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

Elizabeth Dale '04

Dale earned a master’s in Women’s Studies from The Ohio State University and a Ph.D. in Philanthropic Studies from Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis. She is currently an assistant professor of Nonprofit Leadership at Seattle University. Previously, she worked in philanthropy with assorted LGBT and women’s rights organizations in Chicago.


Program Contact Info


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

Program Contact

Director: Richelle D. Schrock
740 368-3871

Secretary: Wendi Garrett
740 368-3982