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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.

The professors who teach in this program—more than 45 in all--represent a variety of academic interests, specialties and disciplines, including English, theatre, biology, philosophy, history, political science, communication, physical education, art history, Hispanic studies, anthropology, psychology, and more.  You'll also have tremendous latitude in selecting courses.

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.

Want to know more about social justice or the relationship between research and activism?  Check out Women's and Gender Studies.

WGS shirts

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."