Investigate the Role of Gender in Human Communities
Gender and Women Studies draws from scholarship in history, anthropology, economics, sociology, psychology, political science, literature, drama, art — focusing on women's lives throughout the world to learn about history, literature, culture and the structure of societies.
Because there are differences in women’s lives and differences in the approach of various disciplines, Gender and Women Studies offers multiple perspectives in exploring the interrelations of race, class, culture, nation, sexuality and gender. The goal of Gender and Women Studies is to educate all people to understand the political, economic and social systems and processes that construct gender, race and class in cultures throughout the world — guaranteeing everyone is able to have a full voice in society and that diversity as a value permeates the culture of the college itself.
Interdisciplinary in its methodology, Gender and Women Studies incorporates the scientific methods used in traditional social sciences but includes other forms in which women's experiences and voices are heard: poetry, theater, fiction, diaries, history and other reflections of personal experience. An important component is the global context of these.
Courses include: Women in American History; Issues of Gender, Race and Class in Women's Lives; Women in the Global Context; Women and Politics; Psychology of Gender; plus independent study options. Except for the introductory course, all classes are cross-listed — offered discretely as well as within the Integrated Studies program, in coordinated studies or as linked courses. Independent studies are available, as well as an unpaid/for-credit TA internship, with the opportunity to work closely with your instructor on teaching and learning/pedagogical issues in the field.
With department courses, you can satisfy the U.S. Cultures, Global Studies and Integrated Studies requirements for the A.A. degree, get transfer preparation for a major or minor in Women Studies at the UW and other colleges and universities, or take individual courses if you are already in a four-year school.