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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies is an interdisciplinary minor that focuses on gender as a significant cultural and cognitive category. The minor prepares students for fields such as communication, counseling, criminology, education, health, journalism, law, politics, psychology, and applied sociology. Employers value a minor in this field because it indicates that a student has strong critical thinking skills and an interest in fostering an inclusive, socially responsible workplace culture. Students interested in graduate school will also find a minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies valuable for further study in English, history, social sciences, law, and the health professions.

Minor in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

To complete the minor, students take HIST/WMST 130 Introduction to Women's Studies plus five additional courses drawn from at least two different disciplines. If students choose the Gender Studies Pathway in the Marist Core, they may complete four courses applicable to the minor as part of their Core requirements.

In addition to WMST/HIST 130 Introduction to Women's Studies, courses frequently taken for the Pathway and minor include the following:

  • COM 400 Gender, Culture, and Communication
  • ENG 220 Literature and Gender
  • HIST 332 Women and Religion in America
  • MDIA 335/WMST 385 Gender and Media
  • POSC 214 Gender and Law
  • PSYC 331 Psychology of Women
  • SOC 336 Social Inequality

Women's Studies Student Clubs and Leadership Opportunities


The sexualization and objectification of women's bodies in today's society incurs shaming effects. In response, a new group on Marist's campus, maristfemme, has begun to lead conversations about these issues and to create a space for authentic images of feminine empowerment.

Among the questions this group will discuss are the following: What has motivated the sexualization and objectification of women's bodies in today's society? If it is what we imagine, that men want to control and dominate the potential power of women in their authentic self-empowerment, then what to make of the authority of these images? What should we make of authority that requires shame and fear to maintain obedience? And since no woman genuinely feels fulfilled by this spectacle, what then are we to make of the excess of feminine subjectivity to this impotent framing? What might serve as authentic practices that would encourage feminine subjectivity's self-empowerment? And what can Marist do to cultivate and encourage this possibility? What kind of space might we want on campus to encourage genuine, authentic, unique feminine empowerment?


Any questions, please e-mail: mailto:sara.crft1@marist.edu

The Marist Ally Network

The "Ally Network" symbol is a message to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and questioning people and their allies that the person displaying this symbol promises to be understanding, supportive, and trustworthy if a lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender person needs help, advice, or someone with whom s/he/they can talk. The person displaying this symbol can also provide access to valuable information and resources.

The goal of this program is to provide a welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender persons by establishing an identifiable network of persons who can provide support, information, and a safe place for LGBTQ persons within our campus community. Those who have committed to being allies indicate that bigotry and discrimination are not tolerated. 

RGRG: The Race and Gender Reading Group

Race and gender affect us all, whether one is relatively privileged by one's race or gender identification or not. The Race and Gender Reading Group (RGRG) aims to contribute to the campus discussion of these issues by providing an interdisciplinary setting in which students and faculty can look at readings together and engage in discussion of the points they raise and related topics.

Each meeting is led by a facilitator who chooses a reading, generally an academic paper or news article that they find interesting. Both students and faculty can serve as facilitators, offering a unique experience to students interested in developing their leadership skills. In the past, we have examined issues of race and gender as they arise in philosophy, history, and popular culture, as well as current events, and we welcome an even wider array of disciplinary perspectives. We have explored the metaphysics of gender and race, the nature of oppression, the use of blackface and cross-dressing in historic ritual, diversity in comics, and female terrorists.

If you are interested in joining the group's iLearn site and getting on the mailing list, please e-mail Cathleen.Muller@marist.edu.