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Women’s and Gender Studies is an interdisciplinary program that encourages the development of critical perspectives in both intellectual and activist contexts. Women’s and Gender Studies teaches students to re-examine traditional beliefs and to recognize that gender, race, class, ethnicity, age, sexuality, and nationality are crucial aspects of identity and can be understood primarily in their intersections. The program offers a Major, a Minor, an Honors track, and a Graduate Certificate.

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*2015 Susan Ford Wiltshire essay competition deadline: March 25, 5 PM.


Women's and Gender Studies gives two awards each spring, one for the best undergraduate essay and one for the best graduate essay. The submitted essays must be on a topic concerning gender, race, ethnicity, class, and/or sexuality. They must have been written during the previous calendar year. The competition is open to students in all schools and colleges of the University, including graduating seniors.


For more information, please download this informative PDF or visit the Essay Competition page.



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