Women and Gender Studies

Do you have a talent for thinking critically, analyzing problems, and effectively communicating your findings? Do you have a passion for feminism and gender identities in a cultural and historical aspect? If so, consider a future in Women and Gender Studies.

As a student of our Women and Gender Studies program, you’ll get to discuss and critique the historical and contemporary theories and practices of feminism and gender identities. Our experienced instructors will ask you to delve into the experiences and perspectives of women and explore cultural and global issues of equality during this intensive interdisciplinary liberal arts program. Courses cover gender, history, culture, class, race, ethnicity, and sexuality.

Upon completion, you may seek professional roles like a child, family, and school social worker, human resources specialist, lawyer, postsecondary instructor, and more.

Make it happen. Start your work in Women and Gender Studies today!

Students at any Maricopa Community College may need to complete courses at more than one of our colleges.

Women's Studies classes explore politics, society and history from a woman's perspective, critiquing societal norms of gender, race, class, sexuality and other social inequalities.

Class topics include:

  • History and development of gender roles
  • Human rights
  • Global social issues
  • Social research
  • Dialectical thinking (learning through the contrasting arguments of opposite opinions)
  • Metonymic thinking (learning how to get past dialectical arguments)


GateWay offers many Women's Studies courses starting with WST100 "Women and Society." This course examines critical issues in women's studies and requires no prerequisites. Other courses include topics such as:

  • Women and the Early American Experience
  • American Women since 1920
  • Women and Films
  • 19th Century Women Writers
  • Contemporary Women Writers
  • Women and Health: Body, Mind, Spirit Connection
  • Women and Religion

Program Location

Washington Campus 

Program Cost

Associate in Arts: $5,774*

*Please note that these are only estimates and do not include books. These estimates may change based on increases to tuition, course fees and book costs. Estimates are based on the tuition rates for in-county students. Additional fees may apply.



Accreditation is a process used to measure and certify the credibility and quality of services offered by an organization.

GateWay is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

Why should you choose an accredited school?

Although many schools offer seemingly similar degree and certification options, not all schools are accredited. In many instances, accreditation of the degree or program you complete may be required in order to become certified to work in the field.