The department recently changed its name to Gender Studies, to reflect current developments in feminist theory and open up new possibilities for scholarship. Our program continues to offer an inclusive, interdisciplinary education that is focused on issues of equity, power and social justice, with a particular emphasis on women's experiences and contributions.
Mindful of the complexities of a diverse society, we explore how gender intersects with race, class, sexual orientation, age, and ability to create systems of inequities that shape human experiences across cultures and nations, throughout history, and in contemporary society. We are concerned with the impact of gender relations on our social roles and identities, public and private relationships, ideas and institutions.
Gender Studies courses will help you to approach your education critically and to question received knowledge about the world. Topics are thought-provoking, debates are lively. You will learn how to discuss and develop theories, methods and practical strategies aimed at enhancing women's contributions and understanding sex/gender in all areas of human experience. Courses are relevant both globally and at the most profound personal level: transformation is possible! The program benefits from the expertise of core faculty in the department and also draws from a strong, broad-based community of feminist scholars across the university. Our faculty will engage you in a dynamic and rapidly expanding area of study that will shape your views and your life. You will be empowered to contribute to the production of feminist interdisciplinary knowledge and to become an agent of social change.
You may choose among three degrees: a three-year minor, a four-year medial in Gender Studies and another discipline, or a four-year major. In addition to students in our degree programs, many students from other disciplines take our courses because they find that they are a good way to gain a critical understanding of their own areas of study.
No specific high school course is required to pursue a concentration in Women's Studies.
You may take this program in conjunction with any concentration. It addresses academic and societal developments in the area of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender ideas, movements, activism and histories. Students electing to pursue this program will be better equipped to work within areas in which queer issues may be found; the program may address their own personal desire to study aspects of their (and other's) identities; and they may want to further their scholarship in the study of sexualities, gender, race, class, (dis)ability, etc.
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