Multicultural and Gender Studies

Careers for MCGS Majors & Minors

A major or minor in Multicultural and Gender Studies emphasizes critical thinking, collaborative learning, activism, and advocacy, all skills which can be applied to a host of careers--especially leadership positions.

A degree in MCGS demonstrates to potential employers that, in addition to having the determination and focus to earn a college degree, you are well-rounded, having studied across a wide range of academic disciplines. Additionally, you have learned to look beneath the surface, to see and analyze complexities of issues and situations; you are sensitive to and value human diversity. Consequently, as a potential employee you likely are able to think more globally many other job applicants.

Our majors tend to enter positions of leadership and service in a variety of fields. There is a growing demand in the professions of management, health and community service, public administration, non-profits, government service, and public policy for individuals with educational backgrounds in diversity issues. Similarly, there are increasing opportunities for consultant work in industry, higher education, insurance companies, and personnel firms.

What can I do with a major in MCGS?

Our MCGS graduates have become:

  • Advisor to U.S. Senator
  • Associate Director of Catalyst Domestic Violence Shelter
  • Senior Associate Attorney
  • Director of Strategic Planning and Research at Audrey Sheppard Women’s Health Consulting
  • Deputy Press Secretary, Rapid Response at Human Rights Campaign
  • Regional Manager at Women's Health Specialists
  • Associate Director of External Affairs at U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
  • Community Organizer, National Center for Transgender Equality
  • Outreach/Counselor at Rape Crisis Intervention and Prevention
  • Product Manager, Access & Publishing Group at California Digital Library
  • Assistant Press Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Associate Director of Student Life for Social Justice and Service, Southern Oregon University
  • Sr. Communication Specialist at Kiewit and advocate for "at-risk"​ youth
  • Recruiter for Bay Area tech companies
  • Operations Manager at Girls Leadership, SF
  • General Manager at Old Navy, GAP Inc.
  • Marketing Coordinator at Zephyr Real Estate
  • Medical Services Coordinator at Planned Parenthood Northern California
  • Education Coordinator at American Institute for Social Justice
  • Program Assistant at ACTION Council of Monterey County
  • Professor of English, CSU Chico
  • Lecturer of Multicultural & Gender Studies, CSU Chico
  • Events Associate, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates
  • Facilities Coordinator, JLL at Verizon
  • Crisis Intervention Manager at Verity

three professors in the graduate ceremony

 Faculty member giving a speech at the graduation ceremony

A Taste of What MCGS Offers
Follow Chico State MCGS graduates as they embark on their journeys from Wildcat Alums into amazing positions in the field. From jobs in Hawai'i all the way to Washington, D.C., see where your degree can take you!