Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that draws its courses from across the university. All Lang students can take designated courses in Gender Studies to supplement their major course of study. Those who take six courses (two introductory, three intermediate to advanced, and one senior capstone course) guided by a gender studies advisor can obtain a document attesting to their completion of a minor in Gender Studies—see the Gender Studies Program Requirements Worksheet (PDF).
To meet with a Gender Studies advisor, email email@example.com with your student information and program of study. You will be matched with an advispr who specializes in your major area of study.
The meaning of gender is changeable; the culturally constructed idea of what sex difference means often differs from place to place and is renegotiated over time. To study gender is to study a central category of identity that shapes basic social structures such as
- Distinctions between public and private
- Distribution of wealth and patterns of labor
- Representations of gender in art, literature, and popular culture
- Understanding of sexuality and the body
- Definitions of sickness and health
- Norms for public life and the state
- The production of knowledge itself
Courses in Gender Studies offer a way to understand the ideologies, social patterns, and images that shape our world. Gender Studies raises questions about how the gender divide is formed and maintained and, often, resisted or undermined. Students explore international gender scholarship from the last four decades. Courses cover the history of feminist thought and action; men's studies; gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender studies; and queer theory. Working in conjunction with Lang's Race and Ethnicity program, Gender Studies explores the multiple intersections of race, class, and gender.
Watch footage from the spring 2010 Gender Studies conference, No Longer in Exile: The Legacy and Future of Gender Studies at The New School.