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. Students can pursue Gender Studies as a minor or a guided area of study (Liberal Arts majors).
The meaning of gender is changeable; the culturally constructed idea of what sex difference means may differ 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.
Guided Area of Study (BA, Liberal Arts)
Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts cannot elect an academic minor, but they can pursue a guided area of study in Gender Studies. Students interested in this option are encouraged to consult with the program director to design a course sequence.
Minor in Gender Studies
Undergraduate students from any division of the university can select a minor from Lang’s offerings. Similarly, Lang students who are not majoring in Liberal Arts can select a minor from those offered in other divisions, provided they meet the prerequisites and related requirements. Students minor in Gender Studies by completing six courses (two introductory, three intermediate to advanced, and one senior capstone course). Students interested in this option should consult with the program director. See the Gender Studies Program Requirements Worksheet (PDF).
To meet with a Gender Studies advisor, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your student information and program of study. You will be matched with an advisor who specializes in your major area of study.
Watch footage from the spring 2010 Gender Studies conference No Longer in Exile: The Legacy and Future of Gender Studies at The New School.