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Women's and Gender Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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Key Features

Students in Women's and Gender Studies program at Sonoma State University study how gender structures everything from our innermost sense of self, to family and community, to transnational relations.  Students in this major sharpen their critical thinking skills about some of the most dynamic issues in our society.  These are the types of skills and knowledge that employers and social movements want and need—they also help us deepen our understanding of ourselves.

Majors in WGS and minors in WGS and Queer Studies learn about:
  • Social, political, and cultural dimensions of gender and inequity.
  • How gender structures everything from our innermost sense of self to transnational circuits of society and economy.
  • Intersectional perspectives, which means how gender is co-constituted with race, ethnicity, sexuality, nation, ability, and other forms of social power.
  • Interdisciplinary approaches that examine social structures, institutions and ideologies of gender through social, historical, political, legal, and cultural lenses.
  • How to apply what you are learning through research, internships, and career planning.
Students in WGS get close mentorship from award-winning faculty and join a community of scholarship and engagement with their fellow WGS classmates.  WGS graduates have gone into a wide range of fulfilling professional and community service roles in: social work, non-profit leadership, law, ethnic studies, human resources, education, counseling, student services, urban planning, art, healthcare, business, and more.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Gender, Race and Class 
  • Transnational Feminisms 
  • Careers in WGS 
  • Fem. Research Methodologies
  • Feminist Lecture Series
  • Queer Lecture Series

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120.

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete a high/secondary school curriculum which totals 12 years of primary-secondary education, and earn a graduation diploma or certificate
  • Complete high school curriculum with above satisfactory grades or marks which equals a 2.0 grade point average (GPA) on the 4.0 grading scale
  • Submit official high school transcript (academic record), showing all courses with grades or marks, and graduation diploma or certificate. Official transcript must be in the original language of issue. Submit certified English translations for non-English documents
  • Submit official verification of English proficiency except where English is the applicant's native language and has attended for at least three years’ full time at an institution where English was the principal language of instruction 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7724 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7724 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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National: $1,665 per 1-6 units

Living costs for Rohnert Park

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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