THE WOMEN'S AND GENDER STUDIES PROGRAM is an area of study as well as an optic for understanding society, culture, and political events. The program offers interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and transnational courses and provides a meeting ground to explore questions about political institutions, global events, and collective and individual action. Courses in the program examine how an individual's social experiences are shaped by history and institutions of gender/sex, socioeconomic class, race, sexuality and nationality.
Students are encouraged to develop their analytical, comparative, transnational, and media literacy skills by taking courses in the program offered by contributing faculty in history, economics, literature, sociology, anthropology, journalism, and zoology, as well as many other departments. The academic frameworks provided in courses seek to enhance the integration of these skills beyond the classroom and campus to one's everyday public and personal lives.