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Women’s and Gender Studies

Learning Beyond the Classroom

Our students are encouraged to take their learning beyond the classroom walls into the field where they are mentored by their professors.

In a classroom without walls students engage in hands on experience in Fieldwork, Internships and Directed Studies that include:

Fieldwork in the Southwest

  • Living on a 100,00  acre cattle ranch for a portion of the summer, doing oral histories and documentary work, assisting Dr. MacKenzie in doing research for a book and documentary on ranching women and cowgirls in southern New Mexico.
  • Learning about the history, arts and crafts, political struggles, rituals, and story-telling in southwestern Native American Pueblo and Navajo cultures.  Students visit archaeological sites and stay on the pueblo and reservation and learn from members of the tribe.  They also learn how to make SW-style jewelry.
  • Visiting the desert southwest and experiencing the diverse culture, landscape and sky.  Past field work included trips to Native American pueblos, working ranches, the desert, museums, nature preserves, and camping under the stars in Chaco Canyon.  Students met with and learned from southwestern artists, writers, environmentalists, biologists, and astronomers as they traveled across New Mexico and Arizona with three professors.

Internships and Directed Studies

  • During Internships and Directed Studies students have gained experience working on presidential campaigns, internships in the Statehouse, with LGBT youth, creating and implementing Diversity and anti-bullying policies and programs in local high schools and the workplace, with teenage girls who are substance abusers, and with victims of domestic violence.
  • Internships and Directed Study are available for students to further their education in gender, women, and diversity.  Contact the chair for more information.