Women's and Gender Studies
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Overview: Women's and gender studies is a field that integrates knowledge from a variety of perspectives to study the situations of women in different world cultures and in different ethnic groups within the United States with a focus on today and with attention to the historical contributions of women in building nations and cultures.
Curriculum: Students in women's and gender studies have an interest in women, gender, ethics, families and communities. Women's and gender studies students learn skills designed to help them build communities, develop policies, and understand social relationships. Women's and gender studies students are flexible and articulate. Courses pays particular attention to the intersection of issues of ethnicity, class and sex and explore how differences between men and women structure our society. Many students are double majors. Both male and female students pursue majors and certificates in women's and gender studies.
Careers in the Field: Students seek graduate work in a variety of fields including the law. Some majors and certificate students go on to masters or doctoral work in women's and gender studies. Students pursue careers in social service agencies, government, corporations and other institutions that serve women.
About the Faculty: Faculty are drawn from the College of Arts & Sciences and include 45 faculty who teach courses in the humanities and social sciences on gender issues. The Director of Women's and Gender Studies Program is Dr. Penny Weiss.
Internship Opportunities: All students participate in a capstone course in which they complete a project under the supervision of an individual faculty. In this course students have the experience of working one on one with a faculty member who provides special opportunities for mentoring and professional development.