Women’s and Gender Studies

What if you could deepen your understanding of any society on the planet by looking through the lens of gender...

Women’s and Gender Studies examines women’s experiences using methods from many fields.

Woman’s day
Each year one of our majors is awarded a prize in memory of Shilpa Raval, a 1991 Drew graduate
who studied English, classics and women’s studies. Raval (1969-2004), a popular professor
of Latin at Yale, specialized in gender and sexuality in the ancient world.

Careers Made easy

women’s work

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.

Successful Alumni

  • 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
    Rutgers University

Learn more about when you graduate

We have an active feminist club on campus, as well as
WoCo: A Feminist House, one of Drew’s residential theme houses.
Both help create a close community for majors.

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

View the Course Catalog