Mission & Goals

Women & Gender Studies is a minor and Bachelor of Integrated Studies area of emphasis, which offers interdisciplinary, scholarly perspectives on the formation of gender and its critical intersections with other relations of power such as sexuality, race, ethnicity, class, nationality, religion and age.  Faculty and students address questions within the context of a transnational world and from different disciplines, such as, but not limited to, history, literature, sociology, communication, psychology, criminal justice, social work, political sciences and cultural studies.

Women & Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program devoted to the academic study of the roles, contributions and scholarship of women. We explore issues of race, class, sexual preference and gender as they impact women's lives in a variety of cultural contexts.

Our goals are:

  1. to build on the existing body of scholarship as the program develops an interdisciplinary curriculum about women gender issues
  2. to encourage variety in pedagogical methods for teaching
  3. to transform traditional disciplines through continuing consideration of new data, methods, theories, and analytical frameworks generated by Women & Gender Studies scholarship, helping to correct long-standing oversight of the study of women's contributions to societies throughout the world