The Women’s and Gender Studies Program offers an interdisciplinary minor at the undergraduate level and guides graduate work in cooperating disciplines, as well as sponsors diverse speakers and events on campus that engage the Boston College community in a meaningful way.

The Women’s and Gender Studies Program is student-centered and holistically informed. Employing a transnational feminist pedagogical model, the WGS curriculum enables students to analyze gender and sexuality through lenses of identity and intersectionality. Students will learn not only how to critically explore issues of inequality and power in the classroom but will gain the tools to prudently engage with these topics beyond it.

By successfully completing the program, students cultivate skills invaluable to their professional and personal success. Past alumni have gone onto illustrious careers in public policy, healthcare, law, and higher education, among others.

Our Mission

The Women’s Studies Program has been a central space for students to explore issues of gender at Boston College for over 25 years. The creation of the program in the early 1980s correlated with the height of a women’s liberation movement that took wave across the world, culminating in achievements of equality and power that were desperately needed.

Our mission is to expose the limits of traditional education resulting from the exclusion of women and other marginalized groups in the creation of knowledge. We seek not only to highlight these limits, but to create new knowledge, discourse, areas of research, and values from women’s experience. We establish gender and sexuality as fundamental categories of analysis and emphasize a global perspective on feminism.

We seek to highlight the interaction of sexism with other axis of inequalities such as racism, heterosexism, ageism, ethnocentrism, classism, ableism, through examining feminist genres, methods, theory, structures, aesthetics, criticism, analytical tools, contemporary issues and pedagogy across history and culture. We do this work within an interdisciplinary community of scholars that spans across disciplines to connect students and faculty’s academic work to the social, political, and personal world outside their departments, outside the University, towards this promotion of social justice and human rights.

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