What is Women's and Gender Studies?
Women's and Gender Studies examines the world through the lens of gender. Women's and Gender Studies crosses cultures, regions, periods, academic disciplines, and theories in order to study the social roles and sexual identities in the contexts of race, class, and ethnicity, as well as why and how gender has influenced who we are and what we do.
The 18 credit minor prepares students to better understand individuals, particularly but not only women, and the social structures that impact the lives of individuals. It also prepares students to think, research, and write while using strong interdisciplinary skills. Thus Women's and Gender Studies is an essential component of a liberal arts education.
Women's and Gender Studies draws upon methods and content from a wide range of disciplines, including anthropology, literature and the arts, biology, economics, history, political science, psychology, religion, and sociology. It seeks to extend students' intellectual development by helping them to understand women's accomplishments and capabilities, and by looking beyond the limits of traditional gender-differentiated roles.
What can you do with a Women's and Gender Studies minor?
Any student may elect Women's and Gender Studies as a minor in addition to a disciplinary or interdisciplinary major. The minor is excellent preparation for further study in law as well as for graduate programs in women's studies, psychology, social work, literature, visual culture and education. Graduates with women's and gender studies minors are working in a variety of fields, including business, child and family services, education, journalism, medicine, ministry, politics, fine arts and social service administration.
Women's and Gender Studies prepares students to think critically about issues with which they will be faced all of their lives professionally and personally.