The field of women’s and gender studies is, by definition, interdisciplinary. Our minor enables students to explore, from a variety of perspectives, numerous questions about the experience of women and men throughout history. Here are a few of the topics addressed by the minor:
- the ways in which gender is defined and the evolution of those definitions over time
- the roles women have played in the sciences, arts, politics, religion, and other fields
- the obstacles that have affected women's lives, their words, their study, their status
- the impact of gender roles on men and women in the workplace and in society at large
Courses comprising the women's and gender studies minor challenge dormant assumptions and promote expansive thinking. The curriculum places equal emphasis on the sexes, which in turn fosters equal respect among the genders.