Women's Studies

Welcome to CSUDH's Women's Studies Program!

Women's Studies BA Coming Soon!

The difference between a life lived actively, and a life of passive drifting and dispersal of energies, is an immense difference. Once we begin to feel committed to our lives, responsible to ourselves, we can never again be satisfied with the old, passive way.

– Adrienne Rich, “Claiming an Education”

Welcome to the Women’s Studies Program, where students are encouraged to claim their education in an active pursuit of knowledge, empathy, and social justice.  As the academic arm of the feminist movement, women’s studies has been a recognized discipline for nearly fifty years, exploring the experiences and representations of women in cultures around the world. Students taking courses in CSUDH’s Women’s Studies Program acquire the knowledge and skills to understand the history, structures, and expressions of gender inequality and how to advocate for women’s rights and freedoms.

Currently Women’s Studies offers a 15-credit minor, and will begin offering a BA in the next year. Courses in the Women’s Studies Program use feminist theories and interdisciplinary methods to teach, conduct research, and expand existing bodies of knowledge, preparing students to pursue careers and advanced degrees in multiple fields, sectors, and industries. As a richly diverse urban campus with a strong history of activism and commitment to social justice, CSUDH lends itself to women’s studies and its focus on examining how gender relates to and intersects with ethnicity, race, social class, religion, sexuality, nationality, globalization and other factors that shape women’s and men’s lives. It also aligns with the university vision for a campus where “diversity in all its forms is explored, understood, and transformed into knowledge and practice.”


CSUDH Students attend the National Women’s Studies Association’s Annual Conference 2019 in San Francisco

Student,Raquel Serrano with Angelo Davis (left) and CSDUH Graduate, Shannon Minor (right)

Faculty members Cristina Rose Smith and Jenn Brandt presented at the National Women’s Studies Association’s annual conference in San Francisco. Also in attendance were Women’s Studies major, Raquel Serrano (pictured with Angela Davis), and CSUDH graduate Shannon Minor, who presented a research poster from her Independent Study in Women’s Studies.

Las Doctoras Podcast featured on Oprah Magazine online

Las Doctoras Podcast

Women’s Studies professor Dr. Cristina Rose (Smith) and Chianca/Chicano Studies professor Dr. Renee Lemus's podcast Las Doctoras was recently featured online in Oprah Magazine!

Together, Dr. Cristina Rose and Dr. Renee Lemus host a podcast called Las Doctoras in which they discuss issues of reproductive justice, social justice, motherhood, sexuality, race, gender and more. They bridge their scholarly research as academics with our experience as Latinas, mothers, daughters, partners, and women to speak to the nuances and complexities of those intersecting identities.

Congrats to Raquel Serrano and Makonnen Tendaji Nixon for joining MMUF