Pursue your degree in Multicultural and Gender Studies (MCGS) here at Chico State!

Multicultural and Gender Studies is the academic face of diversity and inclusion at CSU Chico, ever striving to embody, inculcate, promote and celebrate the values of multicultural respect, awareness and understanding as fundamental to the socially and environmentally responsible democratic citizen. We offer two majors and eight minors, in which you can focus on:

  • African American Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • Chicanx/Latinx Studies
  • Managing Diversity in Organizations
  • Multicultural & Gender Studies
  • Sexual Diversity Studies
  • Women's Studies

As the workforce becomes increasingly diverse, businesses and organizations are seeking individuals who have an informed appreciation of different cultures and are able to work with a wide variety of people. Students in MCGS gain the knowledge and commitment to be socially responsible citizens in a diverse democracy and interconnected world. Our coursework focuses on analysis, critical thinking, and problem solving--within a framework of mutual respect and compassion. All graduates do a senior project and also complete an internship, where they learn hands-on how to apply theoretical concepts in the real world--this makes MCGS graduates supremely employable! Thus, our graduates are engaged in exciting work in health professions, public administration, business, education, law, community activism, social work, counseling, and human resources, to name a few professions.

We are a diverse community of scholars and activists working together to critically examine gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, ability, race, and ethnicity and to cultivate social justice through informed activism. MCGS students are leaders on Chico State’s campus, playing active roles in the AS Gender and Sexuality Equity Center, the Cross Cultural Leadership Center, and other community organizations aimed at cultivating a diverse and just environment. 

If you are interested in learning more about our program, please feel free to contact me. Let's change the world together!

Sara E. Cooper, Ph.D
Professor and Director, Multicultural and Gender Studies
Siskiyou 102

MCGS supports your diversity.

Multicultural & Gender Studies supports all students, from mainstream to minority--who have a special place in our hearts. If you are feeling threatened, please know that there are many people on campus that support you. To find out more about resources available to you here, come over to the MCGS office in Siskiyou 102, visit the Office of Diversity & Inclusion in KNDL 118, or go to the “Our Democracy” website from the Office of the President. 

Untitled-design.pngThis past November 28th was Chico State's Giving Day. We successfully raised enough money to fund our very first annual Change the World Award. Thanks to the contributions of donors, this May of 2018 during the MCGS Senior Symposium, two graduating seniors will be awarded the Change the World Award. Interested in nominating yourself for it? Visit our official Award page! Our donation page is also still open all year round to get a head start on next year's award.

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      Every year the College of Behavioral Sciences and the Department of Multicultural and Gender Studies selects students to represent and give voice to the departments. So who are your 2017-2018 Student Ambassadors?