Gender and Women’s Studies

Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies explores how gender and sexual identities shape and are shaped by daily life, culture and politics. Emphasizing the importance of historical and cross-cultural perspectives, the department’s courses critically examine the intersections of gender and sexuality with race, nation, class, and other identities to make visible the structures of power that otherwise remain hidden.

From more than 65 course offerings, such as Gender, Race, and Media, Women, Gender, and Globalization, Unruly Bodies, and Queer Representation in Film and Television, students gain a solid knowledge base of contemporary social and cultural theory, skills in critical thinking, reading, and communication, and leadership training grounded in the principles of social change and social justice. Many courses in GWST are also crosslisted courses, so the department readily accommodates double majors. We currently have crosslisted courses in 17 different departments across campus.

Gender, Women’s, + Sexuality Studies sponsors a living-learning community — Women Involved in Learning and Leadership (WILL+) — where students live in the residence hall with other students committed to diverse gender and social justice issues and practice leadership skills in a setting that promotes academic excellence and community engagement. Through WILL+, students have the opportunity to work with persons of diverse backgrounds and opinions, to meet with nationally and internationally renowned speakers and activists, and to work with feminist and other social change organizations.

GWST will prepare you to think on your feet, understand complex social, political, and cultural issues, write and speak clearly, and connect with people of diverse backgrounds. This skill set is unique to a liberal arts education and can carry you into a number of industries. Our graduates become empowered and engaged leaders wherever their lives take them. They work in a variety of fields  including non-profit and community organizing, education, public health, law, media, and government/public policy at the local, national, and global level. In addition, many of our students go to graduate school in history, psychology, medicine, library science, social work, and a number of other fields!

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