We want to strengthen critical thinking and inquiry through a focus on women's experiences and the social construction of gender in its relation to race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, disability and age in both the past and present.
The study of femininity and masculinity, the relations between women and men, and the differential power structures that create these social categories are of central importance to the curriculum.
Women’s and gender studies offers a solid background for careers in fields such as journalism, law, international affairs, teaching, personnel management, public and private corporations and local and state agencies addressing gender relations and identities, as well as the needs of girls and women.
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Each week, students in the WMST 332/SOCI 332 course, "Women and the Penal System," travel to the State Correctional Institution at Muncy and sit side-by-side with women on the inside to talk about how gender, race and class come into play in the criminal justice system.Learn more about this course
Challenge what you think you know. Feminism, power, masculinity: They’re all charged terms, and when you add race, ethnicity, sexuality and class into the mix, the conversations can get really intense, enlightening and exhilarating.
In our women’s and gender studies program, you’ll focus on women’s experiences and the social construction of gender in the past and present. You’ll explore the meaning and origins of the ideas of femininity and masculinity, the relations between women and men, and the differential power structures that create these social categories.
Women's & gender studies courses frame questions of gender and feminisms in ways that connect the local to the global and promote an understanding of relations of power in multiple contexts.
The program gives students a better understanding of concepts — gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality and age — in the past and in the contemporary world, there by achieving an understanding of the complexity of human experience.
Women's and gender studies majors often take advantage of study-abroad opportunities that allow them the chance to examine the role of women and gender in history, literature, society, science and culture on a global stage.
Recently, our majors have studied in Brazil, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Denmark, South Africa and the Netherlands.
Students can conduct independent, mentored scholarship alongside faculty members on and off campus. Often these projects result in an invitation to present their findings as part of the Student Lecture Series, like Ana Aguilera Silva '14 who recently presented "This is Me: Journey of Identity and Intersectionality".
Women's and gender studies majors can gain career experience through summer internships.
Recently, students have interned at Women-for-Women International in Washington, D.C. and Rwanda, New York Law School, University of Massachusetts, the Lewisburg League of Women Voters, and a reproductive health organization in Cape Verde.Explore Internships