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Women's and Gender Studies


Women's and Gender Studies PhotoThe Women’s and Gender Studies Program

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program offers courses about women and gender for both women and men. The program is designed to explore the experiences and cultural contributions of women and those in the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community as well as examine the societal implications of gender.

Informed by feminist, gender, and sexuality theory, the courses in the WGSP challenge false assumptions and theories about women, gender, sexuality, race, and class; encourage rigorous critical thinking; raise issues of gender bias and the subjective nature of knowledge; support students’ development as individuals and as participating members of their larger communities; and expand women’s and men’s options beyond the limits of traditional gender roles.

These writing intensive courses help students consider the differences gender and sexuality make in family relationships, friendships, education, and work. These classes are comfortable settings for delving into scholarship and theory.

In addition to the interdisciplinary introductory courses on women’s, gender and LGBT studies, courses in the program include women’s history, philosophy, literature, sociology, psychology, physical education, and health. Honors modules are available for some classes. Opportunities to pursue independent study projects are also available. Service learning and internship opportunities are frequently offered.

Most courses fulfill General Education requirements in the humanities or behavioral and social sciences distribution areas as well as the College’s multicultural requirement. A certificate in women’s studies can be earned by students who complete 18 or more credits in courses approved by the WGSP. These courses must include WMST 101, Introduction to Women’s Studies. The WGSP also features speakers, seminars, and other programs, including active women’s studies student clubs. Student awards and scholarships are presented annually.

Contact Information:

Germantown Campus Coordinator for Women's and Gender Studies

Joanne Bagshaw, Ph.D
Office: HS 225
Phone: 240-567-1977

Collegewide Director of Women's and Gender Studies Program Director

Professor Genevieve Carminati
Phone: 240- 567-7446

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