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About the Program

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Women's and Gender Studies students Meredith Porter, Amber Cantrell, and Bri Sanders model one of the program's t -shirts, this one featuring a snarky quote excerpt from legendary anti-feminist Phyllis Schlafly in a speech given at the Citadel in April 2013 warning the men in the crowd to beware feminists as girlfriends because "some of them are pretty."

The College of Charleston has offered women's studies courses since 1984 when it first offered a concentration in women's studies under the studia humanitatis program. The minor in Women's Studies began in 1989 under the founding director, Cheshire Calhoun, and was modeled after the Women's Studies program at the University of South Carolina. The aim of the minor and the subsequent program was to correct gender bias in the conduct and content of academic knowledge.

The Women's Studies program began holding events such as Women's History Month sessions and lectures. These events have expanded over time, and the Women's and Gender Studies program is now one of the most active at the College of Charleston offering a flexible major and minor, a diverse internship program, a vigorous Community Advisory Board, an array of guest speakers and events, and a rich sense of community among its students, alumni, and faculty.

The professors who teach in this program—more than 50 in all--represent a variety of academic interests, specialties and disciplines, including English, theatre, biology, philosophy, history, political science, communication, public health, art history, Hispanic studies, anthropology, sociology, psychology, and more.  Students have tremendous latitude in selecting courses.