Gender, Diversity, and Social Justice

Why Study Gender, Diversity and Social Justice?

Merrimack College’s gender, diversity and social justice department is interdisciplinary and includes gender studies, race studies, sexuality studies, ethnicity studies and more through classrooms without walls. 

Major and Minors

Issues of equality and inequality influence how people see and experience the world, as well as the opportunities that may or may not be available to them. In this department, you will work with passionate faculty who use an interdisciplinary and intersectional lens to explore the role of gender, race, ethnicity, dis/ability, class, sexuality, and culture in shaping public, professional, and personal lives. You will study the nature and history of bias and the ways people come together to bring about change, and you will discover how this knowledge benefits every career. 

You can major in Women’s and Gender Studies or Social Justice, or minor in Women’s and Gender Studies, Social Justice, Race and Ethnic Studies. Our graduates secure highly prized positions in law, education, social justice and human rights work, non-profits, psychology and social work, business, media, publishing, human resources, libraries, and as international gender specialists and more.

Why Merrimack?

  • You’ll learn from a multicultural curriculum that integrates diverse perspectives.
  • Your classes will draw on the expertise of faculty from more than a dozen different programs across campus.
  • You’ll learn outside the classroom and experience diverse cultures and landscapes in areas such as the desert Southwest.

Triota Honor Society

Iota Iota Iota (Triota) is the National Women’s Studies Honor Society with over 140 chapters across the country, established to honor and celebrate the academic achievements of students in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, to foster an inclusive community on campus, and to encourage egalitarian values and a supportive academic environment for all students. Students who have completed a minimum of three WGS courses with a GPA of 3.0 are eligible for membership.

Master's Degree Pathways

Through the Double Warrior program, you can begin your graduate education while an undergraduate by taking up to two courses in your senior year at no cost. Popular master’s programs for gender, diversity and social justice students are:

Master of Education in Community Engagement

Our distinctive community engagement master’s degree equips you for a career in nonprofit leadership, community organizing, or social change.

Master of Social Work

Rooted in Augustinian values and social justice, Merrimack’s two-year graduate degree in social work is designed to prepare you to be an agent of positive change.

Living Out Loud Podcast

Living Out Loud: Storytelling for Social Change is the official podcast of the Gender, Diversity, and Social Justice Department at Merrimack College, and provides an opportunity for students and faculty to share stories and produce episodes.

Interested in joining our team? Contact department chair and podcast producer Debra Michals.

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