Women's and Gender Studies

Simmons was founded over a century ago for the purpose — radical at the time — of enabling women to earn their own livelihoods through access to education. Today, we continue that legacy in all that we do.

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Women's & Gender Studies courses, whether taken as part of the major or to enrich another discipline, invite students to understand past and present experiences in order to prepare for challenges and opportunities in their future personal and professional lives.

Our students develop theoretical, empirical and methodological perspectives for studying the status and experiences of women. By considering gender in diverse national and international contexts, you'll study the multiple and contested meanings and roles of gender to develop an understanding of how gender is related to other social categories such as race, class, age, sexuality, religion and nationality.

Our students find fulfilling careers in management, law, academia, counseling, education, library, museum or archival work, as well as health care, social services, public administration, writing, publishing and the media.

1. Four semester hours (1 course) in one of the three 100-level courses:

  • WGST 100 Introduction to Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies
  • WGST 111 Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies
  • WGST/ECON125 Women and Work

2. WGST 204 Roots of Feminism

3. Four semester hours (1 course) in a Race, Ethnicity and Diversity course selected from one of the following:

  • WGST 232 Race, Gender & Health
  • HIST 213 Race and Ethnicity in U.S. History
  • PHIL 223 Philosophy of Diversity
  • SOCI 249 Inequalities

4. Four semester hours (1 course) in a Globalization course selected from one of the following:

  • WGST 200 Women, Nation, State
  • WGST 210 Sisters of the African Diaspora
  • WGST/ECON 214 Women in the World Economy

5. Four semester hours (1 course) in a Methodology course selected from one of the following:

  • ENGL 390 Seminar in Literary Scholarship
  • HIST 260 Interpreting the Past: The Craft of History
  • SOCI 239 Introduction to Social Research

6. Twelve semester hours (3 courses) chosen from the list of Women’s and Gender Studies courses and electives. A course taken to fulfill the race/ethnicity requirement may not also count as an elective.

7. Four semester hours (1 course) in advanced coursework chosen from:

  • WGST 350
  • WGST 353
  • WGST 355
  • WGST 365
  • WGST 370
  • WGST 380
  • WGST 398
  • HIST 360
  • SOCI 346
  • PHIL 390

8. WGST 354 Feminist Theories (Capstone)

A minor in Women’s and Gender studies includes 20 semester hours (5 courses).

1. Four semester hours (1 course) in one of the three 100 level courses:

  • WGST 100 Introduction to Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies
  • WGST 111 Introduction to Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Studies
  • WGST/ECON 125 Women and Work

2. WGST 204 Roots of Feminism

3. Three elective courses selected from the list of WGST offerings

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

Our Faculty

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Diane Grossman

  • Professor and Chair; Honors Program Director, Mockler Chair, Faculty Senate President