Gender and Women's Studies

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Gender and Women's Studies

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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. 


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. Continue reading about our mission. 

Student Learning Outcomes

The Gender and Women’s Studies Department at CSUN teaches students to view the world with a critical analytical approach grounded in a social justice framework. Continue reading our Student Learning Outcomes.

Featured Events

Social Movements in Africa

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 - 9:00am to 4:00pm

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Please join us at the 7th Annual CSUN African Studies Symposium. This year's theme, Social Movements in Africa, includes a keynote address by Nisrin Elamin Abdelrahman of Stanford University discussing African Springs: How Social Movements Build People Power across the Continent. For more information, please Read more