Got Diversity? Want to change the world?

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, all 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
Meriam Library 171

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 Mariam Library room 171, visit the Office of Diversity & Inclusion in KNDL 118, or go to the “Our Democracy” website from the Office of the President. 

Untitled-design.png November 28th, 2017 was Chico State's first annual Giving Day. We successfully raised enough money to fund our very first Change the World Award. Thanks to the contributions of donors, two graduating seniors will be awarded the Change the World Award this May of 2018 during the MCGS Senior Symposium. 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.

What's going on?

Open House
Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, 12–2 p.m.

MCGS Career Seminar

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, 4-5:30 p.m.

  • Special Topics: Hip-Hop Culture

    Fall 2018 will be featuring an intriguing new special topic course for AFAM 298: Hip-Hop Culture. The course, slated to be taught by Dr. Vernon Andrews, Ph.D., will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:45, so make sure to save that slot when enrollment comes around!
  • A Fall 2018 Feature: Activist Blogging Course Offering

    A new course has made its way from concept to a Memorandum of Intent and now, finally, a featured spot this coming Fall of 2018: Journalism 398, "Activist Blogging". The three-unit course is a discussion class that will focus on blogging as an invaluable resource for reading, writing, reflection, and sharing activism-related ideas through a web-platform.
MCGS Tee Shirts For Sale
mcgs logo tee shirt
Get your very own official MCGS t-shirt!

The shirts are available for the low cost of only 15$ and are available for pick-up from 9 to 4 pm from Monday through Friday. Sizes range from small (S) to three-extra large (3XL).