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Women's and Gender Studies Program

Welcome to the Women’s and Gender Studies program where intellectual inquiry and community activism empowers our faculty, staff, and students.

Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field of research and teaching that places gender and women at the center of inquiry and seeks to blur rigid boundaries between classroom, campus, and community spaces; in other words, we strive for engaged, active learning, teaching, and research. The program relies on collaboration between academic departments, including English, History, Sociology, Psychology, and Family and Consumer Sciences, enabling students and faculty to utilize the perspectives and methodologies of Women's Studies across traditional disciplines. We are committed to developing and coordinating interdisciplinary undergraduate courses and offering public programming.

The program strives to develop students’ understanding of gender as a social construct informed by race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and nationality; to strengthen students’ knowledge of women’s experiences and contributions; and to empower students as change-agents.

Women’s and Gender Studies encourages learning outside the classroom as well. We bring exciting speakers to campus, especially during Women’s History Month in March, and co-sponsor films, creative readings, and panels.