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, currently executive director, Orange County Rape Crisis Center
Evolving Intellectually and Personally
The professors in Hollins’ gender and women’s studies department actively encourage critical engagement with exciting, challenging material. An array of unique, fascinating courses are offered each semester, and I have evolved intellectually and personally through my involvement in the department.Monica Doebel '17