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Women’s and Gender Studies

Women’s and Gender Studies

The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) program is an interdisciplinary program that includes women’s studies, feminist studies, gender studies, masculinity studies and sexuality studies. The program is committed to a multicultural curriculum that integrates diverse perspectives.  Women’s and Gender Studies courses emphasize interactive learning in which student involvement, critical thinking, and personal insight are encouraged and made relevant in the learning process.

The Women’s and Gender Studies program at Merrimack College equips students with the analytic skills to integrate insights from a variety of fields, enabling them to become conversant with a variety of theoretical and methodological approaches and apply these approaches to the study of gender.

Women’s and Gender Studies students examine the social, cultural and scientific construction of gender; the dynamics of gender relations; processes of social change; and the intersection of gender with race, ethnicity, class, nation, and sexuality.  Our program combines courses offered by faculty in the Women and Gender Studies Program and courses offered by affiliate faculty from 13 departments and programs across the Merrimack Campus.

Students select from courses that focus on cultural understandings and representations of gender, sex, race and ethnicity in film, media and advertising; gender and the law; cross cultural, global and historical characterizations of gender and gender movements; literary narratives about gender, economic aspects of gender; and ethical, psychological, political and sociological dimensions of gender. Students in WGS can gain experience off-campus in courses that take learning out of the classroom into the field where students experience firsthand diverse cultures and landscapes in different areas like the desert southwest.

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