Women's and Gender Studies

The Women's and Gender Studies program provides both men and women with tools for understanding, coping with, and changing the larger societal systems in which they must operate as both students and professionals. Women’s and Gender Studies courses engage students in provocative discussions and the conscious interrogation and practice of equality.

A minor in Women’s and Gender Studies complements any area of academic study. Women’s and Gender Studies courses can deepen a student’s comprehension of social, political and economic questions; explain the production of knowledge in fields as diverse as literature, engineering and media studies; and investigate the ways that assumptions about sex and gender influence how we think about and solve problems in business, law and medicine.

About the Minor

The minor in Women’s and Gender Studies provides students with a critical perspective on the ways that gender, race, class and sexuality shape social, cultural and political institutions in our world. Women’s and Gender Studies also focuses a critical lens on the ways that these overarching institutions shape individual experiences and group identities associated with characteristics related to gender, sex, and sexuality. Attention to these sorts of questions is valuable for students no matter what their major or post-graduation plans.

As an academic program, Women’s and Gender Studies provides a sharp focus on assumptions about the way the world can and does work. It offers a conceptual framework to analyze experiences of inequality or discrimination, and asks individuals to become active, engaged, thoughtful participants in their learning and in their lives. Women’s and Gender Studies prioritizes learning that is related to helping students understand their "real life" experiences, at the same time that it asks students to reflect on and ask difficult, provocative and meaningful questions about those experiences.

Women’s and Gender Studies works with many programs and departments at Drexel to emphasize how sex and sexuality intersect with history, culture and geography to produce different gendered beliefs and practices in the lives of individuals and the organization of social structures.

Course Requirements for the Minor in Women’s and Gender Studies »


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Director of Women’s and Gender Studies:

Mary Ebeling, PhD
Associate Professor, Sociology
Phone: 215.895.6145 | Office: PSA 218