The study of gender is an important element in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences. 


Students in Gender Studies will be able to understand sex and gender as social constructs that are intersectional and vary across time, space, or culture. Students will reflect on how constructs of sex and gender apply to their own lives as well as their interactions with others. Students will cultivate interest in societal concerns related to sex, gender, and inequality. Students will cultivate the habit of questioning gender constructs, both in and out of the classroom. 

Students will understand, compare, and evaluate a range of gender theories from multiple disciplines that inform and structure the field of Gender Studies. They will understand, analyze, and critique social and cultural systems of power that create and reinforce hierarchies of difference. They will also develop the skills - analytical and activist—to become agents of change regarding justice and gender equality in their local and international communities. 

Gender Course and Approved Electives:

Requirements for the Gender Studies Major (40 Credits)
Requirements for the Gender Studies Minor (20 Credits)
Gender Studies Approved Electives

Gender Studies 4-year Plan for students on the Common Curriculum for students who enrolled prior to Spring 2020

Gender Studies 4-year Plan for students on the Common Curriculum for students who enrolled Spring 2020

Student Advising Worksheet Integrations Curriculum for students who enrolled beginning Fall 2020

Go Abroad with the Gender Studies Department

Gender Studies students have studied gender in Ecuador, Japan, Turkey, and Norway. Upcoming Study Abroad courses include South Korea and Brazil.

“Gender and Culture in South Korea” is a May term course that will be taught by Dr. Sucharita Mukherjee (Economics/Gender Studies).  It will focus on understanding how gender equality has been advanced by non-profit organizations, public policy, academic efforts, and media representations.  Parallels and divergences between gender norms in South Korea and the U.S. will also be examined. 

“Inequality, Race and Gender in Brazil” is a spring 2020 embedded course taught by Political Science/Gender Studies professor Dr. Pedro dos Santos. It will examine how the economic growth of the past century has exacerbated long lasting inequalities that date back to the colonial period, with the legacy of slavery looming larger to this day. These inequalities, when analyzed more deeply, show that race and gender are important topics to address when studying the country's battle for social and economic development.