSU, and UC). All class activities are conducted online!


GWOS 3: Gender and Violence LATE START 8 Week ONLINE for FALL 2020

Are you looking for a very meaningful and relevant course you can earn 3 credits for in just 8 weeks and that can be taken online? GWOS 3 examines the causes and impacts of gender-based violence, which, tragically, affects all genders and all racial/ethnic and socio-economic groups in alarming proportion. This course looks closely at multiple types of gender-based violence, including: intimate partner and domestic violence, sexual assault and rape, sexual harassment, childhood sexual abuse and incest, anti-LGBTQ+ violence, and cyber-harassment. While issues raised by this course can be challenging to encounter, GWOS 3 endeavors to create a compassionate classroom in which truth is a tool of empowerment and transformation. 

GWOS 4 Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture is Gender and Women's Studies very popular new culture and media studies course. Offered Spring semesters only!

Sign up early as seats fill fast!

May I take Gender and Women's Studies courses online?

Yes, the Gender and Women's Studies Department offers a number of online courses each semester, including summer sessions. 8 Week SUMMER COURSES ENROLLING NOW FOR 2020! 

  • GWOS 1 Introduction to Gender and Women's Studies
  • GWOS/HIST 12 Women in U.S. History
  • GWOS/POLS 10 Gender in American Politics


Take GWOS 40 online either Fall/Spring (also offered as HUMA/PHIL 40): Introduction to Feminist Theory 


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