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 adviser 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 adviser, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your student information and your program of study. You will be matched with an adviser who specializes in your major area of study.
The meaning of gender is changeable, that is to say, 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 of public and private
- distribution of wealth and patterns of labor
- the ways in which gender is represented 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 are one way to understand the ideologies, social patterns, and images that shape the 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 the Lang program on Race and Ethnicity, the program explore 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.
For more information or to join the Gender Studies contact list and receive notices about upcoming events, contact the the Gender Studies Program through email. Please indicate whether you are a student or faculty member.
Gender Studies Requirements Worksheet - Updated for Spring 2013 (PDF)
Gender Studies Course Booklet (PDF)
Gender Studies Faculty (PDF)