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2021-2022 University Catalog 
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Women-Gender Studies website

Women and Gender Studies, Department of

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Department Chair

Karyl E. Ketchum

Program Office/Website

Humanities 230


Renae Bredin, Rebecca Dolhinow, Karyl E. Ketchum, Tala Khanmalek, Latoya Lee, Xhercis Méndez


Women and Gender Studies and Queer Studies courses explore the myriad ways in which the culturally constructed understandings of gender, sexuality, and experiences and meanings related to the body and embodiment shape our identities, cultures and institutions. We pay particular attention to the intersectional modes through which these identity categories and related effects of power are experienced, including the influences of racialization, race, and white supremacy, class, religion, citizenship, ableism, heteronorms and other social categories. Courses are designed to move students from exploring ideas through a variety of theoretical frames, to the application of these by way of active engagement with contemporary social issues. This can take many forms, including campus and community organizing and activism, writing, research and publishing workshops and opportunities, and occasions to work collaboratively with faculty and other students on a variety of related projects.

The expertise WGST QS majors, double majors and minors gain in critical thinking, research, problem solving, leadership, social justice principles, diversity and global perspectives, and oral/written communication positively distinguish them for a variety of private and public positions, as well as being exceptional preparation for advanced university degrees. WGST QS graduates have gone on to make significant contributions in the fields of law, social services, arts and literature, education, community development, health, human resources, business, government, psychology and higher education, among others.

Learning Goals and Student Learning Outcomes

Programs and Courses Offered


    Bachelor of ArtsNon-Degree


      Women and Gender Studies

      Courses are designated as WGST in the class schedule.

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