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Gender Studies

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Gender Studies

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About Gender Studies

Gender studies is a dynamic, interdisciplinary field that studies and analyzes the experiences, perspectives, and contributions of women, men, transgendered and intersexed people, and systems of gender relations in various cultural settings and periods. Gender studies majors, many of whom carry a second major, take classes in our program and in 16 affiliated departments, and often take leadership roles in progressive campus clubs and activities. Majors pursue advanced study and careers in fields such as law, public and international affairs, social sciences, the humanities, and the arts. You will gain a foundation for understanding the social, intellectual, and political forces that shape your own and others’ personal and professional lives.

Interesting Classes I Might Take

  • Introduction to Gender Studies
  • Feminist Theories and Methodologies
  • Holding up Half the Sky: Gender, Writing, and Nationhood in China
  • Queer Theory
  • Black Feminist Thoughts 
  • Psychology of Gender
  • Families in the United States

Full course list here

Beyond the Classroom

Student club participation: Whether founding QLIC (Queer Lives in Color), HIPS (Health, Image, Power, Success), or the FFFem, etc., Monologues Collective; serving as president of VOX, a campus reproductive rights group; or membership in these and other clubs, gender studies majors and minors are very involved in cocurricular activities.

Recent internships: Intensive dance at Deeply Rooted dance Theater in Chicago, Ill., combined with research on the experiences of black women through dance. Working for Fondation Toya in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, on projects to empower girls and women and promote their leadership skills.

Popular study abroad programs: Antioch University: Comparative Women’s Studies in Europe (multiple countries); IES Amsterdam: Study Amsterdam (Netherlands), and SIT Netherlands: International Perspectives on Sexuality and Gender (Netherlands).

Recent faculty-student research projects: Conducted research for a chapter of recently published book, All Joking Aside: American Humor and Its Discontents; chapter explored the history of charged humor; required data-gathering, analyzing performances, and reading primary source materials. Co-authored a journal article exploring the impact of social media on the comedy industry; presented findings at the American Humor Studies Association Conference; to be published in the Comedy Studies Journal.

Recent senior theses: Tell Them to Shut Up and Listen: The Impact of Gay Men’s Masculinity on Early AIDS Activism; Do These Pants Make Me Look Like A Dyke?: Gender Display, Performance, Consumption, and the Power of Marked Clothing ; Miss Porter's Girls' Experiences with Sexuality Expression, Lesbian Stigma, and Identity Development; My High School is Burning!: Hypermasculine Drag Performance, All-Boys Catholic Education, and the Bully; and Rape in the Military: The Undiagnosed Epidemic of Underreporting and Hyper-Masculinity

VIDEO: A quick look at "Disorderly Women," an interdisciplinary class including a gender studies perspective. 

Success After Skidmore

Careers: A sampler of what our alumni do

  • Assistant district attorney, Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office
  • Assistant director, Camp Chi
  • Assistant professor of sociology, Clemson University
  • Associate director for state consumer health advocacy program
  • Business transformation/senior consultant, IBM
  • Cause marketing specialist and publicist, Sunshine Sachs & Associates
  • Columnist, Palm Beach Post
  • Development associate, Mosholu Preservation Corp.
  • Early childhood literacy specialist, Cambridge Public Schools
  • Federal nutrition program outreach coordinator/policy analyst, Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger
  • Founder and director, Building Fund
  • HIV/AIDS program manager, Louisiana Public Health Institute
  • Judicial clerk, Massachusetts Probate & Family Court
  • Mayor, City of Santa Barbara, Calif.
  • Nurse care manager, Institute for Behavioral Research 
  • President/founder, Second Bolt
  • Program manager, MIT-Chile, MIT International Science and Technology Initiatives
  • Senior new media manager, League of Women Voters school counselor, Brooklyn Latin School
  • Senior researcher to the CEO, NESsT (sustainable social enterprises)
  • Senior editor, creative content, Leopard Communications
  • Social worker/intake coordinator, Northwestern Memorial Hospital
  • Supervisor, Noel House Programs
  • Teacher, Tenacre Country Day School
  • Victim witness advocate, Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
  • Volunteer program coordinator, Kiva.org
  • Women’s education center teacher coordinator, Rosie’s Place
  • Youth development specialist, CASPAR Youth Services

Graduate Schools: A sampler of where our alumni go

  • CUNY Graduate Center, critical social/personality program
  • Johns Hopkins School of Nursing
  • UMass-Boston graduate program in women’s studies and public policy
  • University of Illinois-Chicago, maternal and child health
  • University of Michigan, John Marshall Law School

Faculty

Meet the Gender Studies faculty members.