Multicultural and Gender Studies
Multicultural and Gender Studies (MCGS) prepares students for a diverse
workplace and society by providing knowledge, skills, and strategies for
appreciating and understanding cultural practices, contributions, identities,
and gender roles. All programs include research and hands-on experiences
that help students make connections between scholarship and activism.
The BA in Multicultural and Gender Studies provides an interdisciplinary
approach to cultural analysis within and across cultural groups in the
United States, with emphasis on the role of class, race, and gender in
shaping cultural identities.
The General Option in Multicultural and Gender Studies includes work in
the theory and practice of cultural analysis; cross-cultural and interethnic
study; study of the role of gender in culture; and close analysis of a
particular cultural group.
The Womens Studies Option in Multicultural and Gender Studies is based
on a combination of multicultural and gender studies courses and courses
focused on women and feminist analysis. The Center is a member of the National
Womens Studies Associaion.
The African American Studies Minor focuses on African Americans, both as
cultural groups in diaspora and as active agents in the shaping of the
The American Indian Studies Minor focuses on the history, literature, worldviews,
social practices, and legal issues of Indian tribes.
The Asian American Studies Minor focuses on rapidly growing cultural groups
from Japan, China, Korea, Philippines, Southeast Asia and India in the
The Chicano Studies Minor focuses on the history, cultural expressions,
social practices and growing political power of Mexican Americans.
Managing Diversity in Organizations is a joint minor with the Department
of Management. This minor brings together the two disciplines to analyze
and develop strategies for effectively managing diverse work environments.
The Multicultural Studies Minor offers an introduction to the theory and
practice of cultural analysis, study of cross-cultural and interethnic
issues, and close work with a particular American ethnic group.
The Womens Studies Minor introduces students to the theory and practice
of cultural and feminist analysis, basic issues and perspectives in womens
The Center works with and advises a number of student organizations including
MEChA, Pan African Union, the Womens Center, the Asian Student Association,
the American Indian Club, and Re-Entry.
The Center supports the universitys commitment to introduce students to
the rich and diverse world culture of the 21st century by emphasizing the
importance of internationalism, multiculturalism and diversity. Our programs
are particularly relevant to students considering careers in teaching,
law, management, health and community services, public administration,
human resources, non-profits, and public policy.