Women & Gender Studies

Mission Statement

Reviewed: November, 2013
Current for the 2013/14 Academic Year

Women and Gender Studies is devoted to the academic study of the roles, contributions, and scholarship of women. Women’s studies explores issues of ethnicity (including what has been historically termed race), class, sexual preference and gender as they impact women’s lives in a variety of cultural contexts. It promotes new areas of research, discovers lost contents of human history, identifies women’s place in contemporary life, and encourages a sense of empowerment among students through analysis of their commonality of experience. The women’s studies minor prepares students to pursue graduate work or employment in professional and community organizations, with emphasis on critical self-reflection and responsible decision-making.