Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field that places gender and its intersections with race, social class, sexuality, and ethnicity at the center of rigorous academic inquiry. These structural forces shape the individual and collective lives of all persons across diverse cultures and times, as well as provide analytical categories for critically examining the worlds in which we live in historical, contemporary, and transnational contexts. The Women’s and Gender Studies major draws particular attention to the lives and experiences of women and girls via the critical scholarship of the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Department faculty endeavor to provide intellectually rich, student-centered learning environments via limited class sizes, collaborative research opportunities, and summer internship support. 

Our research and teaching cover a variety of theoretical and empirical scholarship both within traditional disciplines and in interdisciplinary frames in the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences, as well as combinations of the three. The Department is committed to providing a rigorous intellectual experience for undergraduate students who choose to study gender and sexuality in a women’s college.