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.
Winter term registration is well underway, even while dead week and finals week march on!
We still have spots open in three classes (listed after the break) which satisfy the requirements for electives for the WGS major or minor and the Queer Studies minor. These courses not only examine historical context of their respective topics, but also dive into the changing contemporary landscape. All three are topic-changing classes, which means they’re not guaranteed to come around again–so if you’re interested, be sure to catch them while you can. (more…)
The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is hosting a meet ‘n’ greet for all WGS faculty and students interested in or currently enrolled in the WGS graduate certificate program. Refreshments will be served! See the flyer for more info.
The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies and the Department of Sociology invites affiliated faculty to a book proposal workshop for our newest faculty member, Dr. Oluwakemi “Kemi” Balogun and her new book, Beauty and the Beast: Nationalism, Culture, and Politics in Nigerian Beauty Pageants.
Need help with ideas you have for a conference, but confused on where to begin? Overwhelmed with the logistics of planning conferences? (more…)
The Department of Women’s and Gender Studies is collaborating with the Center for the Study of Women in Society (CSWS) and the ASUO Women’s Center to celebrate CSWS’s 40th anniversary. The celebration will be free and is to be held November 7 – 9, 2013, in the Erb Memorial Union (various rooms).
The Department of Women’s and Gender studies is inviting applications for a 0.40 FTE GTF position (Grading Assistant). The position is for Winter 2014.