Committed to understanding the experiences and perspectives of women and men as gendered beings in a variety of cultures and in different periods of time, the Gender and Women’s Studies Program is one that draws on the contributions of research in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business and management. The central category of analysis is gender, the socially constructed and historically variable understanding of what it means to be a woman or a man. By investigating how gender and biological differences make a difference, the Gender and Women’s Studies Program offers students a broad, multi-disciplinary understanding of the way in which gender interacts with race, ethnicity, class and sexuality to condition human consciousness and to shape the social, political and cultural organization of human societies.
This minor readily complements majors in the humanities, social sciences and pre-professional programs. It will broaden students’ understanding of gender issues and foster a greater awareness of the specific contributions, experiences and perspectives of women in diverse situations.