Women’s Studies and Gender Studies are complementary interdisciplinary fields whose research, scholarship, and creative activities examine women’s 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 department’s curriculum examines women’s and men’s 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 Women’s 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 Women’s and Gender Studies at DePaul University offers a four course Graduate Certificate, a Undergraduate Major and Minor, a Five Year BA/MA Program, and a Master of Arts (MA) Graduate Program, a graduate level concentration available through the Master’s of Arts in Liberal Studies program. A high percentage of Women’s and Gender Studies’ undergraduate students double major in other academic departments or programs.