Gender studies is a multidisciplinary field of knowledge and inquiry. Its purpose is to study the significance of gender and other primary categories of identity in society and everyday life. Other categories of identity include ethnicity, class and sexual orientation.

Our approach familiarizes students with ways to examine and explore gender issues through the particular modes of inquiry, theoretical frameworks and methodologies across disciplines. Topics of interest to explore usually include: sex, gender, identity formation and the implications of gendered systems of power. A gender studies minor is an excellent supplement to any major and is particularly suited for students preparing for graduate study and careers in social work, government, law, medicine, counseling and business.

The gender studies program is an interdisciplinary program that works closely with the following departments and programs: