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In response to the recent hate crime in our city, the Women’s and Gender Studies program denounces all forms of hate and bigotry directed at our LGBTQ+ community and its members, on campus or in the city of Charleston. We expect that law enforcement will investigate and prosecute hate crimes as such, and with the urgency that such crimes demand. We affirm LGBTQ+ community members and allies, and condemn any acts intended to limit their/our safety and freedoms. This incident highlights the critical need for the state of South Carolina to follow the lead of the city of Charleston to pass strong and inclusive hate crime legislation without delay.

Women's and Gender Studies

Why should we study motherhood? What about sexuality, or masculinity?  Check out the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the College of Charleston.  If you want to examine society and history through a nontraditional lens, this discipline is for you.

Our program explores the intersections of gender, class, race, ethnicity, age, religion, ability, and sexuality. Through the College of Charleston's Women's and Gender Studies minor or major, you will be able to devote yourself to the study of women and gender in different cultures, contexts, and time periods. We discuss complex cultural issues—from historical to contemporary controversies—and teach students to think on their feet and develop a range of analytical approaches.

But most importantly, the experience and knowledge you will gain by choosing the minor or major in Women's and Gender Studies can give you a distinct advantage for future employment or graduate study.  Not only does this program introduce you to relevant social issues, it also fosters critical thinking, develops strong verbal writing and research skills, encourages social advocacy, emphasizes diversity, and gives you valuable, real-life experience.

Program News & Updates

The College Remembers Beloved Professor Alison Piepmeier