Multicultural and Gender Studies


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 one major and seven minors, in which you can focus on:

  • African American Studies
  • American Indian Studies
  • Asian American Studies
  • Chicanx/Latinx Studies
  • Managing Diversity in Organizations
  • Multicultural 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. 


The Lounge

Come one, come all!

The Lounge is an all new student hangout space created and located in the Multicultural and Gender Studies Department offices, located in Siskiyou 102. Students are welcome to come in and decompress, use our available computers, chill on our oh-so-comfortable couch or seats, and even reserve the room for group or club activities! Snacks are available for a quick bite between reading, studying, or even just fiddling around on your phone to kill time.  


New Latinx Professor on Campus!

Historian Dr. Shelly Tirado joins us from the Bay Area--she specializes in Latinx, Native American, African American, and Women's Studies. 


Commencement 2017

MCGS Students at Commencement



Lavender Graduation "Existing, Thriving, Celebrating Our Resilience"

The 6th Annual Lavender Graduation, a graduation ceremony for LGBTQ+ identified students and allies, took place Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the Paul Zingg Recital Hall.

Dr. Sara Cooper, MCGS Director was the emcee at the ceremony and Dr. Nandi Crosby, MCGS professor was the keynote speaker. This year's theme was "Existing, Thriving, Celebrating Our Resilience."Lavender graduation