Majoring or Minoring in Gender, Ethnicity, and Multicultural Studies (GEMS)

Students often take classes in Ethnic and Women’s Studies (EWS) out of interest or to fulfill a GE requirement, yet they may not realize how close they are to a Gender, Ethnicity and Multicultural Studies (GEMS) major, a minor, or even a double major! A degree in GEMS strengthens a student’s preparation for entry into a variety of occupational fields: teaching, law, social work, community organizing, business, counseling, recreation, management, urban and regional planning, and the media.

GEMS minors in African American, Asian American, Chicano/Latino, Native American, Women/Gender Studies and Multicultural Leadership provide all career majors with a sophisticated and comprehensive approach to assessing political and social dynamics in an increasingly complex society.

If you would like additional information about the GEMS major or minor at Cal Poly Pomona, please contact the chair of the EWS department at (909) 869-2895 or visit our website at