Gender and Women's Studies Programs

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.

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Faculty Spotlight


Timothy McCall, the new co-director of Gender and Women’s Studies, is also Associate Professor of Art History in the History Department. Tim’s research centers on Italian Renaissance art, and on visual intersections of power and gender more broadly. Both Dr. McCall’s teaching and research address issues of gender, particularly masculinity, in addition to histories of fashion, material culture, and sexuality. While Dr. McCall researches fifteenth-century Italy, his teaching stretches widely, and all of his courses, in various ways, engage to some extent with issues of gender and sexuality, particularly as they relate to art and visual culture. Dr. McCall hopes to see you at GWS Events, and encourages students interested in gender and sexuality to take his course “Gender, Sexuality, and Visual Culture.”

Tim was a year-long fellow at Villa I Tatti, the Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, in Florence. Together with Sean Roberts and Giancarlo Fiorenza, he co-edited the volume Visual Cultures of Secrecy in Early Modern Europe, published by Truman State University Press in 2013. Dr. McCall’s forthcoming book, Brilliant Bodies, investigates the clothing, adornment, and bodies of men in Renaissance Italy. The first published work from this project is a 2013 I Tatti Studies article which was named article of the month for Feminae, the Medieval Women and Gender index. Forthcoming projects include “Renaissance Fashion Matters,” a state of the field essay on Renaissance clothing and fashion for Renaissance Quarterly, and a co-authored essay (with Sean Roberts) exploring Renaissance materiality – “Raw Materials and Object Lessons” – in a forthcoming Routledge History of the Renaissance.


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Contact Information

Gender and Women's Studies Program
Villanova University, SAC 488
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085
Phone: 610-519-3815
Program Co-Directors:

Lisa Sewell
Timothy McCall 610-519-3897
Administrative/Events Assistant:

Joyce Harden
Graduate Assistant:

Jessica Otterbine