Gender and Women's Studies

Gender and Women's Studies

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GWS AB1460 Statement of Gratitude

The Gender and Women's Studies Department, the Queer Studies Program, and the Women's Research and Resource Center would like to congratulate the Ethnic Studies Council and the Cal State students for the passage of AB 1460, a bill requiring the California State University to provide courses in ethnic studies at each of its campuses. We would like to especially acknowledge the work of CSUN faculty, Stevie Ruiz, Martha Escobar, Rosa RiVera Furumoto, Tracy Buenavista, Gina Masequesmay, Theresa Montano, and Theresa White as well as the numerous CSUN students who skillfully represented our campus for the last few years. We also thank and congratulate Assembly Member Shirley Weber for sponsoring the bill and mobilizing legislative support. Because of the foresight, diligence, and organizing prowess of our colleagues, students and allies, the state of California has an opportunity to begin reversing centuries old racism, bigotry and discrimination and to build real democracy based on justice and equity. Of course, this is just the beginning, and we will continue to demand a more just university system at all levels. But for now, let's celebrate our colleagues.

Staying Positive And Progressing While Preventing Coronavirus

The GWS faculty and staff is aware 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 of how you will successfully complete your studies. I want you to know that our faculty is diligently doing everything possible to ensure that our students experience a productive and successful fall semester. Let your professors know when you need help or reasonable accommodation with your coursework.

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.