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Why Women’s and Gender Studies

Women checking a cell phone outdoorsOur current students tell us that in their WGST courses, they cultivate the knowledge and skills they need to live in a complex world. In addition to their core classes, our majors study politics, health, literature, history, sociology, and psychology. They find themselves asking questions they’ve never posed before and addressing big life challenges with specific new ideas and frameworks for solving problems. 

 It’s all about women.  And it’s not only about women.  One of the first terms you learn in the major is “intersectionality,” which is a speedy way to name our layers of identity and the places they intersect on the road of life.  How are gender differences important to understanding other identity experiences based on race, sexuality, religion, language, or nation? Asking these questions prepares WGST majors to be agents acting in the world and not just acted on by the world.