Women's and Gender Studies

How does gender affect your sense of self, your success, your social status and what others think of you? What happens when you consider other factors such as race and class? Through women’s and gender studies, you’ll explore the intersections of gender, race and class to see how they affect and shape our lives. By addressing these issues, you’ll work to improve the lives of women, and by extension, the lives of children and men.

Program Overview

Since 1978, the women’s and gender studies program has fused the critical insights of feminist scholarship with the egalitarian vision of a Marianist education. By combining theory and practice with critique and imagination, our interdisciplinary program brings various fields into conversation with one another to better understand gender and power.

Examining issues of gender equality and dignity contributes to building community and solidarity — both on campus and in the world. Your classes will be interactive and involve you in learning, develop your critical thinking skills, help you appreciate and protect human dignity and diversity, and teach you to lead through service to others.

As a women’s and gender studies major, you’ll take four core courses, as well as 24 semester hours of upper level courses offered through various departments. You’ll be able to tailor the program of study to your interests as you complete nine of the semester hours in one area of concentration, six semester hours in each of two additional areas and three semester hours in a fourth area. To help you better understand how gender interacts with race, culture, ethnicity and other forms of human difference, at least six semester hours will be in approved courses with a global and/or multicultural perspective.

In order to prepare you for work in our global society, you will also complete a language requirement. You may satisfy the requirement by taking a proficiency examination, completing an intermediate-level language course or participating in an approved education abroad experience.

Academic Requirements

Program requirements can be found in the online Catalog. Simply select the area of study and click "Explore".