Women's and Gender Studies

Gain new perspectives, build life-long relationships, and prepare for diverse careers in the Women’s and Gender Studies bachelor’s degree program at Wells College.

As a women's and gender studies major at Wells, you'll investigate the roles of women, ideas about gender, and relationships between women and men—over time and across cultures. You'll work in small, discussion-based classes in the supportive learning environment of our private liberal arts college, where programs emphasize personal relationships and close mentorship. The Women's and Gender Studies bachelor's degree program also offers a variety of study abroad and internship opportunities that enable you to connect women's studies to other academic disciplines while gaining hands-on career experience and serving local and global communities.

The Women's and Gender Studies major at Wells College leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. We also offer a minor in Women's and Gender Studies.

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A Look Inside the Women’s and Gender Studies Bachelor’s Degree Program at Wells

Originally founded as a women’s college, Wells offers unique learning opportunities for women’s studies majors, regardless of your gender. Working closely with professors and peers, you’ll learn to see the world in new ways as you connect personal experiences with gender to broader, contemporary issues around the globe. Topics of study include relations of domination and oppression; the social and cultural construction of gender, sexuality, race, class and culture; popular culture; social movements; public policy and law; social justice; and ideologies of inequality, democracy, colonialism and imperialism. The Women’s and Gender Studies bachelor’s degree program also offers a wealth of opportunities for cross-disciplinary education, with a broad liberal arts curriculum that overlaps a wide spectrum of academic areas.

What You’ll Learn as a Women’s and Gender Studies Major

  • How women's and gender studies has transformed scholarly methods and approaches to compensate for the neglect of women by traditional academic disciplines
  • Social and political issues as they pertain to women’s studies and gender studies
  • Critical thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills that will help prepare you for virtually any career path

Beyond the Classroom: Experiential Learning in the Women’s and Gender Studies Bachelor’s Degree Program

Serve your community, gain practical career experience, and investigate women’s and gender issues around the globe. Our Women’s and Gender Studies bachelor’s degree program offers a variety of study abroad and hands-on learning opportunities that will enrich your undergraduate education.

Internship and Study Abroad Opportunities

Women's and gender studies majors have access to a wide range of internships that offer opportunities to work in advocacy rights, anti-sexual assault organizations, women’s business entrepreneurship programs, and much more. The following are a few of the internships recently held by women's and gender studies students at Wells:

  • The Feminist Press, New York City, N.Y.
  • Girl's Initiative Network, New York City, N.Y.
  • National Organization for Women, Washington, D.C.
  • Planned Parenthood of Tompkins County, Ithaca, N.Y.
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts, Washington, D.C.
  • Sexual Assault Victims Advocate Resource, Auburn, N.Y.
  • Women's Opportunity Center, Ithaca, N.Y.

Our selection of overseas programs also enable you to explore cultural differences in gendered attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors on an international level. Learn more about study abroad programs at Wells College.

Related Minor Degree Programs

The Women’s and Gender Studies program is available as both a major and a minor. With extensive cross-disciplinary study opportunities, this major can also be paired with many different minor programs, such as:

Career Options for Women’s and Gender Studies Majors

In the Women’s and Gender Studies bachelor’s degree program at Wells, you learn how to problem solve, think critically, and communicate effectively through writing and speaking. This is also a major that overlaps and connects with all kinds of different academic disciplines, from business to government and international studies and much more. As a result, our women’s and gender studies majors tend to pursue a wide variety of career paths, in fields including advocacy, law, politics, social work and as entrepreneurs.

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"I think one of the things that really drew me to Wells was how important student participation was and how you could be involved in so many different aspects on campus. I help organize events and participate in the discussions, which is awesome because the small size makes everyone's voice heard."

Michelle Lee '16
Women's and Gender Studies Major
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Program Faculty
Vic Muñoz
Professor of Psychology and Gender Studies
Theory and Practice

Body positivity, women's and gender rights are among many important issues of which Women and Gender Studies majors learn the history and theory— and how best to advocate for. Wells College has a Women's Resource Center (WRC) where bi-weekly meetings are held for all students. Besides the classroom, this has been an inclusive space to discuss issues affecting women, people of color, and LGBTQ+ community. Resources are endless for students choosing the major, and they can get such information in their very own library of books, DVDs and more. Events such as Love Your Body Day and the Body/Vagina Monologues are hosted by the WRC, giving students the opportunity to embrace their body and learn inclusiveness through a variety of performances.


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