Women's and Gender Studies

The minor in Women’s Studies was established in 1993, with the major welcoming students in 2005 as the program grew into Women’s and Gender Studies.  For the past 25 years, Women’s and Gender Studies has invited students and faculty to question all suppositions, givens, and assumptions about the ideas and notions surrounding gender and sexuality.  Committed to Saint Mary’s Liberal Arts and Catholic LaSallian tradition, the program asks the community to imagine what an inclusive and just society might look like and engages everyone in making the ideal of equality and social justice a reality.  We are proud to say that as we celebrate a quarter century on campus, our graduates have been at the forefront of campus student movements and brought Saint Mary’s a little closer to achieving just that dream!

Have the chance to critique societal norms and explore new ways of thinking about gender, race, class, sex, and other social inequalities in our community of engaged thinkers and intelligent activists.

Women’s and Gender Studies offers you the opportunity to critically examine issues of gender across many fields of knowledge and study the varied contributions and experiences of women across historical periods and cultures. Since the 1960s Women’s Studies students - women and men - have found that embarking on such a course of study has a profound effect on their academic and personal lives. The questions and insights that Women’s and Gender Studies scholars bring to their fields of inquiry have expanded the traditional boundaries of intellectual investigation and generated new areas of research and teaching that address class, race, sexuality, and global concerns.

Women's and Gender Studies is a member of the National Women's Studies Association; here is their post-election statement.