The study of gender is an important element in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, and natural sciences.
GENDER STUDIES PROGRAM LEARNING GOALS:
Students in Gender Studies will be able to apply multi- or interdisciplinary theoretical frameworks to analyze changes in gender and/or sexuality over time and across cultures; investigate how conceptions of gender intersect with such factors as race, class, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and/or nationality; demonstrate how social, political, legal, and/or economic power is distributed unequally and experienced differently on the basis of gender; and identify and evaluate strategies that address these inequities.
Students will conduct independent and integrative research on a controversial issue related to gender and/or sexuality as well as develop and support a well-argued ethical position on a controversial issue related to gender and/or sexuality. Students will be able to articulate how the knowledge acquired in their Gender Studies coursework informs their own lives. Students will demonstrate the interconnections between theory and practice through engaging in and reflecting on an experiential learning project in their local or international community.
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.