Gender and women's studies is an interdisciplinary program that examines how systems of oppression/resistance and privilege operate. It is designed to provide students with an understanding of the importance of gender as a category of analysis and its intersections with race/ethnicity, class, age, sexual identity, sexual orientation, and (dis)ability.
Women's lives today are increasingly shaped by global transformations in work, technology, politics, and popular culture resulting in profound changes in gender roles and expectations. Gender and women's studies explores these issues in both national and global contexts.
The gender and women's studies faculty members are dedicated to creating an environment that fosters critical thinking, supports student activism, and emphasizes faculty/student and peer mentoring. Students are encouraged to question conventional wisdom and to participate actively in their education.
Gender and women's studies helps prepare students for a variety of careers. Women interested in law, education, politics, business, and the arts will be well prepared by the gender and women's studies major. Understanding the importance of gender in society helps women to have successful careers and lives and to promote social justice and gender equity.
Many students also undertake independent experiential learning projects. Some recent examples: