Women’s and Gender Studies examines women’s experiences using methods from many fields.
What is life like for women who emigrate from Morocco to live in Paris or London? How do cultural differences of opinion about the role of women play out for them day to day? Our majors study issues such as this firsthand.
You explore the answers through real-life experience and the latest writing and thinking from around the world. In what way do the factors of class, race/ethnicity, sexuality, age and cultural and national identity shape
Students recently did research and training at the United Nations in New York. They attended important U.N. meetings and interacted with women’s rights activists from 14 countries.
Our courses are taught by amazing faculty spanning nearly every social science, humanities and arts department at Drew. This lets us study women’s contributions to such areas as history, social development, art, science, culture and politics.
Careers Made easy
Our majors have gotten great résumé experience through projects such as helping refine the curriculum of Prepare, a New York—based organization that offers self-defense training. Our students, of course, take the training themselves in order to experience and understand it.
Being profoundly interdisciplinary means our majors can go on to a wide variety of careers based on their interests—from graduate school in history or social sciences, to the arts to nonprofit activist and social service organizations.
Students have benefited from combining our major with language studies. We’ve run a number of language-based Drew International Seminar programs and summer programs in places such as the Dominican Republic, Argentina, Morocco and France that deal with issues of gender, race and identity.
For my senior capstone project, I edited workbooks for [professional] self-defense classes designed for both men and women. I made the text more accessible and made sure the language used pertained to both men and women.
- Assistant professor of history
Lafayette College, Easton, Pa.
- Congressional security scholar
Truman National Security Institute, Washington, D.C.
- Graduate student, women’s and gender studies
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My Favorite Course
“It looked at the psychological and feminist theory behind gender violence and resistance efforts. We also spent 20 hours in a self-defense class, integrating the practical and the theoretical.”
Kestin Gussoff on Gender Violence and Women’s Resistance