Why choose Gender and Women's Studies at North Central?
At work or home, at the doctor’s office or in the voting booth, traveling transnationally or tweeting pop culture, the categories of gender and sex affect our daily lives. The Gender and Women’s Studies (GWS) program explores questions that today’s leaders and informed citizens encounter. A few examples: What is the difference between sex and gender? How have terms like “women” and “men” historically been defined? How do people challenge gender scripts they feel pressured to perform? What does it mean to be an ally to people facing oppressions related to sex, gender, sexuality, etc? How do sex and gender intersect with race, ethnicity, sexuality, class, age, ability, nationality, etc? Whether you’re majoring in biology or marketing, theatre or education, political science or religious studies, business or English, we’ll help you build a résumé that tells employers and graduate schools that you’re serious about understanding identity and diversity in sophisticated ways. Whatever your major, GWS can help you make an impact in local and global communities.
You can also:
- Participate in discussions on topics like women’s rights activism, gender-based violence, LGBTQI rights, reproductive health care, transgender identity, masculinity in performance, and religious perspectives on sex and gender.
- Attend special presentations by visiting scholars and organizers at the forefront of 21st century developments in Gender and Women’s Studies.
- Design an individualized major in Gender and Women’s Studies as preparation for graduate school.