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.