Gender and Women's Studies

Gender and Women's Studies

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Statement of the GWS Department Regarding the Killing of Black Trans Women

This past week saw the brutal killings of two black trans women, Dominque "Rem'mie"Fells of Philadelphia, PA, and Riah Milton of Liberty Township, Ohio. These murders came on the heels of the police killing of Tony McDade, a black trans man, on May 27, 2020. Violence against the Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Community, including fatal violence, is an epidemic, with black trans women bearing the brunt of this violence. Since the start of the year, there have been 14 reported murders of trans and gender non-conforming people in the US. Moreover, these killings take place in the backdrop of assaults on LGBTQ+ rights and continued state violence targeting peaceful protesters against police brutality around the country. The Gender and Women's Studies Department, the Queer Studies Program, and the Women's Research and Resource Center at CSUN stand in solidarity with protesters on the street demanding justice Dominque, Riah, Tony, and so many others, and we demand an end to the violation and murder of trans and gender non-conforming people at the hands of police and civilians. #ALLBLACKLIVESMATTER.

Statement of the Department of Gender & Women's Studies in Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies stands in solidarity with the Black community and all allies protesting in the streets against police terror, and for racial justice. The systematic killing of Black people by law enforcement with impunity is a political tactic of a white supremacist state in place since the foundation of the nation. Today the US descends into chaos after decades of decimation of the common good and racial injustice, a global pandemic that has laid bare the extreme race, gender and class inequities of this country, and a profound crisis of capitalism that promises to end whatever is left of the commons. The confluence of these political, socioeconomic catastrophes signals the collapse of this nation amidst a complete lack of political leadership. As feminist scholars and activists, we demand an end to brutal social and political violence that results in routine killings of Black and Brown people.  We demand that the voices of the marginalized take center stage. We demand that we maintain an unwavering gaze on the normalized racial dehumanization and state violence that have become hallmarks of this country. We furthermore remain committed to helping create genuine democratic political structures based on principles of social justice, peace, and equality. We expect nothing less than accountable leaders who will demilitarize and reduce the excessive funding for the police, halt mass incarceration and detention, and allocate resources for education, health and social services based on need not greed. We all deserve better! Rest in Peace: Breonna Taylor, Sandra Bland, George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Sean Reed, Tony McDade, and the many more victims of police brutality. #SayTheirNames


Staying Positive And Progressing While Preventing Coronavirus

 The GWS Faculty and Staff recognize that the Coronavirus transition to virtual learning may have disrupted some of your class schedules and schoolwork, let alone your lives. This may cause anxiety and worry about how you will successfully complete the semester. I want you to know that our faculty is diligently doing everything possible to ensure that our students experience a productive and successful spring semester. Let your professors know when you need help or reasonable accommodation with your course work. 

 The GWS department is operating virtually. If you call and leave a message someone will call you back, 818-677-3110 or you can email inquiries to 

Advising for all majors and minors in the Humanities is mostly handled by the Student Services Center/EOP.  However, the GWS Department has a faculty advisor that can discuss with you various options for courses or future career plans. Our Faculty Advisor is Dr. Sheena Malhotra. To make an appointment click here:

 If you feel some anxiety about what you are hearing about the coronavirus or how to cope in this environment, you may want to get information from:

 About Us

 The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies 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. 

Now you can Double Major in Gender & Women's Studies!

Double majoring in Gender & Women’s Studies is one of the best career choices you have  today at CSUN.  Make yourself distinctive from others in your primary major by adding GWS as a double major. It is easy to do. Select out of a variety of combinations of majors that pique your interests and become an expert in gender and another area of study. Talk to our academic advisors about designing a plan that fits your needs.