Department of Women's Studies

Major Minor

With a mission to advance the goals of social justice and social change, a major in women’s and gender studies examines how people’s experiences with power, privilege, and difference are understood through the social categories of race, class, gender, ethnicity, sexual identity, age, ability, citizenship, and national origin. This framework for understanding women and gendered relations in culture and society can help identify the ways in which our institutions, organizations, and the economy are gendered, ultimately leading to ways to more directly and effectively address social change. Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that calls on a wide variety of classes ranging from anthropology to history to literature to sociology.