College of Arts and Sciences

Women's and Gender Studies

Welcome to the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at John Carroll University

Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary major that helps prepare students for living in a diverse and global society—by examining how the social construction of gender can shape personal identities, beliefs, and opportunities. In a range of courses, the women and men who enroll in our courses will systematically analyze the intersections of gender, sexuality, race, and social class.

As an interdisciplinary program, Women’s and Gender Studies focuses on students integrating the skills taught across the liberal arts, and expects its majors to engage in both critical and creative thinking. The curriculum examines a range of issues across both national and international contexts. This includes gendered violence, sexual harassment, queer theory, inequality, social justice, power dynamics and human interaction. The analytical skills they acquire in the study of gender and society can be applied beyond the campus to other activities and eventually to their professional careers.

On campus, WGS collaborate with other university and student groups on special events and lectures.  Examples of events include Take Back the Night, Cultural Awareness lecturers, and the Women’s Lives speaker series.

Learn more about the major and minor in Women’s and Gender Studies.

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