2023-2024 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog 
    Jun 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Cal Poly Humboldt Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Critical Race, Gender and Sexuality Studies, B.A.

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Our major lies at the intersections of Ethnic Studies (ES), Women’s Studies (WS), and Multicultural Queer Studies (MQS). This interdisciplinary program analyzes how notions of race, gender, sexuality, nation, class, physical ability, and other aspects of social location materially influence people’s lives. Students take a common core of classes then choose an emphasis in ES, WS, or MQS. 

CRGS graduates will be prepared to work in such fields as politics and government, business, social services, activism, and community organizing, and to pursue a variety of other jobs in the non-profit sector. In addition, graduates will be in a strong position to enter and successfully complete graduate study programs in the social sciences and humanities as well as obtain professional degrees and credentials leading to a range of careers. Graduates of our program are likely to pursue professions in, for example, social work, library science, education (K-12, community college, and university levels), health care (counselor, psychologist, midwife, doctor, nurse, hospice, and hospital counseling), and law (civil rights attorney, legal representation for domestic abuse and violence cases, human rights law).  

Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree

A bachelor’s degree requires a total of 120 units. Students must fulfill General Education & All-University Requirements , residency, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Bachelor’s Degree Requirements . This major includes a Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) certified course.

Requirements for the Major (42 Units)

All courses required for the major must be completed with a minimum grade of C-.

Core Courses (26 Units)


Complete one of the following emphases to fulfill the requirements of the major.   

Ethnic Studies Emphasis (16 Units)

Multicultural Queer Studies Emphasis (16 Units)

Multicultural Queer Studies Elective Courses

Complete 12 units from the following list. Select courses in consultation with major advisor. Courses not on this list require advisor approval.

Women’s Studies Emphasis (16 Units)

Women’s Studies Elective Courses

Complete 12 units from the following list, chosen in consultation with a major advisor. At least one elective course must have a transnational focus.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing this program will:

  • Use intersectional analysis to examine social issues
  • Explain prominent debates in critical social theory
  • Examine gendered, racialized, and/or sexualized relations in a transnational context
  • Link theory to practice
  • Write effectively within scholarly contexts
  • Articulate the relationship between social justice movements and history

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