What Students are saying about GWOS..

"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."

"Overall, it was a tremendous class...I learned how to become a better, more caring and conscious, person and this is information that is more valuable than anything. I believe in the future, that more men like myself will try to see that we are often the problem, facilitating a more equal and just society."

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.  Both women and men 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 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.


BRAND NEW GENDER AND WOMEN'S STUDIES COURSES are being offered for Fall 2017 and Spring 2018!

We are expanding curriculum in Gender and Women's Studies. Consider taking one of our new courses for Fall 2016 and Spring 2017!

GWOS 5: Women of Color in the U.S.        N E W for F A LL 2017

Would you like to take a college course that focuses on your identity and community? Would you like to learn more about the diversity of women's experiences of gender? This course introduces foundational issues of race, ethnicity, and gender intersections through comparative study of women of color in the U.S. It investigates socio-political dynamics surrounding diverse women of color experience, identities, and knowledge, focusing on multiple sites of culture and history: literature, film and media, leadership, migrations, feminism, labor, and sexuality.



Are you considering a male-dominated career field like engineering or math? This course examines how gendered stereotypes about leadership impact women's career opportunities and it helps students develop leadership skills for career success. Have you ever thought you'd like to work in a women's advocacy field or for a non-profit agency? In this course you become familiar with work contexts that focus on women's issues, LGBTQ experiences, and other community service career path and work sites. Students spend part of the semester in the classroom studying gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality and leadership and part of the semester at on off campus site obtaining resume-building skills and on-the-job experience. If you're ready to promote your career success, this new GWOS offering is for you! It will be offered for the first time in Spring 2017. Watch this space for more information. And see the link to the left for a wonderful TEDtalk addressing the impact of gender stereotypes on women's career pathways and success!


GWOS 4 NEW Gender, Sexuality, and Popular Culture is Gender and Women's Studies very popular new culture and media studies course.

TWO SECTIONS being offered in Fall 2017! 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. SUMMER COURSES ENROLLING NOW FOR 2017!  Take GWOS 40 online (also offered as HUMA/PHIL 40): Introduction to Feminist Theory (Summer 2017)

ANNOUNCEMENT internship Please click here if you'd like information about the INTERNSHIP POSITION IN GWOS for Fall 2017.

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