Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies

Program Contact: Lauren Sardi   203-582-8215

Women’s and gender studies is an interdisciplinary program that explores how sex, gender, and sexuality structure human societies, cultures, politics, economies, arts and aesthetics, and it examines the multitude of femininities, masculinities and transgender identities within a matrix of power relations constituted by race/ethnicity, class, sexuality, ability and nationality. Women’s and gender studies puts women—in all their diversity—at the center of inquiry, and is feminist, queer and anti-racist in perspective. WGS invites students to engage with the ways in which gender and sexuality operate in all societies, institutions and ideologies, and to critically examine the political and historical nature of knowledge production. We draw on many disciplines, including history, literature, political science, psychology, sociology, anthropology, philosophy, media, communications, cultural studies, and the law to emphasize rigorous critical thinking, imagination and creativity.