Women's and Gender Studies Program
As young women and men enter the twenty-first
century, they encounter an entirely new, historically unprecedented set
of gender relations. Over the course of the twentieth century, women
have increasingly entered the public sphere of work, politics and
cultural production; and their position within the private, domestic
sphere has changed accordingly. Given this radical revision of the
position of women in all aspects of society, it is appropriate for
students to explore the causes of this gender revolution, to examine its
effects in the present, and to analyze the future possibilities for
harmonious adjustment to it.
The Women’s Studies Program:
- Supports interdisciplinary teaching and
research on women and gender, with a particular focus on the
intersections of gender with race, class, and other aspects of identity
that shape human experience.
- Encourages students to understand and value
diversity by exploring differences among people, promoting dialogue on
issues of diversity, and providing service learning experiences in the
- Offers over twenty courses in Women's and Gender Studies.
Students may complete a minor
through the Women's and Gender Studies Program or a major
through the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.