College of Behavioral & Social Sciences

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Multicultural and Gender Studies (MCGS) is an interdisciplinary program that furthers the university’s goal of providing students with the knowledge and commitment to be socially responsible citizens in a diverse democracy and interconnected world. MCGS students and faculty analyze and challenge interlocking systems of power including racism, classism, and heterosexism. We work together as a diverse community of scholars and activists to critically examine gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity—primarily within the U.S.—in historical and contemporary cultural contexts. We enhance the disciplines of multicultural studies and gender studies through a commitment to scholarly inquiry. We offer majors in Women’s Studies, Multicultural and Gender Studies; and minors in Multicultural Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano Studies, American Indian Studies, Women’s Studies, Sexual Diversity Studies, and Managing Diversity in Organizations. Given that rigorous academic learning is most effective when linked with community work, our students put theory into practice through service and activist internships on campus and throughout the North State. We work closely with student and community organizations as well as contribute to forums, lectures, and workshops aimed at cultivating a diverse and just environment.