Gender and Women’s Studies is a dynamic field of inquiry that offers students the opportunity to explore issues of gender and sexuality through a major, minor, and graduate minor program. Our program not only fills in the gaps in our knowledge about women but also stimulates us to review and reflect on how our knowledge is gendered. In the spirit of feminism, our students and faculty tend to be campus and community leaders.
As a student in our program, you will develop a set of valuable critical thinking and analytical skills that will give you a solid foundation as you explore the place of women in society—locally, nationally, globally. You will also learn to examine the differences between men and women in terms of their creativity, achievements, relationships, and through life changes and experiences that are grounded in investigations of gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation in relation to disability, race, religion, nationality and social class. You will learn to question the distribution of knowledge and how it’s related to systems of power through courses and dialogue that challenge you to become activist in your thinking and your practice.
On a more practical side, a major or minor in Gender and Women’s Studies will make you more competitive in graduate school, or will prepare you for a career in:
- health (direct/structural violence against women; public health and policy; sexual/reproductive health)
- social work
- non-profit organizations
- Peace Corps
- human rights activism
- domestic violence advocacy
- law and women’s advocacy
just to name a few.
Our courses, many of which meet University Studies requirements, are cross-listed with such programs as African American Studies, Art History, American Indian Studies, American Studies, Chicano(a) Studies, Criminal Justice, Disability Studies, English, History, International Studies, Social Work (the list goes on and is always growing across disciplines and colleges). Students can do a major, minor, or graduate minor in the program, and also have the opportunity to do an internship and a senior honors project if they are in good standing. In addition, students have opportunities to participate in student groups as well as student travel abroad. Recent locations have included India and Fiji.