Our Mission and Program Goals

Our Mission

Multicultural and Gender Studies (MCGS) is an interdisciplinary program that 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.

MCGS students and faculty analyze and challenge interlocking systems of power including racism, classism, and heterosexism. We work together as a diverse community of scholars and activists to critically examine gender, sexuality, race, and ethnicity—primarily within the U.S.—in historical and contemporary cultural contexts.

We enhance the disciplines of multicultural studies and gender studies through a commitment to scholarly inquiry. We offer majors in Women’s Studies, Multicultural and Gender Studies; and minors in Multicultural Studies, African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Chicano Studies, American Indian Studies, Women’s Studies, Sexual Diversity Studies, and Managing Diversity in Organizations.

Given that rigorous academic learning is most effective when linked with community work, our students put theory into practice through service and activist internships on campus and throughout the North State. Our students—with support from MCGS faculty—work with student and community organizations such as MEChA, the AS Women’s Center, Black Leaders on Campus (BLOC), the American Indian Club, Planned Parenthood, Catalyst, and the Community Legal Information Center. Students participate in campus forums, lectures, and workshops such as the Conversations on Diversity series aimed at cultivating a diverse and just environment.

Program Goals

Students completing a degree program in MCGS will achieve the following goals:

  1. gain an appreciation of diversities of race, sex, gender as an enrichment of life, not a limitation or obstacle
  2. think critically about the situated nature of different racial/ethnic, gender, and sexual identity groups in the United States
  3. apply central vocabulary, concepts, theories, and analytical frameworks germane to the fields of multicultural and gender studies
  4. communicate effectively in speech and writing
  5. conduct library, Internet, and/or field research as appropriate to the study in one or more of the MCGS disciplines
  6. synthesize theory with practice through service and activism