What knowledge will I gain with an undergraduate degree in Women and Gender Studies?WGST Students at Graduation

  • the historical and cross-cultural variability of social norms of masculinity and femininity​
  • the ways in which gender/sex systems intersect with other axes of domination, such as class, race, ethnicity, ability and national identity
  • the centrality of gender and sexuality to politics, economics, social relations, and culture at the local, national, and international level
  • the diversity of global feminism
  • how gender roles and expectations play out in the global economy
  • how power and privilege function at the intersection of gender, sexuality, race, class, ability, and national identity
  • how women participate in, contribute to, and transform areas of social life including politics, economics, social relations, culture, and religion
  • institutionalized discrimination and violence against women, girls, and LGBTQ individuals
  • women’s activism and resistance to oppression
  • the varied research methods and theoretical perspectives used in women, gender, and sexuality studies, including the relationship between theory and practice
  • the history of women, gender, and sexuality studies as an academic discipline and the main themes that have characterized its emergence

What Practical Skills will I learn?

Students completing their degree with the Department of Women and Gender Studies are expected to acquire the ability and skills to:

  • communicate complex ideas related to women and gender studies, to academic and general audiences
  • employ creative problem solving techniques, especially with regard to research and analysis of the issues noted in the previous section
  • organize and synthesize material in new ways, especially with regard to research and analysis of the issues noted in the previous section
  • read, critically evaluate, and synthesize women and gender studies scholarship
  • work collaboratively with colleagues and the general public, especially with regard to the issues noted in the previous section