Women & Gender Studies
The study of women and gender is an interdisciplinary program that addresses the dynamics of gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and power. This minor aims to expand capacities for critical reflection and analysis and to engage students with varied approaches to women’s and gender research, uniting areas of knowledge such as philosophy, the humanities, the social sciences, and history.
The Women and Gender studies major emphasizes a critical, feminist, cross-cultural, multiracial, and transnational understanding of the diversity of women’s experiences and life chances. It also seeks to reach an understanding of how questions of gender are embedded in the liberal arts and sciences tradition.
The major in the Study of Women and Gender introduces diverse perspectives and understandings concerning the reproduction of femininity and masculinity, inequality and poverty, violence and crime, race and social class, culture and media, politics and the law, and sexuality and reproductive rights in historical and contemporary contexts.
It also seeks to reach an understanding of how questions of gender are embedded in the liberal arts and science tradition.
Director, Women and Gender Studies Associate Professor
Office: Fine Arts 118
In today’s globalized and complex workplace employers seek job applicants who are sensitive to social, cultural and ethnic diversity and difference. The skills and perspective offered through the Study of Women and Gender program assist in many fields including:
- social services
- health care
- law enforcement