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Multicultural and Gender Studies

Multicultural and Gender Studies (MCGS) prepares students for a diverse workplace and society by providing knowledge, skills, and strategies for appreciating and understanding cultural practices, contributions, identities, and gender roles. All programs include research and hands-on experiences that help students make connections between scholarship and activism.

The BA in Multicultural and Gender Studies provides an interdisciplinary approach to cultural analysis within and across cultural groups in the United States, with emphasis on the role of class, race, and gender in shaping cultural identities.

The General Option in Multicultural and Gender Studies includes work in the theory and practice of cultural analysis; cross-cultural and interethnic study; study of the role of gender in culture; and close analysis of a particular cultural group.

The Women’s Studies Option in Multicultural and Gender Studies is based on a combination of multicultural and gender studies courses and courses focused on women and feminist analysis. The Center is a member of the National Women’s Studies Associaion.

The African American Studies Minor focuses on African Americans, both as cultural groups in diaspora and as active agents in the shaping of the United States.

The American Indian Studies Minor focuses on the history, literature, worldviews, social practices, and legal issues of Indian tribes.

The Asian American Studies Minor focuses on rapidly growing cultural groups from Japan, China, Korea, Philippines, Southeast Asia and India in the United States.

The Chicano Studies Minor focuses on the history, cultural expressions, social practices and growing political power of Mexican Americans.

Managing Diversity in Organizations is a joint minor with the Department of Management. This minor brings together the two disciplines to analyze and develop strategies for effectively managing diverse work environments.

The Multicultural Studies Minor offers an introduction to the theory and practice of cultural analysis, study of cross-cultural and interethnic issues, and close work with a particular American ethnic group.

The Women’s Studies Minor introduces students to the theory and practice of cultural and feminist analysis, basic issues and perspectives in women’s studies.

Student Organizations

The Center works with and advises a number of student organizations including MEChA, Pan African Union, the Women’s Center, the Asian Student Association, the American Indian Club, and Re-Entry.

Career Outlook

The Center supports the university’s commitment to introduce students to the rich and diverse world culture of the 21st century by emphasizing the importance of internationalism, multiculturalism and diversity. Our programs are particularly relevant to students considering careers in teaching, law, management, health and community services, public administration, human resources, non-profits, and public policy.