The Gender and Women's Studies program offers either a Minor or Major in Gender and Women's Studies. Our courses address the history and achievement of women and analyze the implications of gender roles in the past and present. They also consider such topics and the social and cultural consequences, for both women and men, of gender divisions and sex-role restrictions. Since the list of approved courses for the program changes, students are advised to consult the Academic Director for current information. (Faculty: you can view the general criteria for Gender and Women's Studies courses and the specific criteria for the integrating seminar, GWS 5000, at this password-protected SharePoint site.)
Questions Posed in Our Courses
- To what extent are gender divisions in society biologically determined, and to what extent are they social constructions?
- How has the subordination of women been a factor in the formation of legal and economic systems around the world?
- In what ways can such disciplines as Philosophy, Literature, and Religious Studies change once women become active participants and creators?
- What is the significance of gender in the formation of systems of thought and the symbols we use?
- Is sexuality a social construct or biologically determined?