The mission of the Department of Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) is to explore, analyze and challenge the ways in which gender shapes people’s lives. Assumptions about gender difference saturate many aspects of social and political life and create different forms of inequality in the workforce, in education, in cultural production, in scientific research, as well as in resource allocation in both public and private institutions. Because gender assumptions manifest differently in various communities, in our courses we systematically incorporate analysis of how race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, and physical ability shape gender inequality.
We train students to identify where and how inequalities are produced and reproduced. We also give them the skills to figure out how to initiate change and work for justice. They go on to challenge gender inequalities in their personal lives, in their communities, and in their future careers.
What GWS graduates say about the department:
"I’ve actually found it (GWS degree) really makes me stand out, which is useful in a competitive job market…it shows an ability to look at in issue from multiple perspectives. "
From a triple major: "If I had to say which major was most formative for me, I would argue GWS had done the most for me as a college student [and] a future professional… I gained the most basic skills and explored myself and what my goals are in life.”