The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum that focuses on the diverse experiences of women in both national and international contexts. The Department also examines the meaning of gender as a socially constructed category that shapes personal identities, beliefs, opportunities, and behaviors. The wide range of classes explores the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality; the institutional structures that have an impact on women’s and men’s lives; and the broad range of feminist theory that seeks to explain and influence women’s status in society. Among the areas of emphasis in Women’s & Gender Studies are gender and sexuality, queer studies, third world feminism, cultural representation and literature, women and labor, feminist theory, critical race feminism, immigration and citizenship, and social activism.
Core and affiliated faculty in the Department come from a wide range of disciplinary perspectives including history, literature, anthropology, sociology, geography, environmental studies, ethnic studies, philosophy, religious studies, architecture and fine arts, music, romance and Germanic languages, political science, public policy, and law.
The Department of Women’s & Gender Studies offers students:
- Unique opportunities to participate in internships in the community and to pursue individual research projects;
- Ability to engage in participatory learning and teaching experiences in feminist pedagogy seminars and as discussion facilitators for the introductory class; and
- Close interaction with faculty, individualized guidance and advising, and courses that prepare them for employment and/or further education in graduate schools or professional schools of law, medicine, teaching, or social work.
Current events - Upcoming events - Department News
The Department of Sociology and the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies are pleased to present a public lecture by Dr. Tey Meadow, a Cotsen Postdoctoral Fellow at Princeton and soon-to-be Assistant Professor of Sociology and Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard (July 2014).
WHAT: A lecture by Dr. Tey Meadow, Cotsen postdoctoral fellow at Princeton and upcoming Assistant Professor of Sociology and Studies of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard, July 2014
WHERE: Lillis 175
WHEN: Wednesday, March 5th, 2014
ABOUT: Something about gender is changing. In this talk, Dr....
The Departments of Women’s and Gender Studies, English and Anthropology, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Narrative, Health and Social Justice RIG of CSWS are pleased to present a public lecture by Dr. Cheryl Mattingly, Professor of Anthropology in the Division of Occupational Science and Therapy, University of Southern California.
WHAT: Public lecture and discussion, followed by a reception with light refreshments
WHERE: Gerlinger Lounge, Gerlinger Hall
WHEN: Thursday, March 6th, 2014
ABOUT: Dr. Mattingly’s talk will draw on a fifteen-year research study with African-American...
Favorite photos from the CSWS 40th anniversary.Ursula K Le Guin reading an original piece at the CSWS 40th Anniversary keynote. Naomi Wright and Professor Michael Hames-García have an on-stage discussion with Ursula K. Le Guin