The Women's and Gender Studies Program introduces students to an interdisciplinary framework with the concept of gender as a category of analysis as its focus. Students learn to analyze and assess the impact of the multiple layers of identity men and women women juggle--for example gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, and disabilities--as they study the diverse disciplines of human history, creative arts, literature, politics, economics, natural and social sciences. As statistics continue to show more women pursuing higher education and more women in the workforce, this program prepares students to negotiate conflicts in the workplace and in their personal lives. The program is also excellent preparation for graduate studies.
Women's Studies students learn to understand the impact of gender, ethnicity and class on their lives, and the lives of people in the past. Synthesizing the subject of women's lives with skills in critical thinking, the program seeks to create active and informed citizens, workers and parents, guardians or stewards of children.