Welcome to Gender and Women's Studies
We offer interdisciplinary programs with a range of courses for a major or minor or a graduate certificate in Gender and Women's Studies.
We are open to undergraduate students from across the University, from the College of Arts and Sciences to Engineering and the School of Business.
Because gender and sexuality are fundamental to the ways men and women understand themselves, a major or minor in Gender and Women’s Studies can enhance practically any other field of study. It is a discipline that continually asks us to rethink history, culture and identity, and in the 21st Century it continues to transform scholarship and fundamental assumptions in all areas of the humanities, social and natural sciences, and the professions.
A Statement from GWS on Charles Murray's Visit to Campus
Villanova University's Matthew J. Ryan Center has invited Charles Murray to give a talk this week. The Gender and Women’s Studies program believes that a free exchange of ideas is the hallmark of a rigorous liberal arts education, and we take Dr. Murray’s invited speech as an opportunity to dissent from arguments he has advocated throughout his career, particularly in his 1994 The Bell Curve and his 2005 “Where are the Female Einsteins?": that African Americans, other people of color, and women are genetically less intelligent than white men, and that such genetics are to blame for the stratification in American society. These ideas, which Dr. Murray glosses with an appliqué of science, have been widely debunked by his own peers as outside the norms of responsible, sound scholarship. They are, moreover, demeaning to a large portion of the Villanova community and wholly at odds with the Augustinian values of our mission: unitas, veritas, and caritas.