BA in Womens and Gender Studies
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The Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) department on Pace University’s New York City campus offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in Women’s and Gender Studies, as well as three minors: WGS, Queer Studies and Nonprofit Studies for students who are planning careers in advocacy, educational or cultural organizations.
This academic discipline emphasizes the importance of women’s experience and gender while including other categories of analysis such as race, class, sexual orientation, ability, ethnicity, nation, and age. Women’s and Gender Studies also includes the study of men and masculinities, and of ways in which gender is a constantly changing category that influences law, social policies, popular culture, and private life. Examining history, literature, sociology, psychology, and other subjects, this discipline seeks to understand gender roles in past and contemporary societies, gendered power structures, and the representation of women and men in the arts and humanities.
BA in Women's and Gender Studies
Outside of the classroom, we have a working relationship with a variety of non-profits that advocate on women’s and girls’ rights issues, as well as issues of concern to the LGBTQ community. We have partnered with the U.N. Commission on the Status of Women and the National Organization for Women to create workshops and events for our students that expose them to the development of state policies that affect women and girls worldwide. In 2013, for example, we hosted a debate among the leading candidates in the upcoming NYC mayoral election about women’s issues.
Our faculty includes distinguished scholars and authors who have made important contributions to the study of gender, and sexuality. They include Dr. Karla Jay, one of the founding mothers of lesbian studies, and Dr. Martha Driver, a prominent scholar of gender in medieval cultures, as well as Susan Brownmiller, a leading feminist theorist and activist.
Our major also offers an internship seminar for juniors and seniors, which places students in internships that help to build their professional skills and resumes. We’ve placed students as interns at Planned Parenthood, the National Organization for Women, the New York Women’s Foundation, Covenant House, and the National Council for Research on Women, among others.
Many of our graduates have gone on to law school or graduate school, and have made successful careers in the nonprofit sector, working for advocacy organizations like Planned Parenthood, or for a variety of cultural and educational organizations in the New York City area. Several recent graduates have won prestigious Fulbright fellowships to study abroad after graduation.