Gender and women’s studies is an interdisciplinary program. It explores how systems of oppression/resistance and privilege operate. Faculty members dedicate themselves to creating an environment that fosters critical thinking. They also support student activism and peer mentoring.
The women and gender studies major provides students with an understanding of the importance of gender as a category of analysis. It also looks at gender’s intersections with race/ethnicity, class, age, sexual identity, nationality, and (dis)ability.
The minor is a scaled-down version of the major that requires six courses and an internship.
What You'll Learn
Pursue Interests in an Array of Courses
The gender and women’s studies department at Hollins has allowed me to explore my interest in unconventional feminisms. There are a variety of classes offered, and professors have a genuine respect for student input.Chelsea van der Mije
Skills for a Lifetime of Careers
As a GWS major I learned how to research my topic, write convincing arguments, do more research, and debate. Regardless of your career, you will need all of those skills.Shamecca Bryant, M.A. in sociology from American University, owner, Bryant Consulting Solutions
Immersive and Stimulating Environment
I’ve always joked that I came to a women’s college to study GWS much like one would go to France to study French. I’ve found Hollins to be similarly immersive and stimulating and the perfect place to study GWS! I’ve felt myself grow so much not only as a scholar, but as a woman through the influence of the Hollins GWS department.Elise Schloff '19