Academic Catalog 2024-2025

Women's Studies

College of Arts and Humanities
Division of World Cultural and Gender Studies

Program Description

Women's Studies is an interdisciplinary program preparing students to critically explore the social construction of gender and how it intersects with racism, classism, homophobia, transphobia, ableism, and other systemic oppressions. Our curriculum is rooted in a decolonial pedagogy centering the theories and activism of women of color and queer, non-binary, and trans people of color. Women's Studies faculty are committed to social justice work both on and off campus, and Women's Studies students are offered a wide-range of cutting edge courses to explore their research interests through pop culture, art, queer theory, literature, and activism. Students in the program acquire the knowledge and skills to understand the history and structures of gender inequalities and how to advocate for women’s rights and freedoms, learning the importance of interconnecting local and global communities.

Academic Advisement

The Women’s Studies Program is designed to allow students maximum flexibility and to be tailored to their interests and needs. Students should seek faculty advisement upon entering the program and routinely thereafter. Faculty advisors work with students to provide information about program requirements, course availability, coursework, and career options. Advisors will also help students prepare for graduate work in Women’s Studies and related fields. Students should contact the Department Chair, Dr. Jenn Brandt (, to set up advising appointments.


No specific high school or community college courses are required as prerequisites. Students are expected to have college-level reading and writing skills and an interest in understanding the complex forces that determine gender roles.