Gender Studies

Our Mission

• To place gender at the center of scholarly analysis.

• To study how gender fundamentally shapes our history and culture, in ways we often overlook.

• To highlight gender as a driving force in social life for both women and men.

Our Goals

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• To examine gender as a system of ideas defining masculinity and femininity, delineating differences between the sexes, and regulating expressions of sexuality.

• To provide a rich understanding of gender as a social construction that intersects with class, race, age, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, and sexual identity.

• To integrate insights about gender from the social and behavioral sciences, humanities, and the arts, and to use gender as a way to interrogate the boundaries between these existing bodies of knowledge.

• To examine the lives and experiences of groups which have been underrepresented in traditional academic work — e.g., women, ethnic and religious minorities, gays and lesbians, the poor and working class.

• To acquaint students with the fundamental methodologies of women’s and gender studies.

How Gender Studies Can Benefit You

Fuel your intellectual growth and curiosity:

  • Encounter ideologies that have been used to explain women’s and men’s natures, roles, and societal functions
  • Be exposed to new scholarship, to feminist theory, and to critiques of feminism
  • Let your coursework in Gender Studies revise and redefine scholarship in the traditional academic disciplines

For your career growth:

  • Receive useful preparation for training in the professions: education, law, health sciences, social work, policy studies, or management
  • Enhance your opportunities to pursue postgraduate training in the social sciences and the humanities
  • Be well-prepared for employment in management, human resources, public service and sales

Foster your personal growth:

  • Encounter a rich and flexible liberal arts education which integrates knowledge across traditional academic boundaries
  • Enhance your awareness of the subliminal messages you receive about gender in the media, in everyday conversation, in your personal relationships, and in social and educational institutions

Helpful Links

Gender Studies Minor

Fall 2017 Gender-Related Courses

Gender Studies Course List

Catalog Information

Gender Studies Faculty

Gender Studies Lecture Series