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Immersion

Why Immersion in Women’s and Gender Studies? 

An immersion sequence that includes courses and/or projects in Women’s and Gender Studies will foster interdisciplinary thinking about contemporary and historical understandings of gender, sexuality, and identities. Students can achieve a deeper understanding of the complexity and wholeness of human experience by reaching across epistemological and methodological divisions to foster comprehensive, interdisciplinary perspectives on social life. An immersion sequence in Women’s and Gender Studies compels one to recognize the problems and possibilities of the changing times in which we live, but also empowers one to change the world.

What Kind of Classes and Projects Will I Complete As Part of a Women’s and Gender Studies Immersion Experience? 

You will design your own immersion experience as a combination of courses and an individual project (see the Office of Immersion Resources website for complete information). Below are some immersion suggestions that Women’s and Gender Studies faculty think you might find interesting, but remember that you are in charge of your immersion experience!

  • Immersion Plan in Race and Gender

This immersion plan allows the student to investigate a topic or series of related topics that deal with the intersections of race and gender within a specified geographical and temporal frame. The student will create a class sequence based on their interests, and will ultimately complete a capstone project of their own design.

  • Immersion Plan in Global Feminism

This immersion plan allows students to use the theoretical and methodological tools of global feminism to investigate a significant contemporary issue. The student will create a class sequence based on their interests, and will ultimately complete a capstone project of their own design.

More specific information about immersion opportunities in Women’s and Gender Studies will be available in early August. 

Questions? Contact Professor Elizabeth Covington (elizabeth.covington@vanderbilt.edu)