Women's and Gender Studies

Major in Women’s and Gender Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that presents students with diverse perspectives for understanding and interpreting the historical and contemporary experiences of women and men in the United States and throughout the world. Students will examine how concepts of gender operate in conjunction with issues such as race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, age, appearance, and ability; and how they shape beliefs, values and experiences.

About The Program

The objective of the women’s and gender studies program is to analyze the practical and theoreti­ cal manifestations of gender as a determining category in social, cultural and political systems. A student majoring in women’s and gender studies will become familiar with numerous feminist, gender and sexuality theories and utilize them in understanding and contextualizing varied forms of structural and cultural oppressions, interac­ tions, and solutions.

Major: Women's and Gender Studies
Minor:Women's and Gender Studies

Chair: Dr. Kellie Holzer
School: Birdsong School of Social Science

A student majoring in women’s and gender stud­ ies at Virginia Wesleyan is required to complete a minimum of 36 hours in specified coursework in disciplines such as English, history, theatre, biology, psychology and sociology. Students may also choose to increase their opportunities in the workforce and graduate study by double-majoring or minoring.

Students may elect to complement the classroom experience with an internship opportunity. Intern­ ships allow students to gain supervised experience in applying knowledge from the major in real-world settings and in developing the professional skills, providing students with the opportunity to expand their intellectual horizons. Internships provide students a “competitive edge” in the job market or when applying for admission in postgraduate degree programs.

Students earning a degree in women’s and gender studies will gain skills that employers seek in an array of fields such as law, medicine, business, the arts, education, counseling, community work, journalism, social services and public health. The study of women and gender also provides graduates with an understanding of the roles of gender and diversity in an increasingly interconnected world.