Major in Women’s and Gender Studies

At Merrimack, as a women’s and gender studies major, you’ll have the opportunity to investigate cutting-edge issues on gender, race, ethnicity, class and sexuality.

What You’ll Learn

In the women’s and gender studies program, you will:

  • Examine the social, cultural and scientific construction of gender.
  • Study the dynamics of gender relations and social change in the United States and throughout the world.
  • Investigate how gender intersects with race, ethnicity, class, nation and sexuality. 
  • Gain a deeper understanding of women’s studies, feminist studies, gender studies, masculinity studies and sexuality studies.

Hands-On Learning

You’ll be able to participate in dynamic internships and directed studies programs that further issues like LGBTQ youth advocacy and high school anti-bullying policy. You can also broaden your experience by traveling to the Southwest and diving into fieldwork at Native American pueblos.

Career Options

Upon successful completion of the women’s and gender studies program, you’ll have a wide range of skills and a background in diversity which is highly valued in the 21st century labor force. You’ll also be well-equipped for graduate study in the fields of women’s/gender/sexuality studies or for advanced study in traditional disciplines and professional fields. Our graduates have become international gender specialists or found careers in law, education, social justice and human rights work, non-profit, psychology, business, media, publishing and more.

The Curriculum

Interdisciplinary Options
Our department combines courses offered by faculty in women’s and gender studies and courses offered by affiliated faculty from english, sociology, criminology, economics, business, visual and performing arts, philosophy, world languages and cultures, psychology, political science, history, religious and theological students, and the sciences. 

Courses You’ll Take

Women’s and Gender Studies Major Curriculum

Women’s and Gender Studies Major Requirements

General Education Requirements

In addition to the major requirements below, you will also need to complete Merrimack’s general education requirements.

To see more details about the major, please visit catalog.merrimack.edu.


Sample Curriculum Guide

Wondering when you’ll take certain courses? Use the Curriculum Guide—a sample four-year schedule—to get a sense of what your path to graduation looks like.