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 major discipline of study or two support areas (minors) 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
or COMM-340 Persuasion and Advocacy
HS-213U S. Women's Rights & Lives2
Take one from the following:2-4
Art History 2/Renaissance
Media Studies
Persuasion and Advocacy
Logic & Argumentation
MGT-395Topics-Management:Women & Economy3
PSY-360Psychology of Gender4
INTERN-383Internship Seminar2
WGS-399Formal Introduction to Advanced Work0
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:
Logic & Argumentation
Psychology of the Adult Learner
Women's Health
Women & Leadership
Confronting the Holocaust
Glbl Ct: Access to Ed: Women Around Wrld
Advanced Internship Seminar
Independent Study (see advisor)