Associate Professors: C. Oxford
Assistant Professor: K. Duley, A. Misra
Chairperson: Connie Oxford, Associate Professor
The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies offers students the opportunity to engage with diverse issues surrounding gender and sexuality in transformative learning environments. Our interdisciplinary curriculum provides students with a critical knowledge base and a keen awareness of how gender intersects with race, ethnicity, nation, class, sexuality, age, (dis)ability, religion, and culture. We prepare students for the twenty-first century by cultivating in students the critical thinking, writing, and analytical skills required for whichever career they pursue in the future. We are committed to helping create gender-literate and social justice-driven citizens for our rapidly globalizing world.
The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies offers both a Major (Bachelor of Arts) and a Minor. Since our curriculum includes required courses and electives within our department and electives taught in other departments, many of our students choose to double major. Popular choices for dual majors include: Art, Biology, Criminal Justice, Human Development and Family Relations, Journalism, Political Science, Psychology, Social Work, and Sociology. Some of our students utilize the interdisciplinary training we offer to pursue advanced degrees in Gender and Women’s Studies, while others go on to excel in careers in law, politics, international and human rights work, community leadership, social justice, education, social work, business, healthcare, and the arts.
The Department of Gender and Women’s Studies also offers numerous hands-on experiential learning opportunities, such as our annual student-produced newsletter, The Gazette, and several on-campus and community-based internships. In addition, we sponsor several opportunities to recognize students with academic achievements. For example, we host a chapter of the national Gender and Women’s Studies honor society, Iota Iota Iota (Triota), the bell hooks Writing Prize, an annual college-wide student writing competition, as well as awards in academic excellence, leadership and activism.
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