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The following page is a three column layout with a header that contains a quicklinks jump menu and the search CSUN function. Page sections are identified with headers. The footer contains update, contact and emergency information.



For a complete listing of our Fall 2013 courses, click on the following link and select "Gender and Women's Studies" from the drop down menu:

Class Search

For a complete listing of ALL Gender and Women's Studies courses in the catalog, please click on the following link:

GWS Course Listings

GWS Chair

The Department Chair for Gender & Women's Studies is Dr. Dianne Bartlow

Please follow the link to Dr. Bartlow's webpage (below) for her office hours and contact information.


Advising for all majors and minors in the Humanities will now be handled by the Student Services Center/EOP. Please click below for contact information.

However, GWS faculty and staff are always available to discuss various options or future career plans. Please click the link below to find contact information for various faculty:


Helpful Forms for GWS majors
GWS Student Scholarship

Every year the Gender and Women's Studies Department awards the Shannon L. Hamm Memorial Gender & Women's Studies scholarship to an outstanding GWS Junior. Click here for information on the Scholarship.

Links to GWS Clubs and Organizations

Department Information

Gender & Women's Studies Department Contact Information

California State University, Northridge

18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8251

Phone: 818-677-3110
Fax: 818-677-7094

Email us at: gws@csun.edu

The Gender and Women's Studies Department is located in Jerome Richfield 340.


Department Highlights

Phenomenal Woman Awards 2014

The 11th Biennial Phenomenal Woman Awards will be held on November 22, 2014 from 4-7 p.m. at the USU Grand Salon.

This year we are pleased to honor women who have made extraordinary contributions to our community through their scholarship, activism, and commitment to excellent including Iranian-American writer and human rights activist Parvaneh Bahar, Academy and Emmy Award winning director Freida Lee Mock, civil rights activist and teacher Dorothy Wood Lawson, and scholar and community activist Michelle Rehaja.

Anticipated Part-Time Faculty Openings

Please see the anticipated part-time faculty openings for the 2013-14 academic year (below). Please clearly identify each class you are interested in teaching on your application.

GWS 100

GWS 110

GWS 300

GWS 350

GWS in the NEWS

The Women's Research and Resource Center organizes the annual Take Back The Night event. GWS is a proud co-sponsor (along with others who partner to manifest an evening designed to draw attention to and protest violence against women. Here is the SUNDIAL article on TBTN 2013



Department Announcements and News

Silences book coverWe congratulate Dr. Sheena Malhotra for the release of her new co-edited anthology, entitled: Silence, Feminism, Power: Reflections at the Edges of Sound. 2013. Palgrave Macmillan.


We congratulate Dr. Nayereh Tohidi for being the recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant towards the creation of a new minor in "Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies" at CSU, Northridge. NEH grants are highly competitive at the national level.



Mural of Womens Studies

Phenomenal Woman Awards

The Gender and Women’s Studies Department at CSUN honors five outstanding women every two years with a Phenomenal Woman Award. The Phenomenal Woman Awards event celebrates women who have made important contributions to our community.

It also allows the Gender and Women’s Studies Department to raise funds to sponsor special programming, support student and faculty research, and finance scholarships for Women’s Studies majors. In addition, these contributions support the Women’s Resource & Research Center, the oldest continuing women’s center within the California State University system.


Phenomenal Woman Awards PWA 2012

Phenomenal Woman Honorees 2012

Phenomenal Woman Honorees 2010

Phenomenal Woman Forum 2009

Phenomenal Woman Honorees 2008

Phenomenal Woman Honorees 2006

Welcome to Gender & Women's Studies

The Gender & Women’s Studies Department at CSUN emphasizes interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and transnational studies with a focus on gender.

It includes course work in feminist theories, women and social movements, transnational feminisms, women of color feminisms, postcolonial feminism, women’s economic conditions in the context of globalization and development, productions of women in the media and literature, queer studies, women’s health and masculinity studies.

The Gender and Women’s Studies Department teaches students to view the world with a critical analytical approach grounded in a social justice framework. The department adheres to a disciplinary practice that centers on an integrative, intersectional framing of issues concerning gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, age and the differently abled.

Students at a "Take Back the Night" rally

Outstanding Graduate of GWS, June Kwon, gives speech at Freshman Convocation and encourages students to get involved and, "Find what they love."

June Kwon speaks at Freshman Convocation

The Major and Minor

The major and minor provide a background for various careers such as law, counseling and healthcare or advanced graduate degrees in fields such as Gender Studies, Women’s Studies, education, communication, political, cultural and media studies.

Gender and Women's Studies Major

Gender and Women's Studies offers a 45 unit major.

Gender and Women's Studies Major Requirements.

Gender and Women's Studies Minor

Gender and Women's Studies offers a 18 unit minor.

Gender and Women's Studies Minor Requirements

Gender and Women's Studies Learning Outcomes

Artist Credits


Artist Credits for the art used throughout the GWS webpage