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A Sampling:

WGS-100. Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies

WGS-495. Capstone Course
(topics have included Feminist Film, Queer Theory, Feminist Theory)

ECO-237. Gender Issues in Economics

EGL-240. Black Women Writers

HST-284. Women in China and Japan

PSC-266. Women and Politics

PSY-245. Psychology of Sex Roles

REL-255. Religion, the Body and Sexuality

SOC-284. Sociology of Women and Health

SPN-330. Mexican Women's Short Fiction

Women's and Gender Studies
Women's and Gender Studies
Reamer Campus Center 302
807 Union Street
Schenectady, NY 12308
(518) 388-7109
Women's Studies class, "Feminist Film," with Professor Lori Marso
Women's Studies class, "Feminist Film," with Professor Lori Marso

Women's & Gender Studies

See where Union takes you:
  • Specialist, Save the Children
  • Public Defender, Franklin County (N.Y.)
  • Tour Consultant, ACIS Educational Tours
  • Kindergarten Teacher, Belmont Day School
  • Assistant Director of Gift Management, NYU
  • Commercial Litigation Associate, Day Pitney LPP
  • Board Clerk, Board of Bar Overseers (Mass.)
  • Undergraduate Program Director, Parsons The New School for Design
  • Quality Assurance and Oversight Manager, the nonprofit WHEDCo
Deborah Grinhaus ’15
Women's & Gender Studies
"I completed a Scholars' independent research project in which I analyzed the HBO Series, "Girls," and how it serves as an exemplar to the limits and possibilities of Third Wave Feminism."
Deborah (Kim) Grinhaus ’15

Women's and Gender Studies (WGS) is an interdisciplinary program rich with opportunities for research and critical analysis. It examines and challenges assumptions and constructs about gender that affect women’s and men's lives around the globe.

As a WGS major at Union, you will use feminist theory and gender analysis in courses across the disciplines – in Anthropology, Classics, Economics, English, History, Modern Languages, Music, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology and Visual Arts.

A central goal of the program is to help students become aware of unexamined assumptions and stereotypes about sexual and gender differences, and how they shape human organizations and institutions. Many courses also introduce students to differences of class, race, ethnic and sexual orientation in a range of societies.

To develop students' knowledge and ability to analyze organizations that deal with gender and women's issues, a one-term internship at a designated organization in the Capital Region is recommended. Students have interned with local social services, law and media centers, childcare centers, gay and lesbian groups, women's advocacy groups and health care providers.

Students gain a global perspective of this academic discipline through several international programs, including a three-week mini-term, Social Movements in Argentina, which features meetings with women's activists and political leaders. A term abroad in São Paulo, Brazil, delves into Women, Environment and Social Change.

WGS provides a foundation of knowledge that prepares students for careers in business, education, journalism, law, politics and public policy.