Program Contact: Kimberly O'Neill   203-582-6422

Women’s and gender studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores how sex, gender and sexuality structure human societies, cultures, politics, economies, arts and aesthetics, and it examines the multitude of femininities, masculinities and transgender identities within a matrix of power relations constituted by race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability and nationality. Women’s and gender studies puts women—in all their diversity—at the center of inquiry, and is feminist, queer and anti-racist in perspective. WGS invites students to engage with the ways in which gender and sexuality operate in all societies, institutions and ideologies and to critically examine the political and historical nature of knowledge production. We draw on many disciplines, including history, literature, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, media, communications, cultural studies and the law, to emphasize rigorous critical thinking, imagination and creativity.

For a minor in women’s and gender studies, students take six courses.

Required Courses:
WGS 101Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies3
WGS 301Women's and Gender Studies Capstone 13
Select four of the following:12
Special Topics in Women's and Gender Studies
Gender and Aging
Human Sexuality
Cross Cultural Perspectives on Gender, Sex and Sexuality
Feminist Political Thought
Women in the Criminal Justice System
Literature by Women
Gender and the Law
The Science of Human Diversity
Sexual Violence
Sociology of Families
Psychology of Women and Gender
Work, Careers, and You
Sexual Violence Victim Advocacy
LGBTQ Identities and Communities
Protest and Change
From Script to Stage
Sociology of Sexualities
Popular Culture and the Media
Sociology of Gender
U.S. Women's History
Women in America: 1920-PRESENT
Diversity in the Media
Women Artists
Witches and Werewolves in the Early Modern World
Gender in the Non-Western World
Philosophy and Gender
American Literature by Women of Color
Media Users & Audiences
Women's and Gender Studies Elective
Women and Public Policy
Internship in the Community
Feminist Theory and the Body
Black Cinema and Tv
Total Credits18

Should be taken during junior or senior year.