To develop students’ knowledge of and ability to analyze organizations that deal with gender and women’s issues, a one-term internship at a designated organization 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.
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.
Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies provides a multidisciplinary foundation of knowledge that prepares students for a variety of careers in business, neuroscience, social justice, education, journalism, law, politics and public policy, among many other career opportunities.