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Women's and Gender Studies

Womens Studies and Gender Studies are complementary interdisciplinary fields whose research, scholarship, and creative activities examine womens lives, conditions and contributions within their historical, social, cultural, national and transnational contexts and explore how gender is constructed and negotiated within and across societies. By crossing the boundaries of traditional fields of study, the department seeks to create new, coherent understandings of human experiences.

The departments curriculum examines womens and mens identities and experiences through the constructs of gender, race, class, sexuality, age, ability, culture, religion, nation etc., within broader historical, social and global contexts, such as colonialism and globalization, among others. Through feminist and gender-based theories and methodologies, the Department of Womens and Gender Studies offers critical analyses, reflections, and contributions to knowledge regarding interlocking systems of oppression and privilege, thereby addressing issues of power, resistance and social transformation.

The Department of Womens and Gender Studies at DePaul University offers an undergraduate major and minor, a Five year BA/MA program, a Master of Arts (MA), and a  four course Graduate Certificate. A high percentage of Womens and Gender Studies undergraduate students double major in other academic departments or programs.

Priority deadline to apply for the Department of Women's and Gender Studies Master of Arts program is February 15th.