Gender and Women's Studies Program

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.

Check out our Spring 2018 GWS Newsletter! 

Read up on the research GWS students recently completed! 


GWS Faculty Spotlight:

Dr. Heidi Rose honored for her work as performer and performance studies scholar


Heidi Rose

Heidi M. Rose, PhD, professor and chair of the Department of Communications in Villanova University's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has recieved the 2018 Leslie Irene Coger Award for Distinguished Performance from the National Communication Association.

Read More about her award and accomplishments Here


In the News! 


GWS Academic Director, Dr. Catherine Kerrison's new book Jefferson's Daughters: Three Sisters,White and Black in a Young America is available for purchase! 

Read Kerrison's Washington Post Op-Ed: How did we lose a president's daughter? What the disapearance of Jefferson's daughter can tell us about racism in America. 


GWS Programming Director, Dr. Shauna MacDonald was quoted in the Variety article: "Laura Ingraham, Shannon Bream Kick Off Post-O’Reilly Era at Fox News."

While having more women represented at Fox News, and in news more generally, is absolutely a positive development, the extent to which this will result in substantive content change remains to be seen,” says Shauna MacDonald, a gender-studies professor at Villanova University." Read the full article here.

Contact Information

Catherine Kerrison, PhD
Director of Academics
Phone: 610-519-4675

Shauna MacDonald, PhD
Director of Programming
Phone: 610-519-4895

Lorretta Chiaverini
Administrative Assistant
Phone: 610-519-4750

Office: SAC 488