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Women's and gender studies major

You’ve heard of Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth, probably read Emily Dickinson and Toni Morrison and doubtless were awed by Sally Ride. What do these women have in common? They and other amazing women have played incredible roles in history, and they’re part of a continuing legacy. Now, you can study the effect women have had on philosophy, history, literature, anthropology and other disciplines and gain an understanding for how gender has always functioned as a dynamic component in our institutions and culture. You can do all this and more through the women's and gender studies major.


Begin your women’s and gender studies major or minor with a multidisciplinary introductory course that prepares you for one of the broadest areas of study at Marquette. Define your own emphases as you design your course of study. Then, integrate your academic experiences and test your ideas in the real world — where you’ll make valuable contacts — in our innovative capstone course. "One of the gross misconceptions about feminism is that it's only about women. But in order for a woman to live freely, men have to live freely, too." — Susan Faludi, author of Stiffed.

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Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.

Introductory course

  • Perspectives on Women in Society

Exploratory courses

These enable students to explore women’s and gender studies issues as they arise within particular disciplines. Students choose 4 courses.

  • Women and Men in Cross-cultural Perspective
  • Introduction to Schooling in a Diverse Society
  • Culture and Health
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Psychology of Prejudice
  • Women in the Bible

Integrative courses

These combine theory with practice or link distinct subjects together. Choose four.

  • Mass Media and the American Family
  • Women, Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Women’s Health
  • Childhood in America (offered every other year)
  • Politics of Race, Ethnicity and Gender (offered every two years)
  • Psychology of Gender Roles (offered annually)
  • Race, Gender, Medicine (offered annually)

Capstone Course

Women and Gender

You might like the Women's and gender studies major if you:

✓ Want to ask new questions and re-evaluate the traditional focus of many disciplines

✓ Want to delve into gender relations

✓ Explore ways in which gender-based divisions affect the growth of women and men

✓ Are interested in the role of women in politics in the 21st century

What can you do with a major in Women's and gender studies?

Studying at the BrewMarquette's women's and gender studies major is excellent preparation for graduate and law school, public opinion analysis, social work, and several other fields.

What you can do with a major in women's and gender studies?

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