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College Of Arts And Sciences
Women's and Gender Studies
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Why Women's and Gender Studies?

Why has the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted women and people of color? Why is Black infant mortality significantly higher than white infant mortality? Why are kids in kindergarten often separated into boys and girls lines on the way to the cafeteria? Our Women’s and Gender Studies program, in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, provides you with the opportunity to answer questions such as these. Through coursework in WST, you will develop critical, intersectional lenses to identify the power hierarchies in the social, economic, and political systems and institutions around us. You will draw on a wide range of critical thought, such as disability studies, queer studies, Black feminist thought, and transnational feminisms. The program is small, meaning you'll learn in an intimate setting, with meaningful discussion alongside your professors and peers. As a major or minor, you take core courses with WST faculty, with options to fill electives in a wide range of other departments. We also offer additional Specializations in Gender and Social Change, or Gender, Sexuality, and Public Health.

AREAS OF STUDY:
  • Feminist Theory
  • Histories of Feminism
  • Black Feminist Thought
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Disability Studies
  • Queer Studies
  • Global Feminism
  • Gender, Race, Ethnicity
  • Gender & Sexuality

Ready to take the next step?

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Black Women & Social Change
  • Intro to Queer Studies
  • Feminism, Ecology, Climate
  • Immigration, Borders, Identity
  • Sex, Politics, Families

ADMISSION INFO:

As a non-restricted major, there are no additional admission requirements for this program. Please review the general admission criteria related to how you are applying.

After Graduation

Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It’s about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Nearly 95% of SBU grads are employed or go to professional or graduate school. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of them.

CAREER OPTIONS:

  • Social worker
  • Journalist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Women’s and LGBTQ resource center

RECENT EMPLOYERS:

  • New York University
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • Pan American Development Foundation
  • World Resources Institute
  • Americorps
  • Google

Interested in this Major?

Department of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Chair: Lisa Diedrich

Office: Humanities 2048

Phone: (631) 632-1967

College Of Arts And Sciences
Women's and Gender Studies
Back to all Programs

Why Women's and Gender Studies?

Why has the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately impacted women and people of color? Why is Black infant mortality significantly higher than white infant mortality? Why are kids in kindergarten often separated into boys and girls lines on the way to the cafeteria? Our Women’s and Gender Studies program, in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, provides you with the opportunity to answer questions such as these. Through coursework in WST, you will develop critical, intersectional lenses to identify the power hierarchies in the social, economic, and political systems and institutions around us. You will draw on a wide range of critical thought, such as disability studies, queer studies, Black feminist thought, and transnational feminisms. The program is small, meaning you'll learn in an intimate setting, with meaningful discussion alongside your professors and peers. As a major or minor, you take core courses with WST faculty, with options to fill electives in a wide range of other departments. We also offer additional Specializations in Gender and Social Change, or Gender, Sexuality, and Public Health.

AREAS OF STUDY:
  • Feminist Theory
  • Histories of Feminism
  • Black Feminist Thought
  • Critical Race Theory
  • Disability Studies
  • Queer Studies
  • Global Feminism
  • Gender, Race, Ethnicity
  • Gender & Sexuality

Ready to take the next step?

SAMPLE COURSES:

  • Black Women & Social Change
  • Intro to Queer Studies
  • Feminism, Ecology, Climate
  • Immigration, Borders, Identity
  • Sex, Politics, Families

ADMISSION INFO:

As a non-restricted major, there are no additional admission requirements for this program. Please review the general admission criteria related to how you are applying.

After Graduation

Your college decision isn't really about the next four years. We get it. It’s about what doors are opened by your degree and whether those opportunities are what you had envisioned for yourself. Nearly 95% of SBU grads are employed or go to professional or graduate school. Here's a snapshot of what life after graduation looks like for some of them.

CAREER OPTIONS:

  • Social worker
  • Journalist
  • Policy Analyst
  • Lawyer
  • Women’s and LGBTQ resource center

RECENT EMPLOYERS:

  • New York University
  • SUNY Buffalo
  • Pan American Development Foundation
  • World Resources Institute
  • Americorps
  • Google

Interested in this Major?

Department of Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies

Chair: Lisa Diedrich

Office: Humanities 2048

Phone: (631) 632-1967

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