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Women’s and gender studies at Carthage is a cross-disciplinary academic program that studies how intersecting identity categories such as race, ethnicity, gender, sex, class, religious beliefs, and physical ability are socially constructed and strategically mobilized.

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  • Women’s and Gender Studies

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Enter a truly interdisciplinary, transnational world that involves the majority of the earth’s citizens. Study how women’s and gender studies have informed and changed how other disciplines are practiced today.

Courses in the program study the systemic operations of power, as well as strategies of community-building, coalition, and resistance, to become more conscious and knowledgeable actors in an increasingly diverse world. The program’s courses promote critical thinking and effective communication skills that prepare students to work in a world where companies increasingly require their employees to be conversant on issues relating to diversity and equity.

The minor in women’s and gender studies introduces students at the undergraduate level to some of the most important ways in which the study of women and gender is transformative in various academic disciplines and addresses why gender, race, and ethnicity matter in society and human history. Self-designed majors in women’s and gender studies are possible. Consult the program director if you are interested in creating a women’s and gender studies major or need more information about the program.

  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/100/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,303,1536,1839/33779_562_163701665847155.rev.1647284055.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/100/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,303,1536,1839/33779_562_163701665847155.rev.1647284055.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/100/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,303,1536,1839/33779_562_163701665847155.rev.1647284055.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/100/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,303,1536,1839/33779_562_163701665847155.rev.1647284055.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/100/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,303,1536,1839/33779_562_163701665847155.rev.1647284055.JPG 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/100/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,303,1536,1839/33779_562_163701665847155.rev.1647284055.JPG" alt="Emily Frost ?23" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/100/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,303,1536,1839/33779_562_163701665847155.rev.1647284055.JPG 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/100/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,303,1536,1839/33779_562_163701665847155.rev.1647284055.JPG 3x" data-max-w="1536" data-max-h="1536" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “Whenever I had a difficult time (either in my personal life or academically), my political science and women’s and gender studies professors were there for me. Almost all of them would adjust due dates if needed and provide me with extra support as well.”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/1528-">Emily Frost</a> ’23</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
  • <div class="lw_widget lw_widget_type_blockquote"><blockquote class="blockquote"><div class="blockquote__image"><picture class="lw_image"> <source type="image/webp" srcset="/live/image/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.webp 1x, /live/image/scale/2x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.webp 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.webp 3x"/> <source type="image/jpeg" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg 3x"/> <img src="/live/image/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg" alt="Serena Richardson ?24" width="183" height="183" srcset="/live/image/scale/2x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg 2x, /live/image/scale/3x/gid/118/width/183/height/183/crop/1/src_region/0,0,1956,1956/34504_Serena_Richardson_24.rev.1651691259.jpg 3x" data-max-w="1956" data-max-h="1956" loading="lazy"/> </picture> </div><div class="blockquote__content"><div class="blockquote__quote"><svg aria-hidden="true" class="icon icon-round-left-quote" width="48" height="33"><use xlink:href="#icon-round-left-quote"/></svg><p> “I took a dance class — Tap II — just for fun, and it was an absolute blast! I randomly decided to take Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies because a friend had recommended it to me, and now that’s my minor. You don’t know what you might like unless you try it!”</p></div><footer class="blockquote__footer"><span class="blockquote__author"><a href="/live/profiles/1871-">Serena Richardson</a> ’24</span></footer></div></blockquote></div>
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