What is Women and Gender Studies?
The field of Women and Gender Studies investigates the systems of gender, power, and representation that shape the lives of women and men, girls and boys. As an interdisciplinary field of study, Women and Gender Studies' scholarship puts gender - what it means to be male or female, masculine or feminine - at the center of analysis. It asks such questions as: How does one's gender influence participation in the family, economy, politics, and the arts? How do language, ideology, and visual representation convey meanings about women's and men's status in society? How has that status changed historically? How does the experience of gender vary according to one's race, class, nationality, religion, and sexual identity? Through its interdisciplinary orientation linking the humanities, arts, social sciences, education Women and Gender Studies enables women and men to work together to promote social justice.
A major in Women and Gender Studies is an important complement to all fields and is particularly important in professions concerning people and social institutions, such as journalism, law, social work, teaching, government and more.
A Women and Gender Studies major provides an excellent preparation for graduate study in a variety of academic disciplines.
The Women and Gender Studies minor complements other minors and provides excellent career preparation for business, criminal justice, social work, psychology and international studies majors.
If you are thinking of pursuing a degree in the study of women and gender, please contact the director, Jo Reger, at firstname.lastname@example.org