Gender and Sexuality Studies Department

The Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Saddleback College explores how women's and men's lives are affected by society's values, traditions and institutions. The curriculum examines how belief structures, historical events, political systems and economic institutions shape the status of women and men in a domestic and global perspective, as well as how these experiences differ by race, class, ethnicity, nationality, religion, ability and sexual orientation.

The Gender and Sexuality Studies curriculum is interdisciplinary in scope and teaching, with faculty members from across a range of disciplines teaching within the major and courses count as general education requirements for the Associate in Arts degree and for university transfer programs. When courses are combined, students can complete a major for an AA degree, plus accumulate the prerequisites needed for a transfer major in Gender and Sexuality Studies.


In many instances, Gender and Sexuality Studies courses provide the only information students may receive about the literary, artistic, scientific and political contributions of women throughout history. Students are encouraged to study, interpret and critique the experiences of women by examining the theories of feminist scholars and the contributions of writers, artists, and social activists of varying backgrounds. In an effort to be as inclusive as possible, the curriculum stresses not only the acquisition of analytic skills, but also the integration of personal and social awareness.

The Gender and Sexuality Studies program at Saddleback, now entering its third decade, represents a core of evolving knowledge that has developed into a major new discipline.






Full-Time Faculty  

April Cubbage, Ph.D. View profile information for Staff Member April Cubbage, Ph.D. Faculty Website April Cubbage, Ph.D.
Office BGS 300
(949) 582-4636

Margot Lovett, Ph.D. View profile information for Staff Member Margot Lovett, Ph.D Faculty Website Margot Lovett, Ph.D

Fall 22 Chair

Office BGS 305
(949) 582-4993

Part-Time Faculty

Stephanie D'Auria  View profile information for Staff Member Stephanie D'Auria, Faculty Website Stephanie D'Auria,

Malia Womack



Core Courses and Resources

Gender and Sexuality Studies

  • WS 10 Introduction to Women's Studies
  • WS 11H Honors Introduction to Feminist Theory
  • WS 15 Introduction to Queer Studies
  • WS 31 Gender and Popular Culture
  • WS 120 Women and Careers


        Faculty and Students


            Student Learning Outcomes

            Gender and Sexuality Associate of Arts



Grants, Scholarships, and Financial Aid


 Financial Aid for Women

Graduate Scholarships for Women

Graduate Scholarships for Women in STEM

Scholarships, Programs, and Organizations for Women in STEM