The Women and Gender Studies Program offers a minor, houses the Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women's Studies, and hosts the university’s annual Women and Gender Studies conference. Consistent with national trends, Women and Gender Studies is one of the fastest growing programs in the College of Arts & Sciences as students recognize the real-world applications of this degree.
Women and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary field exploring the intersection of gender and the structures that shape and are shaped by it. Scholars and students investigate issues including but not limited to economic forces such as the distribution of wealth, wage equality, or access to education and employment; political forces such as legislation and women in elected office; historical forces such as and social forces including violence against women, the representation of women in the media, and gender expectations. Students taking courses or minoring in Women and Gender Studies gain an understanding of how their world and their own lives affect and are affected by gender. Consistent with the university’s mission, Women and Gender Studies thus offers students a rich understanding of the diversity of opportunity and challenge facing individuals and societies, preparing them for lives of effective and responsible participation and leadership.
As a minor (18 credits), Women and Gender Studies is an excellent complement to virtually any major. It will strengthen students’ academic preparation and better prepare them for the world within and beyond the university’s gates, including a competitive and rapidly changing job market. Students’ preparation for the professions (law, medicine, education) and the corporate world will be greatly enhanced by a rigorous analysis of gender and its importance in the wider culture. Students who have explored the disciplines through the gender lens will be better prepared to understand the complexities of the world and to manage their careers.
As events in the second decade of the new millennium have proved, gender remains as great a source for injustice as ever. Through the minor, programming such as speakers and roundtables, and an annual conference, the Women and Gender Studies Program fosters an awareness of the challenges and opportunities facing our students and prepares them for rich, rewarding, and productive lives of servant leadership.
To talk to a faculty adviser, contact either co-director of the Elizabeth Ann Seton Center for Women's Studies: Vanessa May, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org or (973) 761-9447 or Karen Gevirtz, Ph.D., at Karen.email@example.com or (973) 275-2176.
|WMST 1401||Women, Culture and Society|
|Feminist Theories I|
|Women and Literature I|
|Women and Literature II|
|Women in the Biblical Tradition|
|Women in Modern Times|
|The Black Man and Woman|
|Women in Antiquity|
|Immigrant and Post-Colonial Women Writers|
|WMST/HIST 2341||Women in America to 1869|
|WMST/HIST 2342||Women in America from 1869 to the Present|
|Family, Poverty, and Social Justice in the 20C US|
|English Catholic Women Writers of the 17th- and 18th-Centuries|
|Modern Women of Faith (web)|
|Modern Women of Faith|
|Gender and Art|
|Psychology of Gender|
|The Well-Being of Women|
|Sociology of the Family|
|Understanding Human Sexuality|
|Sociology of Women and Men|
|Women and Politics|
|Women, Gender and Islam|
|Women, World Religions|
|Women and the Media|
|Sociology of Gender|
|American Indian Women|
|WMST 3191||Independent Study|
|WMST 3193||Independent Study|
|WMST 3194||Independent Study|
|WMST 3332||Special Topics in Women's Studies|