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Women and Gender Studies (WGS) offers specific information and enlightenment that encourages personal and political empowerment, self-confidence, community building, ways to understand differences, and how gender intersects with multiple diversities, experiences and identities.

What will I learn?

Throughout the world, people are discussing gender in broader terms. Equity, diversity and global connections are at the forefront of many topics.

Gain knowledge and experience in activism and human rights as you examine the history and ideas of gender across time, geography and media. Develop your critical thinking in history, politics, anthropology, art and literature, media relations and cultural studies.

You will:

  • Assess the cultural and social construction of gender
  • Discuss the history, experiences and contributions of women to society
  • Learn how gender influences the lives of all people, whether they identify as women, men, transgender or nonbinary
  • Increase your written and oral communication skills
  • Study sexuality and sexual orientation with an interdisciplinary approach

Gender Studies requires thinking about positive change for the future while recognizing past events and consequences. These classes enhance any course of study.


At JCCC, you’ll learn from instructors (not teaching assistants). We offer:

  • Options that complement gender studies and stretch your interdisciplinary thinking.
  • Designated classes that transfer as a diversity credit to many Kansas colleges. All JCCC WGS coursework transfers to the University of Kansas Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies degree program.
  • More debate and intimate conversations with other students in smaller classes (25 max).
  • Interdisciplinary courses with exposure to experts in history, art history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, literature, film and political science.
  • A choice of face-to-face or online classes.
  • Lower tuition than four-year schools — you’ll pay less for similar coursework.
  • A variety of relevant student clubs like the American Association of University Women to meet with like-minded friends.
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Gender Studies emphasizes critical thinking across disciplines, which can be vital to career success. Evaluating gender opportunities that women and men face daily will make you a more successful leader in any organization and effective in diverse work settings, such as:

  • Human Resources Management
  • Politics
  • Law
  • Policy Planning
  • Social Work
  • Research
  • Teaching and Education
  • Media and Journalism
  • Community Development
  • Women’s Services
  • Human Rights and Equal Opportunity

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Money matters. JCCC is working hard to make tuition affordable for you.

Here’s what we offer:

Supplies and textbook costs vary depending on your classes.