Multicultural and Gender Studies


Why choose a degree in Multicultural and Gender Studies (MCGS)?

We are an interdisciplinary program in Women’s, Ethnic, and Sexual Diversity Studies that offers courses which draw from a variety of disciplines such as History, Sociology, Political Science, English, Religious Studies, Communications, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Anthropology, Nursing, Philosophy, and Management. Our curriculum 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. As the workforce becomes increasingly diverse, businesses and organizations are seeking individuals who possess knowledge regarding different cultures and peoples. The interdisciplinary nature of our program allows students to pursue their interests and develop a range of skills and expertise both in and outside of the classroom that are transferable to a wide variety of career fields or graduate programs. Our students are leaders on Chico State’s campus, playing active roles in the AS Women’s Center, the Cross Cultural Leadership Center, and other organizations aimed at cultivating a diverse and just environment. Our graduates are engaged in exciting work in education, law, community activism, social work, counseling, and human resources, to name a few professions.

If you are interested in learning more about our program, please feel free to contact me or any of our coordinators. We look forward to talking with you.

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

In these troubling times, a positive reminder

Multicultural & Gender Studies supports Muslims, DREAMers, DACA and undocumented students, and refugees. We believe the executive order and other anti-immigrant policies and statements by the current United States president are violations of justice, freedom, and our values as a nation. 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. Even simple reminders that fellow Wildcats and the Chico State community supports and values minority student are important, so remember:

The Chancellor of the California State University System is with us:’s-Executive-Order.aspx

Chico State President Gayle Hutchinson is with us:

And the Chico State Alumni Association is with us:



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.  


The Chicano Special Topics Course

The special topic for this Fall's Chicano Studies 498 course is "the Latinx Continuum". Click read more to see flyer and for more information.


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