Gender studies is an interdisciplinary academic field that draws on feminist, gender,
and queer theories and scholarship to analyze the experiences, perspectives, and contributions
of women, men, and intersexed people and systems of gender relations in various cultural
settings and time periods. The gender studies major is a multidisciplinary program
that involves students in the exploration of topics such as the social construction
and role of gender within various societies, women's historical and contemporary experiences,
and multiple social identities. Completion of the major strengthens students' preparation
for further work in fields including gender studies, women's studies, law, public
and international affairs, social sciences, the humanities, communications, and the
arts. Through the major, students also gain a foundation for understanding the social,
intellectual, and political forces that shape their personal and professional lives.
The major leads to a bachelor of arts degree.