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.

Inside-Out Incarceration

Each week, students in the capstone 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.

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Career Paths

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 the needs of girls and women.

Recent alumni have secured the following positions:

  • Special education teacher, Teach For America
  • Assistant media buyer, Devito/Verdi
  • Marketing manager, Digitas
  • Clinical social worker, New York Presbyterian Hospital
  • Guidance Counselor, Council Rock School District (Bucks County, PA)
  • Paralegal for the Department of Justice Immigration Office

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.

Did You Know?

Women's and 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.

Get to Know Us


Nikki Young

Assistant Professor

Nikki Young

Forging relationships outside of the classroom helps students see that they can think about the world through the critical lenses they've developed in the classroom, and they can bring the world that they're experiencing into the classroom.

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Susan Reed

Associate Professor

Susan Reed

Women's & Gender Studies is attracting more and more men into the program. We want to raise the profile in terms of its ability to speak to issues that concern men.

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Atiya Stokes-Brown

Associate Professor

Atiya Stokes-Brown

Identity is the way we see ourselves, but the way we see ourselves might not be our own choice. I'm interested in the subjective way in which identity is created, and the external forces pushing and molding our self-images.

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Hands-on Experience


Study Abroad

Make the World Your Campus

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, and the Netherlands.

Undergraduate Research

Earn a Spot in the Student Lecture Series

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".

Internships

Real-World Experience

Women's and gender studies majors can gain career experience through summer internships. Recently, students have interned at New York Law School, University of Massachusetts, and Women-for-Women International.

The Lewisburg League of Women Voters provides an internship opportunity for students to sample the activities of the league and to contribute to its ongoing programs.

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