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Gender and Women’s Studies

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College of Humanities

  • Chair: Sheena Malhotra
  • Jerome Richfield Hall (JR) 340
  • (818) 677-3110
  • www.csun.edu/gws




The Major

The Gender and Women’s Studies Department emphasizes interdisciplinary, cross-cultural and transnational studies with a focus on the intersectionality of gender, race, class and sexuality. It includes course work in feminist theories, women and social movements, transnational feminisms, women of color feminisms, postcolonial feminism, women’s economic conditions in the context of globalization and development, productions of women in the media and literature, women and religion, queer studies, women’s health and masculinity studies.

The Gender and Women’s Studies Department teaches students to view the world with a critical analytical approach grounded in a social justice framework. The Department adheres to a disciplinary practice that centers on an integrative, intersectional framing of issues concerning gender, race, class, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity, age and the differently abled.

Academic Advisement

The Gender and Women’s Studies Department helps students select the program and courses that best satisfy their individual needs and interests. Contact Sheena Malhotra (Chair) at (818) 677-3110 to schedule an appointment. The College of Humanities (COH) Student Services
Center/EOP reviews students’ progress to ensure that the requirements of a major or minor in Gender and Women’s Studies are fulfilled. Call (818) 677-4784 or (818) 677-4767 to schedule an appointment with the COH Student Services Center/EOP.


A degree in Women’s Studies is an avenue to jobs in the mass media, public relations, community and labor organizing, social work, counseling, teaching and government, as well as new fields, such as women’s career training. Specialized career preparation may be obtained by combining the Women’s Studies major with a minor from another Department. In addition, a Bachelors of Science in Women’s Studies provides an entry for advanced graduate degrees in fields such as women’s studies, gender and ethnic studies, law, education, health care, social sciences, global studies, the arts, and cultural and communication studies.


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