Department of Women's and Gender Studies

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The Department of Women's and Gender Studies provides the opportunity for a degree at the BA level. An interdisciplinary department, Women’s and Gender Studies focuses on feminist analysis, intersectionality, and social justice as key elements of an integrated approach to the study of social relations, cultural identities, and economic and political institutions that shape the human experience. The program emphasizes the study of race, gender, class, sexuality, ethnicity and nationality, and a social justice approach for the analysis of diversity and multiculturalism, inequality, and oppression in local and global contexts. Through the development of conceptual, analytical, and critical thinking skills, the program seeks to engage students in their personal, professional, and public lives with issues of social change, activism, and citizenship. 

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in Women's and Gender Studies
  • Minor in Women's and Gender Studies
  • Minor in Social Justice Studies

Many students find positions in social services and work as advocates for women, children, and LGBTQ+ people. Students with a double major in education often pursue careers in teaching, while others attend graduate school for a degree in education and then find teaching positions in K-12 schools or colleges. The diversity of opportunities for graduates is vast and wide ranging; graduates of the program have found employment in public health, public housing, accounting, Homeland Security, and business. Others have built careers as sexuality educators, fundraisers, and in private counseling. About 30 percent of our graduates go on to professional or graduate school. Popular areas of graduate study for students in this major include the master's degree in women's and gender studies, the master's in social work (MSW), as well as medical and nursing degrees.