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. 

Upcoming Events

Donald Trump’s (Rhetorical) Gender Gap

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 - 2:00pm

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Donald Trump has a complicated relationship with women. On the one hand, he claims to love them, to revere them, and to champion their causes. On the other hand, he’s openly sexist and misogynistic, and he has been credibly accused of sexual violence by nearly 2 dozen women. Gender theorists have done much in the past 30+ years to explain how someone can hold those two attitudes in their mind simultaneously, but many people remain perplexed that Trump manages to convince so many other people that these attitudes are not just compatible, but desirable. Rhetoricians have spent centuries trying to understand how someone like Trump manages to persuade people to support him, and rhetoric can help us understand how Trump uses persuasive symbols and why people are persuaded by him. In this talk, Dr. Ryan Skinnell, Assistant Professor of Rhetoric at San Jose State University, uses concepts from the book he edited, Faking the News: What Rhetoric Can Teach Us About Donald J. Trump, to help explain how Trump’s gender gap works rhetorically. Read more

Locker Room Talk...Or Toxic Masculinity? featuring Byron Hurt

Thursday, October 25, 2018 - 2:00pm

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Byron Hurt will focus on how hyper-masculinity in American popular culture normalizes male violence, how race, class, and gender oppression intersect, how homophobia and transphobia makes LGBT communities vulnerable to male violence, how positive male leadership and bystander intervention can end gender-based violence, and how to use cis male privilege to ally with women and girls to create shifts in male culture. Read more