Women's and Gender Studies

Women's and Gender Studies Course Descriptions

Informed by the Mission of the University and motivated by the dedication to service and justice that continues to guide the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, the University's sponsoring congregation, the Concentration in Women's and Gender Studies at UIW emphasizes the dignity of each person and the transformative power of a commitment to truth. Cross-disciplinary in course offerings and housed in the Department of English, this concentration grounds students in theory and immerses them in practice so that they are enlightened citizens who advance knowledge and the common good. Following current trends in academia, this program prepares undergraduates for a variety of different career and graduate school paths while providing them with an inclusive, multi-perspective approach to learning. During this preparation, students are encouraged to value the voices of others and provide them agency in a variety of forms. By recognizing, engaging, and validating the voices of women and other marginalized groups, students can understand and influence social ideologies as well as cultural norms and shifts based on gender.