Women and Gender Studies
Women and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that involves an interdisciplinary, multicultural, and transnational perspective of gender inequality. Based on the conviction that gender roles are socially constructed through time, the program employs perspectives from disciplines such as history, literature, philosophy, sociology, politics, and psychology to examine how gendered experiences are created and shaped by social and economic institutions, political movements, and individual experiences. The course of study centers on teaching students how to use feminist and social justice frameworks to analyze gender oppression within local, national, and global contexts. The program encourages an analysis of how race, class, sexuality, and nationality influence the construction of gender.
Students who earn an A.A. degree in Women’s Studies may either pursue further study or obtain employment directly in fields such as health and social services, education, law, government and politics, communications and business. This major provides students with an academically well-rounded knowledge base anchored in strong critical thinking skills, through the lens of feminism and social justice.