Gender and Women's Studies Major

Our gender and women’s studies major examines and analyzes the construction of gender, race, class, and sexuality in an interdisciplinary approach across the humanities and social sciences. You'll study current and past systems, in the US and across the globe, to become informed and knowledgeable citizens and become agents of change in the world.

The Experience
Faculty who teach in gender and women’s studies represent departments throughout the College. They share a commitment to helping you develop the skills to interpret and analyze systems of oppression and ultimately, to work toward a more just society.

The Requirements
You'll have many choices in courses under topics like the gendered body, the intersectionaliities of gender, race, class, sexuality, and transnational perspectives on gender. To fulfill the senior comprehensive requirement, you'll give a presentation of your senior research paper to gender and women’s studies faculty and students. 

The Writing
Gender and women’s studies majors complete their advanced writing proficiency by writing a senior research paper in an independent study capstone course, taken in the fall of the senior year. The paper is a continuation of the research begun in a feminist methodologies course, taken in the spring of junior year.

The Results
Graduates with a degree in gender and women’s studies go on to become agents of change throughout the world, working to serve those most in need. Prior to implementing gender and women’s studies as a major in 2014, the program had some graduates whose student-designed majors included gender and women’s studies. These graduates have gone to graduate school in public service, women's studies, and communications, and have worked for a women's advocacy group.

Graduates with a gender and women’s studies minor have gone to graduate school in social work, psychology, education, and religion. They have worked for the Peace Corps, women's advocacy groups, and women's shelters.