Women's and Gender Studies
The objectives of the women’s studies major are to acquaint students with the roles of women and ideas about gender over time and cross-culturally; to investigate the relationships between women and men in society now and in the past; to acquaint students with the way in which women’s studies has not only added women to the subject of academic scholarship, but has also transformed scholarly methods and approaches; to compensate for the neglect of women by traditional academic disciplines; to highlight social and political issues as they pertain to gender, preparing them to take their place in the world at large.
Topics of study include relations of domination and oppression; the social and cultural construction of gender, sexuality, race, class, culture, age, ability, etc.; popular culture; social movements; representation; public policy and law; social justice; ideologies of inequality, democracy, colonialism, and imperialism; disciplinary and interdisciplinary thinking.
The total number of courses required for the major is 14 (38-47 semester hours). At least six of the courses (18 semester hours) taken for the major must be at the 300-level or above.
Internship and Study Abroad Opportunities
Women’s Studies majors have access to many internships. Wells alumnae who are established leaders in their fields often provide internship opportunities for current students. The following is a sample of internships recently held by Women’s Studies students at Wells:
- The Feminist Press, New York City
- Girl’s Initiative Network, New York City
- National Organization for Women, Washington, D.C.
- Planned Parenthood of Tompkins County, Ithaca, NY
- National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
- Sexual Assault Victims Advocate Resource, Auburn, NY
- Women’s Opportunity Center, Ithaca, NY
Explore the role gender plays on a global scale and understand cultural differences in gendered attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors on an international level. Women’s Studies majors can pursue fascinating programs across the country and around the world. Check out our off-campus study programs.
Using skills in communication, leadership, and critical self-reflection, Women’s Studies students are actively involved in campus and community work at Wells. College organizations provide an outlet for experiential learning. Below are just a few clubs and activities that might match your interests:
- Collegiate (student government)
- Sexuality and Gender Activists (SAGA)
- P.O.W.E.R. (Praising Our Work, Ethnicity, and Race)
- Student Committee on Inclusive and Intercultural Excellence
- Wells Greens
- Women’s Resource Center