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About the Women's & Gender Studies Department

Teaching, learning and doing in Women’s & Gender Studies at Cal Poly is designed to promote scholarly inquiry, education and activism that utilizes an integrative approach, exploring the intersections of gender, race, class, sexuality, ethnicity, religion, dis/abilities, citizenship status, and other social categories within both national and transnational contexts. Our students are empowered to question and contribute to knowledge creation, community formation, activism, creative practice, and policymaking from interdisciplinary feminist perspectives. Areas of exploration include femininities, masculinities, and other gender identities.

Cal Poly established the minor in Women’s Studies in 1990. Ann J. Cotton graduated with the first minor in Women’s Studies in 1992, earning a B.S. in Mathematics at the same time. Today, Dr. Cotton is a Clinical Psychologist in the Department of Veterans Affairs. During the 2015-16 academic year, 17 students graduated with minors in Women’s & Gender Studies from Cal Poly and another 75 number of students will return to Cal Poly as WGS minors in Fall 2016.  

Women’s & Gender Studies at Cal Poly is a visible and valued part of the Cal Poly community. Faculty, students, and staff from across the university are part of Women’s & Gender Studies at Cal Poly. We look forward to working with and learning from you. 

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