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Gender Studies Program

Director: C. Murray

Committee on Gender Studies: Ayella, Brennan, Burkhalter, Burr, Edwards-Alexander, Joyce, Logio, ,Mollnelli, Patton, Rao, Skolnick Sosa, Terry, Wang

Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field drawing from scholarship in the humanities, social sciences natural sciences, and business. The Gender Studies program provides students with an intellectually challenging and engaging way of examining the world through the lens of "gender." Gender Studies courses explore how social structural categories such as gender, race, class, and sexuality influence human behavior and social interactions, structure access to opportunities and impact the lived experiences of women and men. Gender Studies courses apply current feminist/ gender theories to issues in literature, art, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, science, sociology, and business.

Gender as a social construction acts as the organizing principle for all Gender Studies courses. In addition, implicit in all Gender Studies courses is a basic tenet of feminist scholarship—that all academic work should connect to social justice work outside of the academy. The Gender Studies program encourages its minors to pursue this connection through internships, independent studies, and service-learning experiences that connect academic inquiry to social justice advocacy and action in community agencies and organizations.