The Gender & Women’s Studies Program

The mission of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program is to introduce students to a critical and interdisciplinary perspective on the social construction of gender with opportunities to bring this framework to bear in a variety of areas of study and careers.

Students wishing to complete Bachelor of Science with a focus on Gender and Women’s Studies have the option to major in Sociology & Anthropology with a concentration in Gender and Women’s Studies. Students may also complete a minor in this area while pursuing a major in any other offered discipline.

The goals of the Gender and Women’s Studies Program are the following:

  • To prepare students to understand a range of disciplinary approaches to the study of gender and women.
  • To ensure that students have the knowledge and skills needed to analyze women’s participation in, transformation of, and contributions to social life.
  • To prepare students to synthesize information regarding historical and cross-cultural variation of social norms pertaining to gender.
  • To prepare students to analyze ways in which masculinity and femininity intersect with race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality and understand how power and privilege function in relation to these intersections.
  • To prepare students to assess and apply the variety of methodological approaches and theoretical perspectives used in Gender and Women’s Studies, including the connection between experience and practice.

Gender and Women’s Studies is an interdisciplinary program that offers courses examining the formation of gender and intersections between gender and race, class, ethnicity, and sexuality; introduces students to women’s intellectual, social, political, economic, spiritual, and artistic contributions and experiences of women in a variety of historical, global, and cultural contexts; and emphasizes the particular challenges that women face locally and globally.

Students participate in seminar-style courses that encourage them to develop a sophisticated evaluation of social inequalities, consider the real-world relevance of theory, and apply concepts. The program has relationships with a number of diverse organizations, and internship and other opportunities with these community partners allow students to participate in a wide array of applications.


David J. Bradshaw, Ph.D. – English
Christey Carwile, Ph.D. – Sociology/Anthropology
Sally Fischer, Ph.D. – Philosophy
Carol Howard, Ph. D. – English/Writing/Theatre
Siti Kusujiarti, Ph.D. – Sociology/Anthropology
Marty O’Keefe, Ed.D. – Outdoor Leadership
Angela Phillips, Ph.D. – Modern Languages (Program Director)
Laura Vance, Ph.D. – Sociology/Women’s Studies