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We place the experiences and perspectives of women at the center of analysis.The field of women's and gender studies focuses on the experiences and perspectives of women and considers how gender intersects with other factors, such as race and class, to shape all of our lives. Founded upon the integration of theory and practice, and of critique and imagination, women's and gender studies brings approaches from other disciplines and fields into conversation with each other and with critical theories about gender and power to address and improve the lives of women and, by extension, of children and men. Inspired by both feminist and Marianist traditions, the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of Dayton promotes:
- integration, collaboration, and personal engagement in learning;
- the development and dissemination of critical thinking for social justice;
- the appreciation and protection of human dignity and diversity
- and leadership through responsibility and service to community.
Our academic programs advance the mission of UD.
Since its inception in 1978, the Women's and Gender Studies Program at UD has played a special role in reflecting and advancing the mission of the university, fusing the critical insights and social commitments of feminist scholarship and pedagogy with the holistic, anti-hierarchical, and transformative vision of Marianist education and Catholic social teaching.
Through its curriculum, faculty, and special programming, the Women's and Gender Studies Program has modeled this fusion in numerous ways:
- integrating the quest for intellectual understanding with the pursuit of social justice;
- appreciating both the gifts and the challenges of gender, racial, economic, cultural, and religious diversity and fostering the important critical and creative work of collaboration across differences;
- recognizing the intellectual, spiritual, moral, and physical aspects of both students and faculty as whole persons in ways that promote human dignity and the flourishing of the community;
- attending to the needs of the individual learner with concern for the well-being of the broader community and society.
We offer both a major and a minor in women's and gender studies. In addition to core WGS courses, our curriculum includes more than thirty courses offered across the disciplines, with strong representation both in the arts and humanities and in the social sciences. We have special strengths in English, history, philosophy, and sociology.
"What can I do with a women's and gender studies major?"
Women's and gender studies graduates at the University of Dayton and elsewhere have always parlayed their integrative perspectives and analytical acumen successfully into a wide range of fields. Many pursue advanced degrees. The kinds of connected thinking, critical analysis, and creative problem-solving that women's and gender studies requires are clearly valuable and readily adaptable skills in today's world.
Click on the publication at left to read what some of our graduates are saying about the impact of a Women's and Gender Studies degree on their career paths. (pdf)
Opportunities & ActivitiesThe activities, programs, and events sponsored by or connected with the Women's and Gender Studies Program allow students to deepen and apply their classroom knowledge while interacting with faculty, staff, other students, and community partners.
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The faculty and staff of the Women's and Gender Studies Program invite you to meet us and find out what we have to offer.
Research & ScholarshipThe Women's and Gender Studies Program draws faculty in from several disciplines. This interdisciplinary approach creates a well-rounded learning experience and creates a diverse and vibrant research base.
Please contact us for information about our programs. We look forward to hearing from you.
Women's and Gender Studies
University of Dayton
Alumni Hall Room 208
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-0322