Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies 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 Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies 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 studio fine 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 healthcare 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.
Gender, Sexuality and Women's Studies provides a foundation of knowledge that prepares students for careers in business, education, journalism, law, politics and public policy.
An interdisciplinary introduction to feminist scholarship on gender, women and sexuality. The course is broad in scope and covers topics in feminist theory, the social construction of gender and issues affecting women’s, men’s, and others’ lives.
A required interdisciplinary course designed as the culmination of the major or minor. The topic of the capstone course varies from year to year; past topics covered women’s rights in the United States and feminist film.
An internship at a local service agency, women’s advocacy group, childcare center or other organization. The goal is to develop the students’ knowledge of groups that work on issues related to gender and sexuality in the Capital Region.