Gender Studies

Scope and Objectives

The Department of Gender Studies offers interdisciplinary academic programs that are both nationally and transnationally oriented. The undergraduate program offers a Bachelor of Arts degree and a minor; the graduate program offers Master of Arts (for PhD students only, no terminal master’s degree) and PhD degrees.

Students develop critical reasoning and analytical skills, a deep appreciation for complexities of power and asymmetries in gender relations across time, class, and cultures, and conceptual tools for social change.

The Gender Studies curriculum challenges the pervasive theory/practice divide within the academy. In both undergraduate and graduate courses, students are taught a broad range of methodological and analytical skills. Core undergraduate courses contextualize foundational theories and key analytic concepts within the study of different historical periods and social movements. In designating these courses Power, Knowledge, and Bodies, the department identifies three primary areas in which feminist and queer inquiry has been concentrated over time, enabling students to trace grounding concepts, key controversies, and the emergence of new theoretical paradigms.

The department has long enjoyed recognition for its strengths in areas including women’s history, feminist science studies, and gender and the law. Over the past several years, it has become a leading program for interdisciplinary intersectional feminist scholarship on gender, sexuality, race, class, and nationality and is building a strong reputation in the areas of transnational literary and media studies, postcolonial feminist studies, studies of settler colonialism, feminist science studies, feminist policy studies, queer of color critique, and women of color feminism.