Women's and Gender Studies
|Nancy Reagin, PhD
Women’s and Gender Studies
Welcome to the Women’s and Gender Studies Department on the Pace University New York City campus.
What is Women’s and Gender Studies?
Women’s and Gender Studies developed as an academic discipline in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s to engage in research and exploration concerning all areas of women’s experience. Interdisciplinary and multicultural by definition, Women’s and Gender Studies emphasizes the importance of gender while including other categories of analysis such as race, class, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, nation, and age. Recently, WGS has grown to include the study of men and masculinities.
By reexamining history, literature, sociology, psychology, and other disciplines from a feminist perspective, WGS seeks to understand gender roles in past and contemporary societies, women's special concerns, gendered power structures and the representation of women and men in the arts and humanities. We also study the formation of gender (sex roles and stereotypes) as it shapes our notions of race and sexuality.
Women’s and Gender Studies at Pace
For all Pace students, the WGS Department offers exciting, cutting-edge courses that often count for Core. Because it is interdisciplinary, students can easily double major by designing an individualized curriculum that combines courses from a more traditional arts and sciences major with those of WGS. Students who major, double major, or minor in Women’s and Gender Studies - or who simply take one or two WGS courses - develop a deeper understanding of gender issues and gain a new perspective on their work in such disciplines as law, education, nursing, business, economics, the sciences, and the humanities.
Faculty include Distinguished Professors and book authors who have made deep interventions in the study of women and men, gender, and sexuality. Our professors also engage in innovative pedagogies.
For the 2009-2010 School Year, Women’s and Gender Studies will be continuing our Gender Violence Series, featuring “Conversations” on many aspects of Gender Violence in our personal lives, on campus, in the media, nationally, and globally. Next year we are proud to be sponsoring TAKE BACK THE NIGHT 2010! We will be presenting a series of events leading up to this special and important event. Please look forward to details regarding how you can get involved!
For more information contact:
Nancy Reagin, PhD
Women’s and Gender Studies Department Chair
New York City Campus