Gender and Women's Studies

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  • 2014 Graduates

Gender and 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, decolonial and postcolonial feminisms, 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 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.

Department Mission

We see our department as a force for change in California, in the nation as a whole, and in the world, change which strives to achieve social justice, deepen democracy, and create world peace. 

We do this by offering students an outstanding undergraduate education in Gender & Women’s Studies. Courses in Gender & Women’s Studies are taught by faculty from numerous disciplines and different parts of the world. Our international and diverse faculty members provide excellent teaching, engaged mentoring, cutting-edge research and scholarship, and provide valuable community service locally and globally.  Read More

The Gender and Women's Studies and Women's Research and Resource Center Statement on Sexual Violence

In light of the recent reports of sexual violence  on and around the CSUN campus (see crime alerts issued 9/26/15, 10/3, 10/11), the Gender and Women's Studies Department and the Women's Research and Resource Center express our outrage and concern at the multiple incidents of rape and sexual assault that have occurred in our midst over a short period of time. Every student deserves to be safe. These incidents highlight a need for an urgent community dialogue around rape culture nationally and on our campus, raising awareness about the pervasiveness of sexual violence, as well as ensuring our students safety and access to information and resources. Read More