Women's and Gender Studies (major)

What you will study

As a student of Women’s and Gender Studies at Alverno College, you examine human experience through the lens of gender, develop valuable abilities and skills to engage and collaborate with others, and explore and develop effective opportunities for making positive changes in the world around you. You acquire an ability to analyze how social, political, economic, psychological, philosophical, artistic, and scientific influences shape your own and others’ positions in the world, developing a grasp of the contribution of gender to your own perspective and attitudes.

In your program of study, as you explore issues related to women and gender, you undertake an additional discipline of study to enhance your understanding of Women’s and Gender Studies and to enlist disciplinary frameworks of particular interest to you. You apply a variety of interdisciplinary perspectives to analyze issues related to women and gender. You deepen your understanding of the value of gender analysis to disciplinary frameworks and assess the significance of the study of women and gender for multiple areas of study. You analyze the relationship between systemic forms of prejudice and privilege and their impact on organizations and communities, building a complex conceptual grasp of organizations and systems that impact the communities around  you.

Hands-on learning opportunities are available in the form of both research and  organizational involvement. Depending on your areas of interest, you may intern, for example, on a research project related to issues in the lives of women and girls or with a local nonprofit organization that focuses on the advancement of the lives of women. You develop strong leadership abilities, become skilled in methods of leadership, and learn to apply your knowledge in real-world situations.

For 130 years, Alverno College has been dedicated to the education of women, preparing them for lives of personal and professional distinction and meaningful engagement with the world. Alverno extends this mission to men as well, through graduate and adult classes. We are a Catholic, liberal arts college with a curriculum so unique, educators from around the world come to Alverno to learn how we teach. Alverno’s abilities-based approach to learning ensures our graduates will learn more in class and retain knowledge longer. Students do not receive traditional grades, rather, they are assessed by faculty, community assessors, peers and themselves. Our small class sizes ensure students receive uncommon access to faculty. With an average student to teacher ratio of 10:1, you are guaranteed an individualized learning experience.

Women’s and Gender Studies Intermediate
WGS-200Intro to Women's & Gender Studies4
SOC-220Social Movements & Social Change4
COMM-340Persuasion and Advocacy3
HS-213U S. Women's Rights & Lives2
Take one from the following:2-4
Art History 2/Renaissance
Media Studies
Logic & Argumentation
PSY-360Psychology of Gender4
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
WGS-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
Take a minimum of two credits from the following:2-4
The Art of Creative Video
Themes in Philosophy:Confronting Evil
Thinking & Knowing
Philosophy of Food
Medical Ethics
Spirituality in Action
Philosophy & Science of Mindfulness
Women's & Gender Studies Advanced
HS-451Crit Prsp/Early Modern World, 1350-17504
PL-410Philosophy Perspectives & Methods4
WGS-491Senior Seminar4
Take one course of WGS electives (see IOL for options)2-4
Take one of the following:
Digital Photography
Logic & Argumentation
Independent Study
Psychology of the Adult Learner
Women's Health
Women & Leadership
Confronting the Holocaust
Global Citizen: Indigenous People
Glbl Ct: Access to Ed: Women Around Wrld
Advanced Internship Seminar
Independent Study
Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FSS-125 First Semester Seminar 2
HUM-150 Express/Interpretn Human Experience 4
CM-120 Communication Seminar 1 4
QL-122 Quantitative Literacy in Modern World 4
AC-151 Initial Social Interaction Assessment 0
FA-110 Intro to the Arts 4
CM-125 Communication Seminar 2 3
QL-156 Mathematical Connections 3
Life Span Development
or Introduction to Social Science
BSC-215 Working in Diverse Groups 2
Second Year
CM-225 Communication Seminar 3 3
WGS-200 Intro to Women's & Gender Studies 4
SC-112 Science and Women 3
HFA-210 Humanities & Fine Arts Elective 2
Introduction to Social Science
or Life Span Development
ADV-299 Intermediate Level Event 0
HS-213 U S. Women's Rights & Lives 2
Science Course for general education 4
Social Movements & Social Change
or Persuasion and Advocacy
Art History 2/Renaissance
or Themes in Philosophy:Confronting Evil
or Thinking & Knowing
or Medical Ethics
or Spirituality in Action
General Education Elective 2
PPS-229 Career & Internship Planning 1
Third Year
PSY-360 Psychology of Gender 4
General Education Elective 2
WGS Elective 4
MGT-395 Topics-Management:Women & Economy 3
WGS-399 Formal Introduction to Advanced Work 0
General Education Elective 2
Fourth Year
HS-451 Crit Prsp/Early Modern World, 1350-1750 4
INTERN-383 Internship Seminar 2
PL-410 Philosophy Perspectives & Methods 4
WGS-491 Senior Seminar 4
Logic & Argumentation
or Independent Study
or Women & Leadership
or Confronting the Holocaust
or Glbl Ct: Access to Ed: Women Around Wrld
or Independent Study
or Advanced Internship Seminar
 Total Credits93-96