Women’s Studies is an exciting interdisciplinary field, bringing together faculty from many departments who share the conviction that gender and sexuality are fundamental categories of analysis in all disciplines. Women’s studies teaches students to think critically about the multiple systems of power through which sexual and gendered identities are constructed, and to engage with real-life political and ethical issues from diverse perspectives. The program offers courses that examine the lives and experiences of womenin a variety of historical, cultural, and political contexts, as well as courses that explore the intersections of feminist theory, queer theory, and activism.
First-year students interested in women’s studies are encouraged to take WMST 130, Introduction to Women’s Studies, a team-taught course offered each semester that serves as a foundation for future study. WMST 130 introduces students to multidisciplinary methodologies, feminist history, and theoretical debates, with a particular focus on the intersections of gender, race, class, and sexuality. Beyond the introductory level, regularly offered courses include Gender in American Popular Media (WMST240), Topics in the Construction of Gender (WMST 241), Making Waves: Topics in Feminist Activism (WMST245), Gender and Science (WMST 281), Feminist Theory(WMST 250), and Global Feminism (WMST 251).