The Women’s and Gender Studies major is an interdisciplinary program that examines how historical and current constructions of gender impact society. Students engage in the intellectual content of the discipline, which examines women’s issues, the role that constructions of gender play in shaping our thinking and social institutions, and the relationship between gender and other aspects of identity, including race, class, age, religion, and sexuality.

About the Major

Students develop an understanding of gender issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. We aim to show our students the real-life implications of their academic engagement in the context of globalization. Majors learn to recognize the social and ethical implications of knowledge practices and the relationship between theory and practice in both local and global contexts.

We are dedicated to helping students analyze the gendered dimensions of culture, politics, ideas, and texts. Courses explore gender and justice issues and examine relations between feminist scholarship and activism. This major is often combined with another, allowing you to pursue a career in virtually any field.

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Graduate Outcomes

Holley Hickman ’19

After graduating, Holley was accepted into the University of Maryland Carey School of Law. While at OWU, Holley was a member of OWU's Moot Court competition team.


Program Contact Info


Slocum Hall 335
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015
P 740-368-3299

Program Contact

Director: Richelle D. Schrock
Associate Professor of Africana, Gender and Identity Studies
Slocum Hall 335
740-368-3871 |

Academic Assistant: Wendi Kay
740-368-3982 |