Gender and Women’s Studies
Joanna Goplen, Director
224 Marano Center
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program designed to identify and synthesize scholarship in the sciences, social sciences, and humanities which focuses on gender and women’s experiences, perspectives, and significant contributions—past, present, and cross-culturally – and explores the relationship between cultural definitions of feminine and masculine behavior and the realities of people’s lives. Goals of the program include encouraging critical analysis of women and gender in society, culture, and history and the connections between Gender and Women’s Studies scholarship, activism, and social change, and recognizing the connection between Gender and Women’s Studies scholarship and the scholarship of other disciplines.
In core courses, students are introduced to gender and women’s issues and concerns, women’s history, and feminist theory. All students will complete a capstone experience, choosing a seminar, an individual research project, or a supervised internship. As is consistent with an interdisciplinary area of study, core courses in the areas of feminist theory, international perspectives, and the capstone experience will be offered in a number of disciplines. Each student will select, under advisement, a concentration in one of two tracks—Women and Society or Women in Literary, Historical, and Theoretical Perspective—and complete four courses in this area. In elective courses, students have the flexibility of choosing from core or concentration courses to design programs to fit their specific interests and career orientation.