Women's and Gender Studies is an academic discipline that critically evaluates gender from an interdisciplinary perspective and challenges many traditional assumptions and theories about women that have excluded them from positions of power. It examines the practice and expression of gender in different societies and at different historical moments; it explores the various origins and articulations of gender differentiation; it traces the influence of gender expectations on individuals and it studies the interactions of gender and other differences in social, political, and cultural contexts. The feminist pedagogy used in Women's and Gender Studies courses empowers all students to become active learners and social change agents through discussion, written work, collaborative projects, and practical involvement beyond the classroom.

Women's and Gender Studies prepares students for careers in non-profit organizations, business, the creative arts, education, government and public policy, journalism, law, medicine, publishing, science, the social sciences, social work, and many other fields.

Women's and Gender Studies Courses

NameRankDegreeSchoolGraduate FacultyEmeritus Faculty
Sharity Bassett Assistant Professor PhD State University of New York at Buffalo Yes No
Carolyn Eichner Associate Professor PhD University of California, Los Angeles Yes No
Xin Huang Associate Professor PhD University of British Columbia Yes No
Gwynne Kennedy Associate Professor Emerita PhD University of Pennsylvania No Yes
Anna Mansson McGinty Associate Professor PhD Lund University Yes No
Kristin Pitt Associate Professor PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison Yes No
Merry Wiesner-Hanks Distinguished Professor Emerita PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison No Yes
Leah Wilson Visiting Assistant Professor PhD Washington State University Yes No