Feminist and Gender Studies
Advisors — GARCIA, HAUTZINGER, KEDHAR, LEWIS, McENNERNEY, MEHTA, THAKUR, WATERS, WITTMER, WOOD
Feminist and gender studies is the academic study of gender and sexuality from a feminist, interdisciplinary, and intersectional perspective. The discipline arose in the 1960s and 1970s due to the efforts of those committed to the student, civil rights, and women’s movements. During the early developments, the major concern of our field was incorporating gender into existing theoretical and critical lenses, because women’s voices were underrepresented in the academy. Over the years, however, our intellectual endeavors have evolved, expanding our theories and critical practices to include interrogations of power, inequality, and privilege along the lines of sexuality, race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, age, religion, physical embodiment, and other social markers. For these reasons, our scholarly endeavors necessitate interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches that advance pedagogical, scholarly, and activist collaboration both within and outside of the academy. Hence, our program, like our discipline, remains invested in eradicating inequality and privilege in our local, national, and global communities whether or not they are explicitly academic.
Students seeking to minor in feminist and gender studies must complete FG 110, FG 200, FG 311, and at least three FG electives.