Gender and Women's Studies

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Statement of Solidarity with Asian-American Communities

The racially motivated feminicides against six Asian American women in Atlanta, Georgia on March 17, 2021 demonstrate how systemic racism and systemic misogyny are a deadly concoction. It is a lethal and heart-wrenching consequence of a society founded on white and male supremacy. The vilification and exploitation of women and of all peoples not of European descent, is a society filled with hate and fear. Hate and fear becomes the lifeblood of the system that sees not only race but also gender, class, and sexuality as determinators of your social worthiness. It should not be lost on us that 70% of the victims of white violence against Asian-Americans of this pandemic year have been women. These are the crimes of patriarchy and white supremacy.  

The “invisible no more” slogan of today’s Asian-American resistance movement against the violence could not be more eloquent. It counters the invisibility of the attacks and suffering of  Asian-Americans in the U.S. We must all join forces with them and walk together to stop the madness that has taken over the land. We must be vigilant because the violence against our Asian-American kinfolk will increase as the belligerent discourse against the Chinese becomes louder in the midst of the pandemic. The Department of Gender & Women’s Studies stands in solidarity with Asian-American communities and with them demand an end to all hostilities against Asian-Americans, all women, and all people of color. It is our obligation to demand, like the Zapatistas from Mexico say, “a world in which many worlds fit” because we are one in our beautiful diversity and we all deserve a life free of violence. 

Staying Positive And Progressing While Preventing Coronavirus

The GWS faculty and staff is aware that the coronavirus transition to virtual learning has affected your college experience 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 spring 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.