Dear Women and Gender Studies and Queer Studies Department students,
To ensure safety, CSUF has temporarily suspended all non-essential on-campus functions. All classes will continue remotely through the Spring 2021 semester. Our department is working remotely and continues to provide assistance online.
*Please contact your instructors via email if you have any questions.
*Please provide your full name and CWID in your emails and phones messages. 
*For advising information or other questions, contact the department chair, Dr. Karyl E. Ketchum at
*For general assistance, please contact the WGST/QS staff at,, or

* We will also respond to your phone inquiry. Please call, 657-278-3888.


The Women and Gender Studies and Queer Studies Department stands in solidarity with our Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) communities across the country as they respond to the violence of March 16, the spike in violence and hate crimes that has followed, and the historical systemic racism that predicts such acts. We join in solidarity with CSUF's Asian American Studies Dept. demanding an end to anti-Asian racism and violence and "an end to elected and public leaders’ intentional use of racist, anti-Asian language that scapegoats and blames APIDA communities for the COVID-19 pandemic and other social and political issues." Please read CSUF's ASAM Dept's multiple statements here.

As such times demand, we also and simultaneously hold up, affirm, and stand in solidarity with our Black students, colleagues, and communities across the country as they, too, respond to the systemic violence, racism and police violence that continues. Please read CSUF's African American Studies Department's Letter of Support To Our Students.

CSUF's WGST/QS Community is commited to dismantling white supremacy and systemic racism on our campus, in our communitties, and across our country.


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About the Women and Gender Studies and Queer Studies Programs:
Women and Gender Studies and Queer Studies courses explore the myriad ways in which the culturally-constructed understandings of gender, sexuality, and experiences and meanings related to the body and embodiment shape our identities, cultures and institutions. We pay particular attention to the intersectional modes through which these identity categories, and related effects of power, are experienced, including the influences of racialization, race, and white supremacy, class, religion, citizenship, ableism, heteronorms, and other social categories. Courses are designed to move students from exploring ideas through a variety of theoretical frames, to the application of these by way of active engagement with contemporary social issues. This can take many forms, including campus and community organizing and activism, writing, research and publishing workshops and opportunities, and occasions to work collaboratively with faculty and other students on a variety of related projects. 

What you can do with a degree or minor in Women and Gender Studies and/or the minor in Queer Studies:
The expertise WGST/QS majors, double majors, and minors gain in critical thinking, research, problem solving, leadership, social justice principles, diversity and global perspectives, and oral/written communication positively distinguish them for a variety of private and public positions, as well as being exceptional preparation for advanced university degrees. WGST/QS graduates have gone on to make significant contributions in the fields of law, social services, arts and literature, education, community development, health, human resources, business, government, psychology, and higher education, among others.

Whether you are interested in bolstering your qualifications for employment, or applying to graduate or law school, a degree or minor designation in Women and Gender Studies and/or Queer Studies demonstrates a breadth of knowledge from a diverse, interdisciplinary perspective that positively distinguishes our graduates.

Please make an appointment to meet with the WGST/QS Advisor if you'd like more information.