What is Women's and Gender Studies?
Women's and Gender Studies is interdisciplinary. Drawing upon such fields as anthropology, art history, crime and justice studies, economics, history, literature, philosophy, political science, sociology, and the visual arts, WGS aims to foster active analysis of the varying influences upon women's and men's lives such as race, class, ethnicity, gender, sex, sexuality, ability, and age. It asks students to think about the construction and influences of gender in contemporary society, to discover the historical factors that have shaped the current status of women from varying backgrounds and countries, and to explore paths to achieve equality for all people.
Learning Outcomes for the Major in Women's and Gender Studies
Core Learning Outcomes
- Explain the historical, social, and political contexts of women's movements and feminist thought
- Explain feminist theories and apply them in critiquing and transforming one's world
Focus Area Learning Outcomes
- Intersectional Gender Studies: Identify and evaluate the social construction of gender and the ways gender intersects with other forms of identity, such as sexuality, race, class, ability and age, in creating and maintaining structures of inequality.
- Politics, Justice and Policy: Explain the gendering of our socioeconomic and political worlds and the individual and collective components of social change.
- Cross-Cultural and Transnational Inquiry: Identify, compare, and evaluate culturally and historically specific ideas of gender, sex, and sexuality; identify and examine ideas concerning gender, sex and sexuality that cross cultural and national borders.
- Politics of Cultural Representation: Apply a feminist perspective to the study of literature, history, and/or the arts, with the aim of examining critically the multiple, situated kinds of knowledge that emerge from cultural artifacts and narratives.